HERD Pharmacy – To The Fore

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HERD Pharmacy emerges as the most visible business face among HERD Group of Companies. The medical stores are continually scaling projected targets and it is the ethos of team spirit that has them being perceived as a successful chain. The pharmacy team comprises of young and enthusiastic staff who have exhibited their propensity in bringing HERD Pharmacy to its present level of visibility in the pharmacy market in and around Nagpur.

The plan is to keep scaling beyond present pharma trends and exceed consumer expectations. The company delivers a wide range of quality medicines and medical products. HERD Pharmacy chain of medical stores is all geared up to take its success story forward. Established in November 2015, it is a nascent pharmacy chain, but the company has good experience of wholesale pharmaceuticals business having been in the business of hospital medical supplies.

HERD Pharmacy is managed by healthcare professionals and this makes all the difference. Established by Doctors of Medicine and run by professional pharmacists, it is this specialized education and training that has managers performing their roles to satisfaction. The sales staff works with the sole aim of ensuring optimal health to the patients who come in for medicines. It is this care and knowledge that becomes the underlying USP for HERD Pharmacy.

Pharmacy managers, ingrained in pharma practice know full well about the mode of action of a particular drug, its metabolism and physiological effects on human body in great detail. They play an important role in optimization of a drug treatment for people in need of medication. It is this fundamental role that they play that creates trust and faith for our customers.

The pharmacy technicians support the work of pharmacists and other health professionals by performing a variety of tasks that includes dispensing prescription drugs and other medical devices to patients and instructing on their use. They also perform administrative duties in pharmaceutical practice such as reviewing prescription requests, and suggesting in store medications. HERD Pharmacy offers the under mentioned services through its trained team of staff and pharmacists in a heartfelt manner:

  • All-Day Service and All-Night Service Outlets
  • Credit and Debit Card Facility Available
  • Prescription Reminder Service to Regular Patients
  • Most Medicines Stored In Stated Specific Atmospheric Condition to Maintain Efficacy and Quality of Drugs.
  • Our Air Conditioned Outlets Create Ambient Shopping Environment
  • Trained Pharmacists in Stores at All Times
  • Customer Friendly Store Offering Pleasant Shopping Experience
  • We Stock Well To Make Sure The Prescription Does Not Bounce
  • The CBU Holds 20000+ Medications to be Supplied To Pharmacy Stores
  • Every Product at Our Store Is Carefully Chosen And Scrutinized Thoroughly
  • We Meet the Standards Of Safety And Efficacy.
  • Product Are Stored/Transported/Displayed With Utmost Care To Maintain Cold Chain And Other Storage And Transportation Norms.

Brief History of Pharmacology & Pharmacy

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Pharmacology evolved as an independent science only in early 19th century. It is really interesting to explore the history of pharmacy. The making of medicines is rooted in antiquity in various parts of the world. Research studies attest to the use of medicinal plants since pre-history. We are certainly aware of sanjeevani buti, the medicinal herb carried by Lord Hanuman in our ancient mythological lore dating back to over six thousand years!

Sumerian records for prescriptions of medicines have been found on ancient tablets! So also ancient Egyptian pharmacological knowledge exists on various papyri like Ebers Papyrus of 1550 BC and Edwin Smith Papyrus of 16th century BC. Ancient Greece too – before, during and after Hippocrates – had experts in medicinal plants. Diocles of Carystus in 4th century BC is considered the source of Greek pharmacotherapeutic treatises. Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides authored volumes entitled De Materia Medica that became the foundation for medieval texts and even Islamic medicine.

De materia medica eventually also influenced the Chinese medicine manual Shennong Bencao Jing or The Divine Farmer’s Herb-Root Classic in 1st century AD.  Japanese medicine men at the end of the Asuka period (538-710) and early Nara period (710-794) were akin to modern pharmacists. Baghdad saw its first pharmacies established in 754 under the Abbasid Caliphate and by 9th century these pharmacies became state-regulated.

Earliest known compilation of medicinal substances in Indian traditional medicine dates to 3rd or 4th century AD and are attributed to Sushruta, the famed physician of 6th century BC. In ancient India medicines were derived from vegetable, animal and mineral origins. They were prepared by experts who usually kept their knowledge secret. The traditional Indian system of medicine declined during the Muslim rule with Arabic or Unani system taking over.

The advances made in the Middle East in botany and chemistry led medicine in medieval Islam substantially to develop pharmacology. Al-Biruni (973-1050) wrote one of the most valuable Islamic works entitled Kitab al-Saydalah or The Book of Drugs offering knowledge of properties of drugs and outlined the role of pharmacy and the functions and duties of the pharmacist! Ibn Sina too described no less than 700 preparations, their properties, mode of action and their indications in his – The Canon of Medicine. Subsequently, the works of Al-Maridini of Baghdad and Cairo, and Ibn al-Wafid (1008–1074), were both printed in Latin, over fifty times!

