NEWS & EVENTS-2015

Indian Congress of Pharmacy Practice 2016 & Second Convention of the Indian Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, on 02 - 03 Apr 2016

Indian Congress of Pharmacy Practice - 2016 & 2nd Convention of Indian Association of Pharmacy Practice conducted at Hotel Le Meridien, Coimbatore, India on 2nd & 3rd April 2016 and was hosted by the Indian Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chennai. Nearly 1200 delegates from Pharmacy Colleges of all over India attended sessions, meetings and presented their research papers. The overall theme for the conference was “The responsible Pharmacist: Transforming patient care”.

The Inauguration of the convention was presided by Prof. K. Chinnaswamy, President, IACP and Dr. T. K. Ravi, Principal, Sri Ramakrsihna Institute of paramedical sciences, Coimbatore, welcomed the gatherings. Dr. B. Jaykar, Organizing secretary of this convention presented the IACP secretary report. Dr. S. Geethalakshmi, Vice-Chancellor, The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai inaugurated the two days convention and highlighted the need of clinical pharmacist in the health care team. Dr. B. Suresh, President, Pharmacy council of India, New Delhi was the Chief guest and shared his vision of Indian pharmacy education to match the best in the world.

Shri. R. Vijaykumar, Managing Trustee, S.N.R. Sons Charitable Trust, Coimbatore, Shri. L. Gopalakrishnan, Managing Trustee, PSG & Sons Charitees, Coimbatore, Dr. Thavamani D Palaniswami, Managing Trustee, Kovai Medical Center Research and Educational Trust, Coimbatore, Dr.R.Vasanthakumar, Chairman, Karpagam Educational Institutions, Coimbatore and Shri. K. Senthil Ganesh, Managing Trustee, RVS Educational Trust, Coimbatore were other dignitaries on the stage and graced the occasion.

Mr. Mike Rouse, Asst. executive Director, Professional affairs & Director, International services, Accreditation council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Ash Soni. President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, London, UK and Ms. Debra Rowett, President, Australian Pharmacy Congress were special invitees on the stage.

The scientific sessions were started with the Keynote address by Dr. B.S. Ajaikumar, Chairman & CEO, Healthcare Global Enterprises Limited, Bengaluru, on “The responsible Pharmacist: Transforming patient care”; Mr. Mir Imran Ali, Vice President and Head, Data Sciences, Drug and Cardiac safety global delivery network, Quintiles Research (India) private Ltd, Bengaluru on “The responsible Pharmacist: Transforming patient care – An Industry Perspective” and Dr. B. Suresh, President, Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi on “Transforming patient care: Paramount issues and opportunities” Chaired by Prof. K. Chinnaswamy, President, IACP and Dr. T. K. Ravi, Principal, SRIPMS, Coimbatore.

Three Plenary lectures and four symposiums were held during the Congress on Various topics. The Plenary Lectures were delivered by Dr. Debra Rowett, President, Australian Pharmacy Council, Australia on “To transform patient care we need good evidence on harms and benefits of medicines: the place of Pharmacoepidemiology”; Mr. Ash Soni. President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, London, UK, on “ The Role of the Pharmacist in Ever Changing Healthcare”; Mr. Mike Rouse, Asst Executive Director, Professional affairs & Director, International services, Accreditation council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), Chicago, Illinois, on “ Driving change in Pharmacy Practice: the roles of education and accreditation” and the first day sessions were concluded with the panel discussion on “HR perspectives” by the speakers from Indegene, Quintiles and Synowledge.

The second day (3rd April 2016) started with scientific poster presentations. Three hundred posters from different areas of pharmacy practice were actually presented during the Congress followed by symposiums.

Symposium I on Pharmacovigilance was delivered by Dr. Sten Olsson, WHO Programme expert, Uppsala Monitoring centre, Uppsala on “Pharmacovigilance-Global prospective”; Dr. V. Kalaiselvan, Principal Scientific officer, Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, Ghaziabad on “Pharmacists engagement in PvPI”; and Dr. Anand Harugeri, Associate Director, Pharmacovigilance, Quintiles, Bangalore on “Pursuing Pharmacovigilance career in the industry”.

Symposium II on Faculty Development was delivered by Dr. Krishnakumar, Howard University, Washington DC on “Curriculum Mapping and Assessment”; Ms. Bronwyn Clark, CEO, Australian Pharmacy Council, Australia on “Recognition of competence and excellence-examinations and credentiating of graduates and pharmacists”; and Mrs. Archana Mudgal, Registrar cum Secretary, Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi on “Pharm.D Program-Need for Faculty development and Training”.

Symposium III on Pharmacy residency program was delivered by Dr. M. Ramesh, Prof & Head, Dept of Pharmacy Practice, JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysuru; Ms. Anna Marie Liles, Director-Clinical services, University of Mississippi and Ms. Miranda Nelson, Paediatric Antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist, St Loius Children’s Hospital, Missouri. Symposium IV on Pharmacoeconomics was delivered by Dr. Santosh Tiwari, Team Lead, Truven Health Analytics Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, on “Value based drug strategies from patient reported outcomes”; Dr. Pinaki Ghosh, Senior Analyst, Novartis, Hyderabad on “Data Science applications in Pharmacoeconomic research” and Dr. Amit Dang, Founder & CEO, Marksman Healthcare solutions, Navi Mumbai on “HEOR-Industry, Career and Academic perspective and its role in an Indian context” and the second day was concluded with the panel discussion followed by Valedictory function.

During the breakout sessions, Pharm.D students and faculty had a great interaction with the speakers which helps in understanding the current trends of Pharmacy practice in Global level. A number of ideas were taken away from the conference, which could be put into practice in the Indian Pharmacy education as well as in hospital and clinical settings.

In the valedictory function, Dr. B. Suresh, President Pharmacy Council of India highlighted the difference between the 1st and 2nd convention of IACP and also about the theme of 3rd convention. Dr. B. Jaykar, Organising Secretary declared that next convention of IACP will be held at Hyderabad, in 2018. Dr. T.V. Narayana, Director, Vikas Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rajamundry delivered the vote of thanks followed by National Anthem.