The Karnataka State Pharmacy Council is a statutory body constituted under an Act of Indian parliament called Pharmacy Act 1948 (Act No 8 of 1948), -- Rules & Regulation.

The main objective of Karnataka State Pharmacy Council is to regulate the professional practice to ensure only qualified registered Pharmacist would enter the profession to provide service to the patient.

The prime responsibility of the Karnataka State Pharmacy Council is to grant registration to the eligible pharmacists and issue Registration certificate to the persons possessing requisite prescribed qualification as per the provisions of section 32(2) of the Pharmacy Act and to enforce the necessary provisions of the Pharmacy Act 1948.

The State Pharmacy Council are constituted by every state for the purpose envisaged in the Act and the each State frame its own Rules to govern the system without any prejudice to the Central Act.

The Karnataka State Pharmacy Council, Bangalore is unique in its activity and has been ahead with the time pace of technology

The Karnataka State Pharmacy Council is the first council in India to:

  • Computerize all activity including the generation of Registered Pharmacist certificate.
  • Issue Identity Cards to all registered pharmacists.
  • Appoint Pharmacy Inspectors under section 26(A) of the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
  • Provide financial assistance to the registered pharmacist intending to present research papers in International forums. Till no w 48 registered pharmacist have availed this benefit.
  • Start ‘On-Line Renewal Registration’-January 2013
  • Start Drug Information Center in August 1997and thanks to Sri D. A. Gundurao and his team of members for their vision.
  • ‘Set up 5 Drug Information Centers’ under WHO, India. (vide WHO letter No.WR/IND EDM 001/G SE/06/228423 dated 10th August 2006)
  • Organize ‘First Inter-country Workshop on National Drug Information Services’ for SARC countries under the sponsorship of WHO, India. (vide letter No.D7/48-23, SE/07/905252 & SE/07/015288 dated 01st May 2007).
  • Get the recognition as ‘Consultant’ to the Health & FW Department, Govt. of Karnataka. (vide letter No. DLWP/5/2003-04 dated 25th August 2003)
  • Publish a quarterly Newsletter. The ‘Newsletter’ called ‘DIRC NEWS LETTER. DIRC newsletter again is the first pharma news letter to get a membership of International Society of Drug Bulletins (ISDB) which is now available on subscription of Rs 100/- per year.
  • Published several books of professional interest and is proud to place on record that repeat editions are being published on demand.
    • “Hand Book of Pharma SOS” edited by Prof. Dr. P. K. Lakshmi – VIth Edition 2014
    • “Drugs Usage in Special Population - Pregnancy & Lactation & Paediatrics & Geriatrics” edited by Prof. Dr. P. K. Lakshmi – Vth Edition 2014
    • “Tobacco Free Future-Choice is yours” edited by Sri. Bhagavan P. S., Registrar, Karnataka State Pharmacy Council - IInd Edition 2014
    • “2 You from My Desk” edited by Sri. D. A. Gundu Rao, President, Karnataka State Pharmacy Council - 2014
  • Launch ‘Continuing Education Program’ for the pharmacist to update their knowledge and skill.
  • Launch public awareness program on pharmacare and medication discipline through LED scrolling board to convey TIPS to the lay public on better Domestic Drugs Management. There is a scope to extend the facility to hospitals, busy and high speed area even outside Bangalore through Global Positioning System (GPS) for public information.
  • Launch its own web site
  • Develop a web-portal where every one can participate, for the benefit of all health professionals and the general public.
  • Intend to start ONLINE continuous education program. (A program under development).
  • Conduct seminars, workshops and training programs to the pharmacists, healthcare professionals including doctors.

Drug Information & Research Center

  • The KSPC is the first council in India to start first Drug Information Center independent of the hospital and to get registered with International Registry of Drug Information Service (IRDIS).
  • It has been providing unbiased drug information to healthcare professionals including Students and professional pharmacists and the medical practitioners.
  • The highlight of this service is that even the lay public too has been seeking information on various aspects of medication and to sort out their doubts and confusion. Being a typical DIRC independent of the hospital, it is catering to about 30 queries per month.
  • The DIC has been named as ‘DRUG INFORMATION & RESEARCH CENTER’ (DIRC) to widen and deepen the scope of its activities.

Projects on Hand:-

  • The LED scrolling board displayed in our building will convey TIPS on medication use to the lay public. We have a proposal to extend the LED scrolling information to distant locations all over the state through GPRS.
  • The council is working out modalities to launch ‘ONLINE-CONTINUOUS PHARMACY EDUCATION (CPE)’ program for the benefit of all cadres and categories of pharmacists.
  • The DIRC has also plans to communicate the vital information on drugs through sms and through email to the Registered Pharmacists.

How to Avail the Drug Information Service:

  • Pass on your queries either over phone (Mob: 9113091152 / 080-23383142/23404000/46729800) or by mail: or by post / courier to office address with your contact details.
  • The DIRC pharmacist will call you back for any additional information required and the Drug information will be passed on to you by e-mail / telecon.

This service is provided free of cost to the doctors, pharmacists, students and public.

Social Welfare Scheme:

‘Thanks to the vision of Sri D.A. Gundurao and his team that has helped in building a ‘Trust’ called ‘KARNATAKA REGISTERED PHARMACIST WELFARE TRUST’ with a concern on the welfare of the pharmacist and his/her family. It was established in the year 1998 for the benefit of the registered pharmacists and their families.

Thanks to the Vice-President and Members of the Council who accepted the proposal and are nurturing the same. 212 Registered Pharmacists their families are benefited by the Trust till date.

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