There will be no let up in the vigil against the sale of banned and expired drugs, said the Director of Drugs Control, M. Baskaran, here on Saturday.
Participating as the chief guest in the college day celebrations of the JSS College of Pharmacy, he said, “we act very strongly when it comes to criminal offences.” Stating that already 40 to 45 persons connected with the sale of expired drugs in the State were behind bars, he said that the crackdown was continuing.
Acknowledging the role of the press in creating awareness about the racket, Mr. Baskaran said, “we will not take chances.” Emphasising the need for better collaboration between industry-academic institutions, he said that it would be mutually beneficial. He also underscored the importance of training in industries. Focus should be on legal framework and regulatory aspects of manufacture.
Pointing out that the drug companies were flourishing in the State, he said that the medical devices sector was also developing fast.
The Vice-Chancellor, JSS University, B. Suresh, who presided over the function, said that highest priority should be accorded to quality.
Stating that job opportunities for pharmacists were on the rise, he added that the research scenario in the country was bright. The need of the hour was “innovation with education”. For the first time in the country, the JSS University will be offering M.Pharm in Clinical Practice and Research. The former Vice-Chancellor, Mangalore University, M.I. Sivadatti, lauded the phenomenal growth of the JSS College of Pharmacy and the significant contribution of Dr. Suresh.
Pharmacists were equipped to deal with not only physical illness but also social illness. The profession should give maximum importance to values and honesty.
The Joint Director of Medical Education, Narayanan, and the former Joint Secretary, University Grants Commission, Narayan Singh, also spoke. The Principal, K. Elango, welcomed the gathering.