Indian Pharmacists Revolution Yatra reaches Andhra Pradesh State

The Indian Pharmacists revolution yatra (Kashmir to KanyaKumari) campaign was launched on 4 January 2013 by Udyog Development Foundation, from Jantar mantar New Delhi. The Yatra has already completed Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal, Uttarakhand,Uttarapradesh,Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Odisha, WestBengal, Sikkim, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunchal Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and now in Hyderabad ,Andhra Pradesh.

To create awareness among the people of this country about the role of Pharmacist in health care sector (Community Pharmacy manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals and Research) spreading the message of professional ethics and responsibility of the pharmacists towards the society and strengthen the unity among the pharma professionals (D. Pharm, B. Pharm, M. Pharm, M.S. Pharm, Pharm D, Ph.D).
The convenor of this yatra Mr.Amitav Joyprakash Choudhury is highlighting the national and state issues relevant to the pharmacy profession and leading the movement.
·   Formation of Separate Ministry of Pharmaceuticals
·   Formation of Indian Pharmaceutical Services
·   Immediate amendment in Food Safety act- 2011 by including pharmacy as one of the qualification.
·  Amendment in  Drug and Cosmetics rules - 1945 (rule 64, 65,71 and 76)
·  Employment generation in NRHM/Primary health Centre(PHC) & Community health Centre(CHC), Head Quarters Hospitals and teaching Hospitals to the pharmacy professionals.
·   Amendment in Pharmacy act-1948
·   Amendment in NIPER act (National Institute of Pharmacetical Education and research)
·    Formation of Central Register of pharmacist done by PCI (Pharmacy Council of India).

Focus on the Following issues in Andhra Pradesh:
Ø  Recognize Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D’s) as Primary Health Care Providers as they are most easily accessible in the community to provide Drug information, Treat Basic illness, public awareness, administration of public & preventive health programs & and carry out vaccination. 
Ø  Immediate establishment of Drug Information Centre & Pharmacovigilance Centre in Andhra Pradesh, because common man easily get knowledge about Drug interaction, side effect, toxicity etc.
Ø  Strict Implementation of Drug& Cosmetic Act-1940 and rules 1945 & Pharmacy Act 1948 on the Drug Stores.
Ø  Sale of Schedule H / prescription drugs should be stopped without prescription.
Ø  Prescriptions of Quacks (RMP) should not be honoured by the retail chemist.
Ø  Creation of separate Directorate of Pharmacy in state medical & health dept. and reconstitution of cadre of pharmacists as per given below
    1.  Director Pharmacy / 2.Deputy Director (Administration) /3.Deputy Director (Purchase) / 4.Officer Incharge Pharmacy in every district Hospital /5.Chief Pharmacist in each hospital from District hospital to CHC /6. Pharmacist
Ø  Establishment of full-fledged National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER) in Hyderabad and appointment of full time Director.
Ø  Immediate elections to the pharmacy council of Andhra Pradesh and all Pharmacist Registrations should be online and continuing education programme should be conducted.
Ø  State govt. should fill up all the vacant posts of pharmacists in NRHM /PHC /CHC, District hospitals and teaching Hospitals .To create of Posts of pharmacist in each hospital as per Population/outdoor-indoor patient ration. 

The following persons attended the press conference:

Mr.Venkat reddy ,PCI Member 
Mr.G.Dharma Data, President,Indian Pharmacists Graduate Association (IPGA) AP State Branch,
Mr.R.UdayBhaskar,Secretary GeneralAll India Drugs Control Officers Confederation (AIDCOC)
Mr.AmitavJoyprakashChoudhury Convener-IPR YATRA
Dr.P.V.Diwan,President,Indian Pharmacological Society (IPS),
Mr.Sai Kumar Katam, President,Doctor of Pharmacy Association.