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IPA-CPD releases important guides for pharmacists

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The booklet titled, ‘Community Pharmacy Practices Around the World’ covered 31 countries

20180415ep18The past two months have seen the release of two significant publications from the Indian Pharmaceutical Association’s Community Pharmacy Division (IPA CPD). The first was the release of an e-booklet, titled, Community Pharmacy Practices Around the World – Part One.

A compilation of articles contributed by community pharmacy experts from different countries in IPA CPD’s bi-monthly newsletter, IPA CPD e-Times, the e-booklet covers community pharmacy practices from 31 countries. The ebooklet can be downloaded from here:

The e booklet was released by Paul Sinclair, President of Community Pharmacy Section of International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP CPS) during the interactive session of FIP CPS ExCo team in Mumbai at IPA on February 18.

“Crossing boundaries, learning from each other is always inspiring and an exciting process. We hope that this compilation will be a useful resource to pharmacy students, and pharmacy professionals across the globe who wish to have a brief overview of community pharmacy in different countries in the world. We thank all the colleagues from around the world who contributed their time and expertise to write valuable articles for eTimes,” said Manjiri Gharat, Vice-President, IPA and Chairperson, Community Pharmacy Division. Work on this eBooklet was corodinated by Gharat, Raj Vaidya and Anu Rao of IPA CPD.

20180415ep20This was followed by the release of the book, Pharmacists at the Frontlines – A Novel Approach at Combating TB on March 17 by Dr Sunil Khaparde, Deputy Director General, TB and Head, Central TB Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India at Bombay College of Pharmacy.

Since 2005, the IPA CPD has been working in the area of TB control by engaging community pharmacists in the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP). The book captures the work done by the IPA-CPD over the past 18 years, as the small initiative started in Mumbai was scaled up across Maharashtra, across many cities and states in collaboration with various stakeholders.

The release of the book, Pharmacists at the Frontlines – A Novel Approach at Combating TB

Dr Sanjeev Kamble, State TB Officer, Dr Daksha Shah, Mumbai City TB Officer was also present for the programme. Dr Rao Vadlamudi, President, IPA welcomed all the guests along with Hon Secy Kaushik Desai. Gharat, Vice-President IPA and Team Leader, DOTS TB Pharmacist project gave an overview of IPA’s work in TB control since year 2004. She has coordinated work on the publication with a professional communications agency.

Some of the pharmacists who have been consistently working for the cause and have helped in TB control were felicitated by the dignitaries.

These TB champion pharmacists felicitated at the launch were Deepak Barai, Sagar Kulkarni,Rashid Sheikh,Zakir Hussain, Ansari Parveen Raheman, Dinesh Anchan, Nitesh Shah, Ansari Shakeel, Amol Doshi, Dhanshekhar Nadar, Mahadev Patel, Chandrakant Gupta, Anita Bhisikar, Abrar Khan, Sandeep Deshmukh and Vijaykumar Ghadge. Dr Jyoti Salve, WHO Consultant, Sunita Prasad, formerly Programme Manager from Lilly MDR TB Partnership, SW Deshpande, Ex Joint Commissioner, FDA were also felicitated for their support to the project.

Dr Khaparde appreciated the efforts of pharmacists in TB care and control and appealed to further scale-up this work. Dr Daksha Shah and Dr Sanjeev Kamble appealed to all pharmacists to maintain the Schedule H1 records and also help in TB notification. Sunil Chajed, Maharashtra State Chemists and Druggist Association, appreciated the socio-professional work of pharmacists.

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