Goa Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Association
Goa Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Association

GPMA conducted its Annual General Body meeting in Panaji followed by public function having Shri. Francis D’souza, Dy.Chief Minister as Chief Guest and with other dignitaries as guests of honor. Shri. Francis D’souza, in his address stressed the stake holders to keep price under control for essential medicines for the patients. He also advised the companies to take up development/up gradation of primary health care centres as well as District Hospitals and GMC through CSR programs of various Pharma companies whose units are located in Goa. He assured that he will take up in necessary forums in his government for providing necessary infrastructure for smooth functioning of this industry in Goa. Earlier Shri. Suresh Kamath, outgoing GPMA President welcomed the dignitaries, invitees , members of association and highlighted the activities. He stressed the need of contributing atleast 1% of unit’s profitability back to the society. Having over 70 units operating in Goa, where 40 units are 100% export oriented units produce over Rs. 10,000 crores business annually which is almost 12% of Indian exports in Pharma Sector. The association conducted various free medical camps across Goa and given scholarships to students of Pharmacy College on merit and need basis. In addition GPMA conducted various technical seminars for Pharma professionals working in various units in Goa. Water, uninterrupted power supply and availability of skilled manpower were major concerns affecting the working of Pharma Companies highlighted by the President and appealed to Dy. Chief Minister to take up with appropriate functions to help this industry. He also appealed to EDC Chairman to come up with some incentives/schemes for up gradation of manufacturing units to meet ever growing requirements of regulatory guidelines. GPMA President appealed to FDA, Goa & CDSCO to take up in Drug consultative meetings for updation of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1945 to meet current scenario of export requirements. Shri. Siddharth Kuncalienker in his address promised that any requirements for up gradation of existing facility, EDC will extend a helping hand to all. Shri. Salim Veljee in his address strongly recommended that CSR activities need to given top priority for centres of health care. He also indicated that lot of initiatives have been carried out to simplify the Drugs and Cosmetic Act and it is on going to increase exports to various regulated markets. He also complemented GPMA activities for last 2 years Shri. K Narendran in his address gave the chronology of starting of CDSCO office in Goa. He requested the members to submit a copy of application for renewal of GMP to the local office for effective and faster clearance of the units so that COPP ( Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product) can issued by local FDA. Shri Suresh Kamath informed about the demitting of the office and new incumbent will be Shri. Sanjay Priolkar and his team for 2016-18 period. Shri Pant, Treasurer GPMA proposed a vote of thanks.

posted on : 02 Jul '16

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