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Rally on ill-effects of self-medication

Responsible medication: Pharmacist students taking out a rally in connection with ‘National Pharmacy Week’ celebrations in Tiruchi on Tuesday.

Responsible medication: Pharmacist students taking out a rally in connection with ‘National Pharmacy Week’ celebrations in Tiruchi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: R. M. RAJARATHINAM

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Medical fraternity and other experts have always expressed their strong opposition to self-medication. Health experts, time and again have said that those practicing self-medication are not aware of problems of drug interaction, dosage limitations and other risks.

In this connection the government and various agencies have been regularly conducting programmes to create awareness among the people on the repercussions of such practice.

The students of the Periyar College of Pharmaceutical Sciences here celebrated the ‘National Pharmacy Week -2008’ by taking out a rally in the city to create awareness on the ill-effects of self-medication.

The theme of the rally was ‘ask your pharmacist; for save use of prescription medicines’.

The students carrying placards and banners with slogans urging the people to do away with the attitude of ‘we are our own best pharmacists; and not to buy drugs without the proper prescription of doctors. They also called upon the people not to use the old prescriptions again and again; get full details of the benefits of the drugs, dosage, other limitations of the drugs from the pharmacists; take utmost care in ensuring the expiry date of the drugs; consume drugs as per the instructions of the medical practitioners etc. The students distributed the pamphlets to the onlookers.

The rally was flagged-off from the K. K. Nagar bus terminus by the president of the Chamber of Commerce, J. J. L. Gnanaraj.

The rally led by the Correspondent of the College, Gnana Sebastian and the Principal, R. Senthamarai, passed through Sundar Nagar, LIC Colony, Renga Nagar before reaching the Periyar Centenary Educational Complex. The vice-principal, A. M. Ismail and others offered felicitations.

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