The 3rd Asia Pacific Pharmacovigilance Training Course organised by JSS College of Pharmacy was inaugurated in the city on Monday.
The two-week training programme in pharmacovigilance organised in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring Centre, Uppsala Sweden was inaugurated by Dr B Suresh, Vice Chancellor, JSS University and Sten Olsson, WHO programme expert, UMC, Sweden.
On the occasion Dr G Parthasarathi, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, JSS University briefed about objectives of the training course and mentioned that JSS University is identified by WHO as training hub in pharmacovigilance for capacity building in Asia Pacific region. He highlighted about importance of pharmacovigilance and need for strengthening drug safety reporting culture in developing world.
Sten Olsson delivering the address highlighted the importance of pharmacovigilance training in strengthening the pharmacovigilance system in developing countries.
Dr B Suresh, Vice Chancellor, JSS University, Mysuru, on the occasion, highlighted the importance of safety reporting in India and need for strengthening the pharmacovigilance program of India (PvPI) in improving patient safety.
Micheal Deats, Essential Medicines division of WHO was the guest of honour and delivered the key note address on “Pharmacovigilance – Global Scenario”. In his keynote address, he briefed about medicine related harm and importance of Pharmacovigilance in accessibility, availability and affordability of medicines in low and middle income countries.
This training course is aimed at developing expertise in the area of pharmacovigilance (Medication Safety Monitoring) amongst professionals from health care sectors, pharmaceutical industries and regulatory authorities from Asia Pacific region.
Twenty eight participants from 13 different countries of Asia and rest of the world are participating in the program. Twenty six internationally known experts from Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, The Netherlands, Scotland, Morocco, Kenya, Bhutan and India are participating in the program as speakers and trainers.