Prof B Suresh, President Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) on Tuesday delivered a lecture of the International Webinar series by department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with UGC-Human Resource Development Centre of University of Kashmir (KU).
Prof Suresh, who is also Pro-Chancellor, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysuru, delivered the lecture on the topic, "Pharmacy Profession in India: Present Status and Future Challenges".
According to the organizers the lecture was attended by more than 1,000 participants including students, scholars, academicians, industrialists, non-academicians and drug regulators from all across the world.
Prof Suresh discussed at length about the recent trends and latest advancements made in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Calling upon his fellow-pharmacists to equip themselves with the latest knowledge about healthcare and medicines so that they can contribute directly in patient care, Prof Suresh emphasized upon the need to enhance skills, competencies, know-how and abilities of pharmacists in various specializations of pharmacy.
In her welcome address, Prof Nahida Tabassum, Head Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences dwelled upon the academic and research contributions of her department and hoped with the extension of jurisdiction of the PCI and Central Pharmacy Act to Jammu and Kashmir, practice of pharmacy profession as well as pharmacy education will be streamlined.
Director, UGC-HRDC, KU Prof Shabir Ahmad Bhat emphasized that the PCI should take initiatives to ensure that the pharmacists get fully integrated in the healthcare system and drug policy formulation for improving access to healthcare and essential medicines.
Organizing Secretary of the webinar, Dr Geer Muhammad Ishaq dwelled upon the importance of such a lecture at a time when pharmacy profession was fast transitioning worldwide from bench side to bed side and the focus was shifting from the product to the patient.