IPA CPD's National Convention for practicing Pharmacists held at Farmagudi, Goa

For the first time in the history of State of Goa, a national convention for practicing pharmacists (community and hospital) took place on October 29th, 2012..This one day national convention was held at PES,s Tarabai and Rajaram Bandekar College of Pharmacy, Farmagudi, Ponda & was jointly organized by the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA ) through its Community Pharmacy Division (IPA CPD) & IPA Goa State Branch. It received an overwhelming response & was well attended by over 350 pharmacists from the states of Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka & Gujarat. Mr. Mahesh Nagarsekar, Administrator of the host college was the Chief Guest for the function, while Mr. Salim Veljee, Director, Food & Drug Administration, Govt. of Goa & President of IPA Goa State Branch, was the Presiding Officer. Mrs. Manjiri Gharat, Vice-President & Chairperson, welcomed all for this historic convention & explained the objectives of the convention. She emphasized on the threats & opportunities for the retail pharmacy sector & emphasized on the CHANGE needed to cope up with the changing scenario. Shri Veljee in his presidential speech stressed upon the need for such conventions and continuing education of pharmacists, and appealed to all the pharmacists to professionalize in their services to the society. He mentioned that with collective efforts of all stakeholders, Goa should become a role model for the pharmacy practice. Dr R V Gaitonde, Principal of the host college, also addressed the audience on this occasion. Also, ? ?Aushadhbhan?, a book in Marathi. on consumer education on medicines, authored by Ms. Manjiri Gharat was released at the hands of Shri Veljee .

The inauguration was followed by scientific sessions. In a very interesting first session, Dr. P V Rataboli, Professor of Pharmacology, Goa Medical College. spoke on medication errors. He pointed out various dispensing errors, their dangerous outcomes & highlighted the need for improved communication between the doctors, pharmacists and the patients. Mrs. Manjiri Gharat outlined the role of the pharmacist in public health & emphasized the need for engaging the pharmacists in various national health programs & explained the successful participation of the pharmacists in the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme. Later, Dr.M P Joshi, Professor, Goa College of Pharmacy presented a case of a new antidiabetic drug entering in the market. Dr Joshi elaborated the pharmacological profile of the gliptins and pointed out the likely shift from hypoglycemic to antihyperglycemic agents. Shri Raj Vaidya, past chairman IPA CPD & practicing community pharmacists from Hindu Pharmacy, Panaji took a case study, and elaborated the various aspects of a common cold, and how it could be dealt at the pharmacy counter, and also the dilemmas faced by pharmacists in doing so.. and in making the correct choice of remedies from the available market preparations. This was an unique convention where most of the speakers were practicing community pharmacists. Mr. Tushar Shinde and Mr. Hemant Katkar, practicing pharmacists from Navi Mumbai together shared their experiences and elaborated on how the use of technology can be made benefit of for patient oriented services as well as to improve the business. Mr. Savio Figueredo, practicing pharmacist from Aldona - Goa narrated his experience of running a village Pharmacy, and the simple yet important basic facilities he has introduced in his pharmacy, and how he took time out to offer various patient oriented services in his pharmacy. Mr. Radheshyam Bhagat, practicing pharmacist in New Zealand shared his experience of New Zaeland Community pharmacy practice. Mr. Sagar Kulkarni, practicing pharmacist from Kalyan, Maharashtra apprised the gathering of the possible impact of FDIs and chain pharmacies in India . He also shared his enriching experiences of attending FIP World Pharmacy Congress ? Amsterdam & encouraged all the pharmacists to attend the FIP Congresses in future.

A poster competition was also held on the occasion for the students. Mr. Anant Naik, Hon. Secretary, IPA Goa and Mr. Ratnadep Kurtarkar. practicing pharmacist, from Ponda, Goa were the Convenors for the Convention. The entire organizing team worked hard for several months to put together for the success of this convention. It is proposed to have the next Convention in November 2013, in Ahmednagar.
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