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Practice of medicine is inevitable without the prescription of drugs. Pharmacology is a field of medicine with never ending transformation and with several advances. The department of Pharmacology is committed in providing the best quality of Curriculum Based Medical Education (CBME) to the undergraduate medical students. It functions with the aim of imparting knowledge and skills regarding the drug administration to Medical and Nursing students. It emphasizes on imparting training to students on rational prescription of drugs and Pharmacotherapeutics. It is heading forward with dynamic and dedicated faculty who has immense passion for teaching. Students have exposure to various teaching methodologies including small group discussions, e-learning, seminar presentations and role plays. Department of Pharmacology is also actively involved in various activities of the institution like Adverse drug reactions monitoring, antimicrobial stewardship, undergraduate research etc. Activities of Pharmacovigilance are being carried out from 2012 and the Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Centre, under the Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI), started functioning in the department from 2014.


The department has all the facilities for undergraduate teaching as per the regulations of the National Medical Commission. The teaching programme is being carried out efficiently on a regular basis with the help of theory classes, practical sessions, computer assisted laboratory sessions, skill lab competencies, certifiable skills, small group discussions, self directed learning sessions, seminars, integrated teaching sessions, AETCOM module, Pandemic module, Antimicrobial Stewardship module and formative assessments. . Projects are submitted by students based on various clinical problems collected from the hospital. This makes the students aware of rational drug use, over-prescription, under-prescription, drug interactions and adverse drug reactions

Small group activities and practical sessions include:

  • Prescription writing including special prescriptions :
    • Prescription auditing
    • Preparing list of P drugs for a given condition
  • Computer Assisted Learning : Experimental Pharmacology using software
  • Demonstration and skill training on Routes of drug administration using manikins
  • Aseptic precautions including covid protocol to be followed before and during drug administration
  • Pharmacovigilance, ADR reporting and uploading of ADR reports on Vigiflow
  • Preparing Essential Medicine List for a health care facility
  • Pharmacoeconomic exercises
  • Communication skills & Role plays
  • Seminar presentations
  • AETCOM sessions, Antimicrobial stewardship module and Pandemic module
  • Self Directed Learning sessions


Dr. Padmaja G Nair
Professor & HOD

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Dr. V K Prathibha
Associate Professor

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Dr. Boney Rajan
Assistant Professor

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Sri. P Vinod Kumar

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Dr Laona Lal
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Elna Joshi C
Senior Resident

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CME Details Date of Conduct
Name : PHARMACON 2008
Theme/Subject : Drugs – A Renal Perspective

Name : Drugs of the last decade – An Overview
Theme/Subject : Drugs of the last decade

Name : CME on Pharmacovigilance
Theme/Subject : Pharmacovigilance

Name : CME programme for nurses
Theme/Subject : Awareness on Pharmacovigilance & ADR reporting

Name : CME programme for nurses
Theme/Subject : Drug administration errors

Name : Online orientation programme in One Amala Clinic
Theme/Subject : Pharmacovigilance



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  • Prathibha VK, Mukundan C, Bhagyalekshmi N. Ivabradine alone and in combination with metoprolol reduces the incidence of major adverse cardiac events in patients with heart failure: A prospective study. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2020;10(05):423-430
  • Jayaprakash R, Prathibha VK, Gopakumar G, Thomas M. Effect of small-dose ketamine in the prevention of pain on propofol injection: A prospective randomized controlled study. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2020;10(05):437-441.
  • Gopakumar G, Prathibha VK, Jayaprakash R. A prospective randomized controlled study to compare the efficacy of ephedrine and ketamine in the prevention of hypotension following propofol induction. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2020;10(08):671-675.
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  • Baiju B, Gopakumar G, Prathibha VK, Antony J, Jayaprakash R. A prospective randomized controlled study to assess the efficacy of fentanyl and dexmedetomidine for conscious sedation in awake fiberoptic intubation. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2020;10(09):813-820.
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  • Shreeram A, Samantaray M, Prathibha VK. A prospective comparative randomized controlled study of erector spinae plane block using local anesthetics versus general anesthesia for the perioperative control of pain in patients undergoing thoracoscopic procedures. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2022;12(11):1829-1836.
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