Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi, observed the World Pharmacists Day on September 25, 2017. The theme suggested by International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) for this year was “From research to Health Care: Your Pharmacist is at Your Service”.

The programme was held in two sessions at Amrita School of Pharmacy and started with a prayer and welcome address by Dr. Sabitha M., Principal, Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi. Dr. G. P. Mohanta, Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, inaugurated the event. He also delivered a lecture on the various ways by which a pharmacist can contribute to ensure patient safety.

The afternoon session included a panel discussion. The members of panel discussion included Dr. G. P. Mohanta, Professor, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice, Annamalai University, Chidambaram; Dr. Nishant Gupta, Senior Research Scientist, Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd., Aluva, Kochi; Mr. Saju C. A., Drug Inspector, Dept. of Drug Control, Ernakulam; Ms. Soumya Saroj, Research Scholar, IIT, Chennai; Dr. Ameer Shajahan, Clinical Pharmacist, Aster Medcity, Kochi; Mr. Dinesh P.M., Head, Clinical Pharmacy, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi; Mr. Praveen K. S., Senior Scientist, R & D, Biocon Ltd., Bengaluru and Ms. Lekshmi Prabha, Professional Service Executive, Pfizer Ltd., Kerala. The moderator was Mr. Naveen Kumar Panicker, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi.

The members gave an insight into the activities they do in their respective fields. They also answered the queries of students and staff. The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. S. Sathianarayanan, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Analysis, Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi. The panel discussion gave good insight to the students about the various avenues of services of profession of pharmacy.

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