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Report of “Seminar on Pharmacovigilance in Ayurveda”

Two days seminar on Phamracovigilance in Ayurveda sponsored by ICMR, AYUSH AND RGUHS was organized by Acharya &   B M Reddy College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru in association with IPA, Karnataka State branch, Peenya branch and Education Division.

On 19th August 2015 morning the program was inaugurated by, Padma Bhushan Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde, retired Vice chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Dr Divakar Goli, Editor- IJPS and Principal of Acharya & B M Reddy College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru. Prof. Brahmam Head QUICAI,  Acharya Institute, Bengaluru. The welcome speech was delivered by Dr Divakar Goli. Prof. H. R. Ambujakshi, Organizing Secretary of the seminar given the introduction about the seminar. Dr. B.M. Hegde delivered stimulating, enthralling and interactive lecture. He spoke about the drastic change required in present medical practice.

First session was Dr. Ramananda S. Nadig, MD, Head – Medical Services & Clinical Development, The Himalaya Drug Company, Bengaluru. He has enlightened about the severity of the ADR’s problems, Serous Adverse Events, Pharmacovigilance regulations and scope of pharmacoviglance in India. He concluded with take home message of “Avoid ADR, stay vigilant, inform about ADR” Dr. Lalitha B.R, Professor of Government Ayurveda Medical College, Bengaluru was the speaker of the 2nd session. She has enlightened about Ayurvedic Perspective and Utility “and highlighted about the Challenges in introducing pharmacovigilance. Third session was by Dr Chaithra S. Hebbar, Associate Professor, SDM College of Ayurveda, Udupi, She spoke about the seven forts of protection surrounding Ayurveda medicine prescription. She made delegates to understand about the wise use of ancient and modern therapeutic skills in a complementary manner should build a Holistic, personalized, safe and effective medicines for the demanding community.

On 20th August 2015 the morning began with session on Herbal Nutraceuticals and Pharmacovifilance: Global scenario by Dr. H.N. Shivaprasad, Director, Prakruthi Products Pvt. Ltd., He said that current supplement industry safety practices are inadequate. According his opinion the industry needs to take aggressive steps to demonstrate a safety focus– self-regulation.

The second session was on Pharmacovigilance of indigenous drugs; Need Envisaged by Dr Pralhad S Patki Professor of Pharmacology, International Medical School. Bengaluru. He discussed about epidemiology and classification of ADRs with reference to indigenous drugs and described about basic methods to detect, evaluate and document ADRS. The third session was honored by the lecture of Dr. S.L. Hoti, Scientist and Deputy Director, Regional Medical Research Centre (ICMR), Belgaum. He explained about the needs of Pharmacovigilance and challenges in monitoring the safety of herbal medicines. This was followed by Valedictory Function. The chief guests were Dr. S.L. Hoti, and Dr. Shivakumar. T, DivisionalDrug Controller of Ayurveda, Government of Karnataka, Bengaluru. Organizing Secretary H.R. Ambujakshi, concluded the seminar by brief a summary and Dr. Rajesh Asst. Prof of Acharya & B.M. Reddy College of pharmacy  proposed the vote of grateful thanks to all those who had helped to make the seminar  a success.

Dignitaries Present in Inauguration Ceremony from Left to Right: Prof. Brahmam, Dr Divakar Goli,  Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde, Prof. H. R. Ambujakshi,

Felicitation to Padma Bhushan Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde

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