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SPEAK’s  seminar  on ‘Use and Abuse of drugs and India’s pharma conundrum’ held at Press club on Friday Feb 28

SPEAK’s seminar on ‘Use and Abuse of drugs and India’s pharma conundrum’ held at Press club on Friday Feb 28

The Society for Promotion of Ethical and Affordable health Care organized a seminar ‘Use and Abuse of drugs and India’s pharma conundrum’ on February 28 at Chandigarh press club. The seminar saw  presentations by eminent speakers from PGI, GMCH, PU, Media, Administration  and civil society.“The focus of this seminar is on assuring the availability, cost and quality of prescription drugs, besides eliminating the abuse of drugs by patients and doctors.  Most ailments can be prevented through healthy life style and clean environment,” said Dr. R.Kumar President SPEAK India while explaining the theme of the seminar.. Sh Ajit Singh Chatha former chief Secretary Punjab and Justice J.C. Verma President High Court daily Lok Adalat were the guests of honour.

The seminar also saw lively interaction in the Panel discussion among the panelists on the one hand and the panel versus distinguished gathering on the other. Opening the discussion Dr. S.K.Jindal Director Jindal clinics clarified as to what is use and what is abuse of prescription drugs. Dr. Shankar Prinja from PGI  dealt with issues like medical debt and poverty and how drugs can be made affordable. Dr. C.S. Gautam from GMCH spoke on rational use of medicines and the need for medical audit to eliminate abuse of prescription medicines. Prof Rajinder Kaur from PU  outlined the existing laws that are supposed to control the pricing and quality of drugs and how they have failed to do the needful Harvinder Khetal from the Tribune spoke on How community can be saved from prohibitive and un-necessary cost of medicines. Mr. Chatha and Justice Verma dwelt on governance and legal aspects and how the government can have better control on drug administration in the interest of the patients.

Others who participated in the discussion and made valuable comments included Mr. R.K Taneja IAS, Prof Keerti Pradhan Dean Chitkara university, Arundeep Ahluwaia professon emeritus Panjab Universty  and advocate Namish Sodhi.

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