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To be set up at MCH; will provide information to doctors and consumers

Thiruvananthapuram: A Drugs Information Centre will soon be set up at Government Medical College Hospital (MCH), Thiruvananthapuram, for providing information to doctors and consumers about new drugs, drug reactions, side-effects and research information.

The Government also plans to upgrade the Drugs Testing Laboratory at the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, MCH, so that it can test all drugs purchased through the central purchase committee as well as study drug interactions/reactions.

The projects would be undertaken with the Rs.3.21-crore assistance that the Centre has sanctioned now, for a Capacity Building Project on Improving Food Safety and Quality Control of Drugs, Minister for Health P.K. Sreemathy said here on Wednesday.

She was inaugurating the new morphine capsules manufacturing unit at the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Facilities

The Central aid is to be utilised for improving the laboratory facilities for the pre-qualification testing of drugs by the Drugs Control Department in the State, for improving food safety and for public information and education activities. The department has pointed out to the State Government that there is little scope for expanding the Drugs Testing Laboratory because of space constraint. Instead, it has suggested that the laboratory at the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences be upgraded and technical staff appointed, so that it can function as a wing of the Drugs Testing Laboratory. This way, the laboratory can be used for research activities of pharmaceutical students.

Under the Rs.3.21-crore project, Rs.20 lakh has been set aside for State-level IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities, part of which will be utilised for setting up the Drugs Information Centre, Ms. Sreemathy said. The services of Clinical Pharmacy students at the MCH could be utilised for the centre.

Pursue research

She said that there was no bar on doctors going abroad for pursuing research or academic activities. Doctors needed to upgrade their knowledge for the benefit of patients, she added.

Minister for Law M. Vijayakumar presided. Director of RCC B. Rajan, State Drugs Controller S.M. Thaha, head of Pharmaceutical Sciences B. Seetha Devi, Joint Director of Medical Education V. Geetha, among others, spoke at the function.

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