Bhubaneswar, Sept 20 (LocalWire): ‘At a time when new drugs were not coming along, it was important to rationally, judiciously and scientifically use the available drugs for treatment of patients,’ eminent neurosurgeon, Prof. Ashok Kumar Mohapatra said today during a two-day seminar here.
‘New drugs are difficult to develop and we should not use available drugs unnecessarily as they are meant for appropriate use,’ Prof. Mohapatra, presently Director (Health Programs), SOA Deemed to be University, said while speaking at the seminar on ‘Drug Repurposing: Challenges and Opportunities’ organised by SOA’s School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS).
Prof. Mohapatra stressed on an antibiotic policy saying there was a need for evaluation and change in antibiotics from time to time.
Pointing out that 1.2 million people in the country suffered from tuberculosis, he said around ten per cent of the affected people died because of drug resistance.
Urging researchers to seek answers to problems by discovering new drugs, he said if the research was aimed only to get patents and publicity, it would not help humanity.
Addressing the inaugural session, Prof Sudam Chandra Si, Dean of SPS, said the hurdles in discovery and development of new drugs called for alternative approaches including drug repositioning.
‘Drug repurposing is an important strategy to manage the high cost and poor productivity issues associated with drug research and development.
Advances in the field of poly-pharmacology, herbal technology and formulation have further paved the way for exploring opportunities in drug repurposing,’ he said.
Challenges related to clinical validation, regulation and intellectual property protection impacted this strategy, Prof. Si said adding nevertheless, this strategy provided an opportunity for quick, economic and effective means to find answers to the growing disease burden.
Dr Debasmita P Alone, Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Epigenetics Laboratory at National Institute of Science, Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, Dr Anshuman Dixit, Scientist D, Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar and Prof Pratap Kumar Sahu, Deputy Dean, SPS, also spoke at the seminar.