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Ayurveda cell to address patients' grievances

Ayurveda cell to address patients grievances

Kolkata: A Pharmaco vigilance cell on Ayurveda has been thrown open at the Central Ayurveda Research Institute for Drug Development (CARIDD) in the city to directly receive complaints from the patients in regard to various Ayurveda drugs.

To strengthen knowledge and regular practices about the safety and efficacy of the Ayurveda medicines, the Bengal chapter of the National Ayurveda Studends and Youth Association(NASYA) in collaboration with the CARIDD under CCRAS, Ministry of AYUSH has come up with the unique initiative

A seminar was recently organised on Pharmaco vigilance in the city by the All India Institute for Ayurveda along with NASYA and CARIDD when lot of issues relating to the standard of Ayurvedic drugs were discussed.

The programme was inaugurated by Dr V Subhos, assistant director (Ayurveda), CARIDD, Kolkata, Dr Prasanta Kumar Sarkar, director , State Medicinal Plant Board and Dr Tapas Kumar Mondal, principal superintendent, Rajib Gandhi memorial Ayurveda College and hospital. Dr Achintya Mitra, research officer (Ayurveda), CARIDD also graced the occasion.

The patients can directly visit the cell if they have any issues regarding quality of Ayurveda drugs.

There are also plans to start online platform where the patients can lodge their complaints against the medicines prepared by any particular company.

If the patients face any side effects after consuming such medicines they can register the complaint. The competent authorities will conduct the probe and will also examine the quality of the medicine.

Dr Prasanta Kumar Sarkar delivered a lecture on "Concept and need of Pharmaco vigilance in AYUSH System" during the seminar. Dr Tripathi, professor and head, Dept of Clinical Pharmacology, Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine also delivered his lecture on the topics —"Pharmaco vigilance of Ayurveda, Sidhha, Unani and Homeopathy medicines — program implementation, procedures and operational issues."

Dr Kesab Lal Pradhan, Vice President of NASYA, West Bengal said: "We welcome the move taken by the Union Ayush Ministry to ensure the quality of Ayurveda drugs."

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