The Department of Pharmacy Practice came into existence in September 2001 at Victoria Hospital, Bangalore.
The Department has a well established drug information centre with good source of information for all healthcare professionals.
It had been recognized as the peripheral centre by CDSCO, New Delhi, as a part of the National Pharmacovigilance Programme for monitoring adverse drug reactions during 2004 - 08.
The Department of Pharmacy Practice started clinical pharmacy services, drug information centre and adverse drug reaction monitoring at St. Martha's Hospital in the year 2004.
To enhance patient's health-related quality of life by taking leadership in promoting rational use of medicines.
To promote the knowledge, skill, attitude, abilities and values necessary to the provision of pharmaceutical care for the practice of pharmacy.
The faculty of the Department has the expertise to take up projects in the areas of Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Population Pharmacokinetics, Drug Utilization Evaluation, Adverse Drug Reaction monitoring, Improving the Quality of life of Patients through Patient Education and Preparation of Guidelines for the rational use of antibiotics.
The Department obtained a grant from WHO India Country Office to organize a workshop on “Pharmacoeconomics and its Application in Drug Supply Management” in collaboration with Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), WHO India Country Office. The Department is involved in publishing a quarterly journal namely “Indian Journal of Pharmacy Practice” of APTI.
The Department is associated with St. Philomena's Hospital, Bangalore where the Pharm. D and Pharm. D (Post Baccalaureate) courses are successfully running since 2011. The Department is actively involved in reporting adverse drug reactions to the Pharmacovigilance Program of India (PvPI), and is also listed in the signal review panel set up by the PvPI.