NIPER joins hand with DSPRUD in promoting rational use of medicines
EPP News Bureau, Mumbai
THE National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER) along with Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs (DSPRUD) and the India-WHO Programme on Essential Drugs recently conducted a programme on ‘‘Promoting rational use of drugs by involving the pharmacists’’ (PRUDIP).
This one and a half day programme was conducted at the Institute premises in SAS Nagar. Over 25 participants from various sections of the pharmacy profession have attended the programme, which included hospital pharmacists, community pharmacists, educators, and students.
Prof Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, president, DSPRUD inaugurated the programme and delivered the keynote address. Elaborating the treatment strategy for HIV, he said that the WHO has set a target of treating three million HIV patients by the year 2005. Further, he also outlined the various anti-retroviral therapeutic agents, which are clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of HIV.
He appreciated the efforts of pharmaceutical scientists and the industry for bringing down the daily cost of therapy to as low as Rs 50-60 a day. However, he also cautioned that for the drug therapy to be successful, the serious adverse effects will need to be monitored intensively. While speaking on the occasion, the director of the institute Dr C L Kaul said that worldwide over 50 per cent of the medicines are prescribed or sold inappropriately while an equal number of patients fail to take them appropriately. He emphasised that the commonalities between the objectives of the institute and the Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs have led to this collaboration between the two organisations. According to a release, the programme which was meant for pharmacists towards promoting safer and improved use of medicines focused on the role of the pharmacists to promote rational use of drugs and the pharmacists get a chance to learn the practical approaches for studying and implementing the RUD key features including essential drug list, indicators of RUD, sources of drug information and proper interventions to change inappropriate pattern of drug use in the daily practice of health providers.