There is huge scope for research in pharma industry: Somani

Pharmacy students will have many opportunities in the field, says Drug Controller General of India

India has 40% of world’s share in pharmacy/drug market and one in every three vaccines are manufactured in India, said Somani, Drug Controller General of India, after inaugurating the 2nd National Pharmaceutical Sciences Congress-2019, held at St. Peter’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences under the aegis of Indian Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in Warangal on Friday.

Stating that there was a huge scope for research in the filed of pharmacy, Dr. Somani said the industry has grown manifold in the last few decades. He said there were numerous opportunities for pharmacy students with the governments being proactive in encouraging start-ups in the field and opening several centres for providing skill training. He asked the students to understand the changing medical technologies in the digital era. “Never ever have mediocre thoughts and aim and think high,” Dr. Somani told students.

B. Suresh, President of Pharmacy Council of India, said in the times of regulatory challenges at national and international levels, the students have to decide their industry/academic research or skill development. He said doing away with regular submission of thesis for graduate (B.Pharm) or postgraduate course (M.Pharm) was better and it should be replaced with an appropriate mechanism in the form of industrial research.

Madan Mohan Reddy, managing director of Aurobindo Pharma, said pharmacist’s role was bigger than that of doctors as he/she involves in every sphere of the recovery of patients.

Krishna Ella, chairman and managing director of Bharath Botech International Limited, said there was plenty to explore in the pharma industry in terms of research.

Speaking on the occasion, T. Jayapal Reddy, chairman of St. Peter’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, said pharmacy was contributing to nearly 12 to 15% of India’s economy and would escalate further.

Around 1,700 delegates from various pharmacy colleges across India have enrolled as participants in the two-day Pharmaceutical Congress. More than 400 posters would be presented by pharmacy students on the second day of the Congress and the winner would take away a cash prize of ₹10,000.

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