A Pharma Expo was inaugurated on the premises of Roland Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS) on Friday to educate the general public and students about modern drug manufacturing process.
The three-day pharma exhibition was inaugurated by Berhampur MLA R.C.C. Patnaik in the presence of chairperson of the institute J. Jayalaxmi and its director J. Surya Rao. Mr Patnaik, who is a physician by profession, said drug development of pharmaceutical science and modern health services are evolving hand-in-hand and one cannot be thought of without the other.
Through this exhibition students and faculty of the institute tried to make general public, students of schools and colleges aware of modern technology involved in research and manufacturing of drugs. Working of original equipment used in drug manufacturing process was displayed. Young students who visited the exhibition also came face-to-face with DNA mapping procedure in the biotechnology section of the exhibition. It may be noted that this institute has DNA mapping facility in its biotechnology department for scientific study and research.
In the pharmaceutics section of the exhibition students displayed how drugs in tablet, capsule, suspension or emulsion form are prepared. Visitors got a chance to see how the drugs they consume are prepared in the manufacturing units. Testing of efficacy of drugs like its dissolution time was also shown through modern equipments. In the section related to drugs analysis there were modern equipments like ultra violet spectrometer, high pressure liquid chromatograph, and an infra red spectroscope through which drugs were tested during their manufacturing state.
In pharmacology section visitors were provided practical demonstration of animal testing for clinical trials of drugs. They included display of animals used for drug discovery research, study of effect of anaesthesia on frogs, frog heart experiment, physiology of heart and recording of ECG in rat, demonstration of auto-analyzer for biochemical and urine estimation. Visitors showed much interest in cosmetic section where manufacturing process of products of day-to-day use like toothpaste, toothpowder, shaving-cream, hair-conditioner, dermatological creams were displayed.