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Pharmacists are allied health professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use.The mortar and pestle is an international symbol of pharmacists and pharmacies. The role of the pharmacist has shifted from the classical "lick, stick, and pour" dispensary role (that is, "lick & stick the labels, count & pour the pills"), to being an integrated member of the health care team directly involved in patient care.

Pharmacists undergo university-level education to understand biochemical mechanisms of action of drugs, drug uses and therapeutic roles, side effects, potential interactions, and monitoring parameters. This is mated to education in anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. Professional interpretation and communication of this specialized knowledge to patients, physicians, and other health care providers are functions which pharmacists provide, and are central to the provision of safe and effective drug therapy.

In many countries, pharmacists must hold the title of Doctor of Pharmacy in order to exercise their profession. The most common pharmacist positions are that of a community pharmacist...

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APPEAL by Dr.Umekar to the Health Ministry, Phrma students Must be taken as Food Safety Officers.

01 Oct 2015

To, The Under Secretary(Food) Department of Health and Family Welfare Government of India R.No.752, Nirman Bhawan Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi Subject- Suggetion for Revision of food Safety and Stanadard rule 2011 Respected Sir, With reference to above cited subject and comment/suggestions invite by the department of Health and family welfare Government of India on the revision of Food Safety and Standarads Rule 2011. As a President of Association of Pharmaceuticals Teachers of India(APTI- Maharashtra State) and Principal of Pharmacy college serving Diploma, Degree, Post Graduation and PhD since 20 years wish to draw your attention on para 2.1.2 Designated Officer Qualification, para 2.1.3 Food Safety Officer Qualification and para 2.1.4 Food Analyst Qualification with following suggetions 1. As teachers and researchers we are responsible for fulfilling the educative mannerism and have been indulged in tutoring the students in pharmacy and making them experts in the skills required to formulate, evaluate, analyse the drugs(which are more potent than food ) As per above subjected FSS rule we are debarred and seized from our right and opportunities. 2. I would like to invite your kind attention that our students are either Bachelor/ Master/ Doctorate in Pharmacy and are registered pharmacist who are well conversed with the testing concept of drugs/ food products(Physico chemical / chemical/ microbiological/ biological testing). The registered pharmacist undergoes rigorous training in the various concepts of testing i.e. testing method development / method testing/ method validation/ method Re-validation in case of any change / method qualification. A qualified pharmacist has good conceptual and practical hand experience of food products testing/shelf life assessment (stability studies) preservative efficacy studies (to optimize the amount of preservative required for particular food formulations, heavy metals i.e.lead ,iron adulteration etc.) 3. A Graduate in Pharmacy had already a qualification of food inspector and food analyast in the earlier preservation of food adulteration act and rules, 1954 which was deleted from present food safety and standard rule 2011. 4. Our graduates are well versed with the sampling procedures and sampling testing and similar type of procedure is followed under FSSA also. Therefore on the above facts and justification a qualified pharmacist with his adequate academic knowledge, professional skills and practical hand on training can perform the duties of Designated officer, Food Safety officer and Food Analyst and can add more values to the food industry growth and regulations. Hence pharmacist (Bachelor/Master/Doctorate in pharmacy), if provided an opportunity to work as Designated officer/Food safety officer/Food Analyst under food safety and standard act 2006 can performs their duties meticulously and can be a part in the growth and regulation of food industry and food safety. Therefore in the revised Food Safety and Standard rules pharmacy (Bachelor/ Master/ Doctorate in Pharmacy) qualification may be added for Designated officer/ Food safety officer/Food analyst.. With Warm Regards Dr.Milind Umekar APTI, Mah. President


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