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Chandigarh: Get drug-related queries answered by PGI doctors

Community service is an integral part of drug information centres in western countries. “The service is being launched for the first time in India for better and safe use of medicines.

punjab Updated: May 01, 2017 10:30 IST
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Most of the time, doctor-patient communication remains incomplete and patient is not vigilant enough for possible side effects of the prescribed medicines
Most of the time, doctor-patient communication remains incomplete and patient is not vigilant enough for possible side effects of the prescribed medicines(HT Representative Image)

Now you can get all your queries related to drugs answered by experts from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). In a first-of-its-kind initiative, services of the drug information unit are being started for common man and doctors working outside the PGIMER can also clear their doubts related to treatment of patients and medicines.

Community service is an integral part of drug information centres in western countries. “The service is being launched for the first time in India for better and safe use of medicines.

CONTACT INFO
  • Phone: 0172-2755245 and 7087008937
  • email ID: druginformationunit@gmail.com
  • Facebook page: Drug Information Unit Pgmier
  • The services are available five days a week (Monday to Friday) from 9 am to 5 pm for others

Most of the time, doctor-patient communication remains incomplete and patient is not vigilant enough for possible side effects of the prescribed medicines. We, at the department of pharmacology, are trying our best to help people know their treatment better,” said one of the doctors from the department.

The common questions, which doctors have started getting from the public, are related to common side effects of medicines, which tests they should undergo to keep a track of side effects , should they take medicines empty stomach or after taking food, and can they take a medicine in the afternoon if they have skipped it in the morning?

“We do not comment on medicines prescribed by a doctor. We cannot give you guarantee on the linkage between drug use and side effects telephonically,” states an official statement.