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A CME on “Medication safety: Towards better patient care” was jointly organized by the Department of Pharmacology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (VIMS & RC ) , Bangalore; and the Indian Pharmacological Society, Bangalore Chapter (IPS-B). It was attended by around 300 delegates from various departments of VIMS & RC, and also from other medical and pharmacy institutions of Karnataka; and neighboring states. The CME was accredited with 2 credit points by the Karnataka Medical Council. The speakers were Dr.Y.K Gupta, Nodal Corporate, Fortis Hospital, New Delhi. Dr.Y.K Gupta gave a brief overview of the topic, and Dr. Usha Gupta oriented towards the challenges of setting up a medication safety unit in a hospital. These sessions were followed by a panel discussion on medication safety, on the role of various stake holders, and handling the challenges. The panel participants were chosen based on their expertise and research in the area of medication safety from various Institutions across Bangalore. The panel was followed by oral presentations by faculty, and poster presentations by postgraduates. A cash award of Rs. 5000 was given to the best poster, and Rs. 2500 for the second best poster.

The best poster award was given to Dr Manjushree. N,1st year postgraduate, Department of Pharmacology, VIMS & RC, Bangalore. The topic of the poster was “A study on the dispensing pattern of over the counter drugs in retail pharmacies in East Bangalore”. The main aim of the study was to evaluate the 1)OTC drug dispensing pattern of pharmacies without prescription 2)Commonly reported illness for the use of OTC drugs 3)Knowledge about the use of OTC drugs by patients. In this study most commonly dispensed OTC drugs were analgesics (NSAIDS). The most common complaint for the use of OTC drug was pain. 55.09% of the OTC drugs belonged to schedule H category which was the distinct feature of the study.