DA conducts one day State level awareness program on Availability, Accessibility and Affordability of Essential medicines

FDA Goa in association with State-of-the-art Price Monitoring and Resource Unit, an arm of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, situated at FDA, conducted a one day awareness program on the Availability, Accessibility and Affordability of essential medicines, at Panaji at ‘Hotel Fidalgo’ recently.

The program was inaugurated by the Secretary Health, Shri Arun Kumar Mishra, IAS, in the presence of Director FDA Smt Jyoti Sardesai, Dy Director National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, Shri Saurabh Bansal, Project coordinator Madhya Pradesh Price Monitoring and Resource Unit; Dr Priti Tagade, President Goa Pharmaceutical manufacturers Association; Dr Praveen Khullar, Principal- Goa College of Pharmacy; Dr GK Rao and Secretary-Chemist and Druggist Association Prasad Tamba.

Program was well attended by all stakeholders from Pharma Industry, Pharma trade and both the Pharmacy Colleges and officials of FDA.

Saurabh Bansal Dy Director NPPA spoke on the overview of Drugs Price Control order and functioning of NPPA. Dr Priti Tagde, spoke on the topic of 3A’s of essential medicines.

The officials of FDA who had done excellent humanitarian and selfless professional services during the COVID 19 were felicitated at the hands of Chief Guest. The project coordinator of Goa PMRU Smt Sarita Bhonsle was felicitated for obtaining PhD degree in Quality Assurance.

An elocution competition on the topic of ‘Scenario of Generic medicines across India’ was conducted. First Prize was won by Ms Anushka Nair of Goa College of Pharmacy. Miss Krati Naik from Vergo labs won second place and Third place was won by Miss Clecy Fernandes from PES college of Pharmacy.

Dr Sarita Bhonsle –Project coordinator and Dimple Kerekar of “The Goa State Price Monitoring and Resource Unit”, compered the function. Smt Shweta Dessai, Deputy Director FDA proposed vote of Thanks. About 90 Participants were present for the session from pharma sector across Goa.

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