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Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College of Pharmacy and PGIMER, Chandigarh, Joined Forces to Boost Pharmacovigilance Awareness

Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College of Pharmacy and PGIMER, Chandigarh, Joined Forces to Boost Pharmacovigilance Awareness Bela-Ropar, Punjab, September 19, 2023 – Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College of Pharmacy, a distinguished institution dedicated to advancing pharmaceutical education and research, partnered with PGIMER, Chandigarh, in a collaborative effort to celebrate the 3rd National Pharmacovigilance Week. This nationwide initiative, which ran from September 17th to September 23rd, 2023, carried the theme "Boosting Public Confidence in Pharmacovigilance."

In a bid to enhance public understanding of pharmacovigilance and adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting, the two institutions jointly hosted an online seminar on September 19, 2023. This enlightening event focused on the Pharmacovigilance Program of India (PvPI) and the Materiovigilance Program of India (MvPI). Esteemed speakers, Prof. Bikash Medhi, Professor of the Department of Pharmacology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Dr. Ajay Prakash, renowned experts from PGIMER, Chandigarh, took center stage to illuminate the critical aspects of drug and medical device safety monitoring. They firmly believed that education was the key to fostering a culture of pharmacovigilance and ensuring patient safety. Together, they equipped individuals with the knowledge and tools to actively engage in drug safety reporting. Prof. Medhi emphasizes the importance of educating healthcare professionals, students, and the general public about the significance of pharmacovigilance. He believes that by increasing awareness about ADR reporting, individuals can actively contribute to patient safety and the overall effectiveness of the healthcare system.

Dr. A. S. Kushwah, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology, and Dr. Rahul Kumar Sharma, visionaries who spearheaded this on line awareness seminar, underscored the significance of raising awareness about ADR reporting within the healthcare community and beyond.

Prof. (Dr.) Shailesh Sharma, Director of the Institute and the Convener of this remarkable Seminar, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "Our joint endeavor with Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College of Pharmacy was a significant step toward expanding the reach of pharmacovigilance awareness." On this occasion, all students, HoDs, and faculty members of the institute united to learn about their individual roles in drug safety and patient well-being, fostering learning, discussions, and collaboration for an enhanced healthcare system through pharmacovigilance.