In Europe pharmacy-like shops of apothecaries began appearing in the 12th century. In 1240 emperor Frederic II issued a decree by which the physician’s and the apothecary’s professions were separated. The western or Allopathic system of medicine came into India with the British rule and got state patronage. Prior to 1940 drugs were imported from Europe. It was only later that drugs of this system began to be manufactured in India.

In 1930, Government of India appointed a committee to look into the problems of Pharmacy in India and recommend measures to be taken. The committee published its report in 1931 and reported that there was no recognized specialized profession of Pharmacy. A set of people known as compounders were filling this critical gap. Soon after publication of the report Prof. M.L.Schroff started pharmaceutical education at Banaras Hindu University.

The United Province Pharmaceutical Association was established in 1935 that later became Indian Pharmaceutical Association. A code of ethics was drafted by the Pharmacy Council of India to guide pharmacists as to how to conduct themselves in relation to their patrons, public, profession and patients. This then lent nobility to the profession of pharmacy that became supportive for healing and treating people. The government till date restricts the practice of pharmacy to professional pharmacists. In fact just like the Hippocratic Oath for doctors, pharmacists too take a Pharmacists Oath!

I promise to do all I can to protect and improve the physical and moral well-being of society, holding the health and safety of my community above other considerations. I shall uphold the laws and standards governing my profession, avoiding all forms of misinterpretation, and I shall safeguard the distribution of medical and potent substances.

Knowledge gained about patients, I shall hold in confidence and never divulge unless compelled to do so by law.

I shall strive to perfect and enlarge my knowledge to contribute to the advancements of pharmacy and the public health.

I furthermore promise to maintain my honour in all transactions and by my conduct never bring discredit to myself or to my profession nor to do anything to diminish the trust reposed in my professional brethren.

May I prosper and live long in favour as I keep and hold to this, my Oath, but if violated these sacred promises, may the reverse be my lot.

Medical Camp at Hiwra Bazar – Happens Despite Heavy Rains

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Dr Amol Deshmukh with the Patients at Hiwra Bazar

In the series of medical camps organized for rural citizens of neighboring districts, HERD Foundation conducted its free medical camp at Hiwra Bazar. Camp timings were 4 to 9 and despite the steady drizzle from morning people had arrived since two in the afternoon. At one point overcast clouds gave way to heavy rainfall looking like the camp would be cancelled. The arrangements outside were going haywire but Dr Amol R. Deshmukh gave the go ahead to move inside classrooms to keep the healthcare camp going.

This proved to be a good decision since people had assembled from nearby villages too –  from Salai, Pauni, Fulzhari and Khanora. The assembled crowd was perhaps an indicator that doctors remain in short supply at these locations and a medical facility is needed. These villages are all at a distance of 5-6 kms and people had actually walked over to be able to see a doctor. Also most of the visitors were old people that shows geriatric population responds to these medical camps with alacrity and a sense of conviction.

Check-ups continued well into the night. Dr Amol R. Deshmukh accompanied by his mother Smt Rupatai Deshmukh were present at the camp along with the entire team of doctors, para-medics and essential medicines to be dispensed. The medical camp was inaugurated by the hands of Smt. Nandatai Nanhe, Sarpanch of Hiwra Bazar. Other influential village people were also present to extend support for such a noble cause.

As expected over 2000 people were checked-in to be examined for the varied physical complaints. Aside from seasonal ailments some serious conditions were diagnosed that included cases of oral pre-cancerous, hernia hydrocele, learning disability, pediatric tuberculosis, infertility and spondolysis and low back pain.  A singular case of ectopic uterus (displaced womb) and a chronic suppurative osteo myelititis (inflammatory condition of bone) case along with severe pus formation was also detected and referred for further treatment. Incidentally the latter was being mistakenly treated for cancer locally.

In all nearly 80 severe and surgical cases were referred for further treatment. The patients were counseled and provided due information. Eight medical departments of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital with teams of doctors, interns, nurses and attendants examined and treated the people. The medical team of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Surgery, Dental and ENT Departments attended to patients who had come from the surrounding areas too.

Dr Amol Deshmukh continues to play a key role and in contributing for the medical welfare of people through provision of needed medical treatment. He is a strong advocate for weaker sections to gain access to medical care, particularly those living in remote rural areas.

Free Medical Camp

People Lined Up all Through the Long Evening