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Pharmacy services are responsible for safe usage, storage, distribution, appropriate and safe usage of drugs. Inventory control, budget, patient billing (both in-patient & out-patient) for medication and all policies and procedures regarding such activities. The pharmacy department maintains an inventory of critical and life saving drugs that are distributed and sold over the counter following all the rules and regulations as per the guidelines and norms of Food and Drugs Administration of Pondicherry.

The department is well equipped for the storage of drugs through refrigeration and under lock ‘n’ key for narcotic drugs. It maintains separate counters billing and delivery counters for in-patients and out-patients. Each of these delivery counters are manned by qualified and registered pharmacists to cater to accurate delivery of prescribed drugs. The department holds the license to run paid as well as free pharmacy.

The department runs this pharmacy wherein the buyer needs to purchase the prescribed drugs. There are 2 separate counters for drug delivery and billing for both in-patients and out-patients. The central pharmacy works 24 x 7 in three shifts as follows:

  • 08:00 am to 02:00 pm
  • 02:00 pm to 08:00 pm
  • 08:00 pm to 08:00 am

As the name suggests, this pharmacy distributes prescribed drugs free of cost to the needy and poor in-patients and out-patients. The free pharmacy counter works between 08:00 am to 04:30 pm every day. This pharmacy also organizes health camps and social activities. The free pharmacy has 3 counters as follows:

  • Within the Institute on ground floor of C-Block
  • At Rural Health Centre of Seliamedu
  • At Urban Health Centre of Ariankuppam

The department procures and distributes drugs as per the demand and usage following the guidelines of FDA, Pondicherry. The pharmacy makes available any new drug that comes referred by CIMS, Drug Index or new Drug Reference Journals.

The department procures drugs from licensed pharmaceutical distributors / companies. Procurement of drugs is accordance to the demand through a list of required drugs and with approval of Pharmacy Regulatory Committee and as per the guidelines and norms of Food and Drugs Administration of Pondicherry.


Distribution Procedures


  • The department provides a 24 hours pharmacy services for all emergency care and live saving drugs
  • ASV & ARV and all vaccines available
  • Antidotes available e.g., PAM and Atropine
  • Recent and up-to-date drug formulations available