The department has following infrastructure:
- Unit of Head of department.
- Multiple units for teaching staff
- Room for residents
- Departmental office
Lecture hall with the capacity of 120 seats.
-Pharmacy laboratory with attached ante room
Three animal rooms
-Animal experimental laboratory with attached smoke room
-Clinical Pharmacology laboratory with attached phlebotomy room
Thyroid OPD room
Drug storage room
Conference room with internet & LCD connection
Computer room with internet facility
Telephone with fax connection
The department of Pharmacology delivers knowledge of Drugs & therapeutics to the students of second year of MBBS. The strength of medical students is 100 per year. Lectures & practicals are taken regularly followed by examinations as per the guidelines of Maharashtra university of Medical Sciences, Nashik.
UG students participate in collegiate and intercollegiate competitive examinations in Pharmacology. There are two competitive exams held by the dept. of pharmacology, they are:
Dr G M Phadke Award.
Shri Amrut Modi Unichem Competitive exam in pharmacology, sponsored by Unichem Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Recently, we have initiated the trend of taking Symposium for the UG students. The first symposium was on “Drugs & ANS” which was held on 29th Dec 2009. This symposium was judged by Dr Savita Shahani & Dr Usha Nayak.
Students are also involved in ICMR projects.
The department of pharmacology creates postgraduates in Pharmacology, who later caters their services either in academics or in the Pharmaceuticals. In the three academic years they are involved in taking lectures, seminars, symposiums, journal clubs, animal experiments & activities related to clinical research. The total strength of residents is eight with minimum of two admissions every year.
They are actively involved in national & international clinical trials, where they are trained in procuring, preparing, taking ethical clearance, managing & maintaining the documents as well as electronic data transfer (e- CRF) required for the clinical trial.
They are actively involved in pharmacovigilance. They visit wards & OPDs regularly to collect the data on adverse drug reaction. The data is then entered in computers and analysed. We are in the process of buying the software required for Pharmacovigilance. They take regular training to the clinicians in Pharmacovigilance.
They are also involved in drug utilisation studies in this institute.
The department has three different rooms for animals.
There is one room for rat & mice, second for rabbits & third for guinea pigs.
Each room is about 200 sq ft area, total of 600 sq ft area.
The animal house is attached to huge experimental laboratory which is almost 2000 sq ft area.
The department houses the Central Animal House which has rats, mice, rabbits and guinea pigs used for experimental studies. The central animal house is registered with CPCSEA. Dr Vilasrao Kadam is the CPCSEA nominee to our centre. The animal experiments are carried out by the postgraduate students as their PG curriculum after taking the clearance from the animal ethics committee.
We are on the verge of initiating the animal toxicity studies in the department of pharmacology
Department is involved in clinical trials
Involved in: Phase II
Phase IV clinical trials.
At present we are involved in multiple National & International Clinical trials
(trials are sponsored by Quintiles, Bayer pharmaceuticals Ltd, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Ltd)
Adverse drug events Monitoring:
Data of ADR is collected from various out door patients & indoor patients.
Data is filled in the prescribed forma, stored & analysed.
Patient related services
Thyroid Clinic: Patients of thyroid related disorders are referred from other departments to this clinic for diagnosis and treatment. The thyroid assay is performed by Radio Immuno Assay (RIA) technique.
On referral, the patients take appointment for the assay. The O.P.D. is run every Wednesday from 9am-12noon. On an average 30 new patients are evaluated every O.P.D.
Blood tests for T3, T4, and TSH are run every 2 weeks. The department also runs tests for estimation of serum FSH, LH and prolactin levels. On the basis of report the patients are diagnosed and treated accordingly. Further the patients are called for follow-up.