The Department of Pharmaceutical Technology of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), West Bengal, India will be organizing a Webinar on "Future Prospects of Pharmacovigilance & Drug Safety" on 11.07.2020. The eminent speakers were: Hon'ble Vice Chancellor of MAKAUT Prof. (Dr.) Saikat Maitra, Mr. Saikat Biswas Global Head-Life Sciences Digital Operations of Wiporo Ltd, Prof. Pranabesh Chakraborty Director-Food, Pharmaceutical and Medical Science & Technology, MAKAUT, WB. Dr. C. M. Hossain HoD-Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, MAKAUT, WB, coordinated the session.
Dr. Hossain warmly welcomed the speakers of the webinar and pointed out how important pharmacovigilance is for the new students. He mentioned that this webinar is a platform, where they can have a glimpse of the present scenario of the pharmaceutical industry, specially in the area of pharmacovigilance.
Mr. Biswas started his deliberation by expressing his gratitude to MAKAUT and sprcially the Hon'ble Vice Chancellor of the University for inviting him in this webinar. He gave a vivid insight to pharmacovigilance and its future prospects. He said, " Pharmacovigilance is the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other medicine related problem. It is an organized approach of identifying the hazards associated with pharmaceutical products and minimizing the risk of any harm that may come to the patients. It is very important for every pharmaceutical company to conduct a comprehensive drug safety pharmacovigilance audit and make sure that they comply with the present worldwide laws, regulations and guidelines. In the late 1950s and early 1960s thalidomaide, a drug for treating nausea in pregnant women was administered without any safety assessment. It led to a great tragedy, resulting in the death of 2000 children and approximately 10000 children were born with severe malformities like phocomelia with fin-like hands grown directly on shoulders, stunted or missing limbs, deformed eyes and ears, ingrown genitals and even absence of lungs. This tells us how important pharmacovigilance is. Another instance od such safety assessment negligance was seen in Philippines recently in 2019. Nearly 600 people, mostly chlidren, who received a dengue vaccine died as a result of which it had to be banned. The FDA declared the recall of Lipitor generic by Ranbaxy as Class II, which signifies a remote chance of severe adverse consequences or death due to the product flaw.Thus, two aspects are very important in Pharmacovigilance:
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