The Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) founded in 1939, is the oldest premier association of pharmaceutical professionals in India, with a member base of over 13,000, spread across the length and breadth of the nation. IPA operates in India through 20 state branches and more than 46 local branches. As a member of the Drug Technical Advisory Board, India, IPA is actively involved in advising the government on matters of professional importance. IPA is affiliated with international pharma associations like FIP, FAPA, CPA, AAPS, AAiPS and is working with international bodies such as WHO and WHPA for carrying out various collaborative professional activities that include organizing training programmes for professionals from industry, academics, regulatory and practice. IPA’s major objective is to position pharmacists as one of the important healthcare providers in our country. More about IPA at www.ipapharma.org
Divisions of IPA: Community Pharmacy, Education, Hospital Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy, Regulatory Affairs and Students’ Forum
IPA Community Pharmacy Division (IPA CPD)aims to improve public health through community pharmacists’ (retail chemists) services, aims to enhance the role of a pharmacist and improve the community pharmacy practice in the country.
IPA CPD collaborates with Govt. authorities, pharma corporate sector, NGOs, academia, Pharmacy Council for its various activities and projects.
Pharmacists and TB: Flagship project of IPA CPD has been engaging retail pharmacists in Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), DOTS TB Pharmacists Project. It is a novel public-private partnership where in pharmacists are trained to become DOTS providers (Directly Observed Treatment Shortcourse: Free anti-TB medicines under Direct observation), counselors and more than 2000 pharmacists in Maharashtra and about 500 pharmacists from other states are trained for this socio-professional activity. IPA has publication which captures entire journey of IPA in fight for TB, its “Pharmacists at the Frontlines – A Novel Approach at Combating TB“, this publication by IPA was released in March 2018. It has been first time in history that Government of India included pharmacists in any National Health Programme. This book is a modest effort to capture the historic endeavor. It was released in March 2018 at the hands of Dr Sunil Khaparde, Deputy Director General-TB, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.A soft copy of this booklet can be downloaded free of cost from www.ipapharma.org
IPA CPD is now trying to engage pharmacists in other national health programmes such as the one for NCDs (Non Communicable Diseases)
IPA CPD along with WHO India and Central Drugs Standard Control Organization made first ever Good Pharmacy Practices (GPP) training manual for Indian Pharmacists in year 2005.
IPA CPD makes variety of consumer medicine educational material to improve medicine usage in India.
Resources for Consumer Medicine Education
IPA CPD initiated the Campaign for Awareness on Responsible Use of Medicines (CARUM) in year 2014. The posters are available on IPA website at www.ipapharma.org under Community Division.
Responsible Use of medicines: A Layman’s Handbook
This Handbook prepared by IPA CPD team was released at the hands of Hon’ble Union Minister for Health Shri J P Nadda in December 2015. The book is available on IPA website www.ipapharma.org under Community Division and hard copies are available with IPA Secretariat, Mumbai at a nominal charge. It is also placed by WHO on its website http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/m/abstract/Js23095en/
Posters on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and Responsible Use of Medicines: Several posters on Do’s and Don’ts about antibiotics and on AMR are available under Community Division on www.ipapharma.org
IPA CPD e-Times: IPA CPD releases bi-monthly E Bulletin for practicing pharmacists, academicians and pharmacy students. It gives ready to use information for patient counseling, enriches knowledge about global pharmacy practices and has lot of useful columns to enhance the knowledge and improve the practice. All issues of eTimes are available on www.ipapharma.org/publications.
E-Booklet “Community Pharmacy Practice Around The World: Part One”: This is one of the first resources which gives overview of global pharmacy practice from 31 countries. Crossing boundaries, learning from each other is always inspiring and an exciting process. This compilation is a useful resource to pharmacy students, and pharmacy professionals across the globe who wish to have a brief overview of community pharmacy in different countries in the world. A soft copy of this booklet can be downloaded free of cost from www.ipapharma.org homepage
IPA CPD works all across with pharma corporate sector including multinational and India companies to train pharmacists on various aspects such GPP, Responsible Use of Medicines, Medication Errors, Patient Counseling and many other topics.
CPD works internationally with International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA), Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Association (FAPA) and other organizations.
Manjiri Gharat: Vice-President, IPA
Mrs Manjiri Sandeep Gharat is an academic working with Prin K M Kundnani Pharmacy Polytechnic, Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra as Vice-Principal. She is the Vice-President of Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) and Chairperson of Community Pharmacy Division of IPA, Vice President of Community Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Through IPA, she was instrumental in establishing a public-private partnership engaging community pharmacists in TB DOTS programme. Mrs Gharat is also involved in professional development of pharmacists through training them for various aspects of Good Pharmacy Practices (GPP) and she leads various consumer medicine awareness campaigns. She has been regular pharma columnist in regional newspapers and has a book “Aushadhbhaan” (Medicine awareness) to her credit. She is recipient of two global awards, one is Fellow of FIP in year 2016 and Ishidate Award of Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA) in year 2018 in recognition of her services to the pharmacy profession.