Last Updated on January 26, 2023 by The Health Master
Speaking at the valedictory function of the 72nd Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC), Fadnavis said the government wanted pharma companies to invest in the Mihan project here.
“We are creating an ecosystem for the manufacturing of drugs and medical equipment in Mihan where Union minister Nitin Gadkari is leading from the front.”
The country will soon emerge as the world’s pharmacy capital, for which bulk manufacturing parks are needed.”
Applauding the role of the Indian pharma industry in tackling the Covid pandemic, Fadnavis credited those associated with it for saving crores of lives.
“The IPC couldn’t have taken place this time. After the world went into a standstill for a year due to the pandemic, your industry has brought us out.”
“We are really proud as you made us one among the select four to five countries which invented its own Covid vaccine while another was produced here.”
“You have not only saved the lives of crores of Indians, but also of people from 106 other countries. We also thank our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who led from the front in this battle,” said Fadnavis.
Reminding that lakhs of people had perished when India was hit by the bubonic plague in 1896 when British were ruling the country, Fadnavis called on the attendees to imagine the plight of India had it been dependent on other countries for the vaccine.
“It took the then British government six years to get a vaccine. We are thankful that we are ahead of many developed countries in vaccine manufacturing and its administration to over a billion people.”
“That time too, we were bogged down by a ban on raw materials by the United States. But after PM’s request and supply of chloroquine, the US President lifted curbs as a special case,” he said.
Calling on the industry to focus on affordability, the deputy CM stressed the need to reduce dependency on raw material import. “The generic medicine’s entry had changed the entire space. We need more scientific inventions in drug manufacturing,” he said.
In all, 3,000 scientific posters were submitted from all over the country during the three-day event and out of which 2,700 abstract posters were displayed.
The best 80 posters were selected by a panel of experts. Out of it, 57 students were given an opportunity for oral presentation.
The ten best poster winners are:
- Abhijit Puri,
- Rupali Prasad,
- Apoorva Bankar,
- Kirthishikha P,
- Hemant Kanhere,
- Akash Waghode,
- Pooja Todke.
Resolution passed in IPC 2023 are as follows:
- -Section 42 of Pharmacy Act, 1948, should be strictly followed
- -Strict implementation of Pharmacy Practice Regulations
- -Pharmacists to be involved in every decision-making process in medication
- -Establishment of Directorate of Pharmacy Services and Training with independent pharmacy department
- -Criteria for creation of posts in pharmacist cadre to be fixed by PCI and government
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