India – JSS University hosted the 67th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC), the largest and most prestigious gathering of pharmacists in India last December 2015, in the beautiful city of palaces, Mysuru , Karnataka, with active participation of nearly 8,000 pharmacists, scientists, academicians, researchers, industrialists and entrepreneurs from all over the country and across the globe to work towards the vision “Pharmacist for Healthy India – Swasth Bharat” by 2025, through advanced pharmacy practice, effective management of the medicines, and leadership in healthcare delivery of the country.
IPC was organized at Mysuru for the first time, under the gracious patronage and blessings of His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, chancellor of JSS University, and presided by Dr G N Singh, the Drugs Controller General of India, New Delhi.
The event was co-hosted by the Indian Hospital Pharmacists Association (IHPA) the federating body, Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) and Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA). With more than 8,000 participants, 10,000 visitors, 50 companies participating in the exhibition and with path-breaking scientific sessions, the magnitude of the event was far above the expectations of the delegates, participants and sponsors. The three-day event covered various issues related to the industry, academia, research and community pharmacy. On the occasion, the “Vision Document” for pharmacists, a book “Responsible use of medicines”, and the “IPC Souvenir – 2015” were also released.
Lecture series from eminent speakers from various countries during the scientific sessions covered topics on recent trends in pharmaceutical research and industry. Drug controllers/Government officials from various parts of the world shared their views on regulation and challenges of the pharma industry. Overall there were 77 speakers and panelists, including 21 international and 56 national speakers. Furthermore, there was a round table meeting on the theme “Strengthening Pharmacovigilance for healthy India”.
The conference theme “Pharmacist for Healthy India-Swasth Bharat” successfully dwelled on the best possible roles that a pharmacist can play in order to realize the vision of a healthy India.