Dear Well-wishers,

As I begin to pen this August 2017 edition of Oviya MedSafe’s newsletter, I cannot but help admire the essence of the 399th couplet of ‘Thirukkural‘ (a Tamil classic written two millennia ago by Thiruvalluvar – a universal philosopher who defined the morals for many contemporary concepts of practical life, in just 1330 couplets), which I opt to elucidate as below in translation, claiming due contextual liberty:

On seeing a world that gets enlightened by (their enthusiastic practice of) the conscientious learning which made them learned, the learned ones fall deeper in love with their chosen subject.”

Although I have known this couplet since my childhood, I absorbed its complete message only recently, when I travelled to Dubai along with three of my colleagues to conduct a customized two-day training programme / workshop on pharmacovigilance, for a pharmaceutical company based in Middle East Asia. Being one of the largest & fast-growing drug marketers in the region, they were keen to understand not only their local pharmacovigilance requirements but also those of the key global markets. It was a rejuvenating experience for us as we taught, trained, discussed, clarified, tested, evaluated and thereby empowered the trainees (who happened to be experienced professionals from medical/regulatory/sales functions) within two days. We realized what it was to be able to initiate the pharmacovigilance journey for emerging regions and felt proud at the positive feedback we received.

Oviya MedSafe has conducted comprehensive corporate training sessions for multinational pharmaceutical companies in the past too. We also had opportunities to organize standalone narrative-writing workshops in Coimbatore & Bengaluru, a post-conference workshop on narrative-writing in Singapore, and a One-Credit Course for Biotechnology students as an ongoing Industry-Academia collaboration activity, all of which were detailed in our December 2016 newsletter. In fact, we went on to partner with an event management firm to deliver a 2-day workshop at Coimbatore to commemorate Oviya MedSafe’s 5th Anniversary in March 2017. In line with these milestones, our Dubai workshop joins as the latest edition, with some more countries being anticipated in the future. I am delighted to share with you some pictures from the two-day event at Dubai.

On a related note, I wanted to share with you that I was invited as Guest of Honour to the 14th STARS (Sri Subbaraya Setty Teacher and Research Students Awards in Pharmaceutical Sciences) Award Ceremony organized at Bengaluru on 12-Aug-2017, by the American Association of Government College of Pharmacy (Bengaluru) Alumni based in New York [AAGCPA], USA. I had a chance to provide a quick overview on Pharmacovigilance, to the audience which consisted of teachers and students of Pharmacy. Padmashree Awardee Prof Dr V Prakash (President, International Society for Naturals, Nutraceuticals & Nutritionals) was the Chief Guest of the function which was conducted by Dr G Jagadeesh, Scientific Coordinator of AAGCPA, USA. Dr Sunil S Jalalpure (Professor, Department of Pharmacognosy, KLE University’s College of Pharmacy, Belagavi, Karnataka) was the recipient of the STARS Award 2017 for Teachers for ‘Excellence in Academic Research‘. Please click here to view some snaps clicked at the programme.

I wish to conclude this month’s newsletter edition with a personal good news: I have been nominated as the Chairman of the Pharmacovigilance Standing Committee of the Indian Medical Association – Tamil Nadu State Branch, for the year 2018! I wish to express my thanks to the incoming President Dr J A Jayalal, for conferring this honorary position upon me.

In this new role, I look forward to doing my best to begin making Pharmacovigilance an integral part of Medical Practice in the state, with all of your encouragement, co-operation and support.

Looking forward to connecting with you through our September 2017 newsletter,

With thanks & regards,
Dr J Vijay Venkatraman

Managing Director & CEO,
Oviya MedSafe Pvt Ltd,
Coimbatore, India
Phone: +91-422-2444442

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