Research in the field of medicine to help cut the cost of medication for Diabities and Asthmatic Patients
Students and faculty of University Institute of Pharma Studies (UIPS) at Chandigarh University, Gharuan have been successful in filing 5 patents in the field of medicines, medicine equippments and oil expolration and refining process. The path-breaking research which has resulted in filing of patents has been conducted within a time-span of 6 months by the Core Research Group (CRG) formed at UIPS which comprises of 10 Faculty Members and 30 Students of B.Pharmacy and M.Sc. Bio-Technology. The patents has been filed with Indian Patent Office which is administrated by Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (CGPDTM) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
While giving details about the patents filed by UIPS, Dr. Satbir Sehgal, Dean Research, Chandigarh University revealed that, “Out of the total 5 patent filed, 4 are in the field of medicines which are aimed to reduce the medication cost meant for the chronic & heridatery diseases such as Diabaties and Asthama, while the other patent helps in reducing the cost involved in refining and prification of oil from its raw form”. One of the patent filed by Dr.Manish Gosawmi, Pincipal, UIPS along with students of Bio-Technology is regarding production of Instrument which mimics the oral absorption of drugs in stomach which will help during the testing of new drugs and its effects and hance will save lives of animals which are used to conduct tests by the scientists to simulate the effect of drugs on body.
While the 3 patents filed by Dr. Rajwinder Kaur, Ujjwal Kaushik and Payal Mittal are instrumental in devloping compounds which can be added to drugs meant for diabtes and asthma to reduce its side effects on the patients. According to Dr. Rajwinder Kaur, the new compounds Novel Thiophene Anti-Asthmatic and Novel Anti-Diabetic Compounds which are extracted from Balsamina fruits, if added to the drugs fomulation will also help in reduction in frequency of drugs to be undertaken by the patient who is undergoing medication, which will ultimately lead to reduction in the cost of medicines.
“India currently ranks very low on the Global Intelluctual Property Index which can be ascertained by the fact that India filled 1423 patents in 2016-17 in comparison to South Korea which filled 14,626, China 29,846, Japan 44,235 and USA 57,385 patents filled during the same tenure” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University. “Indian Universities have not been able to keep pace with the World Universities in the field of research and as a result we have to depend upon nations like USA, Japan, China for new products, technologies and services