OPPI hosts OTC Health and Wellness Conference to promote responsible self-care

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NEW DELHI, Nov. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) organized the OTC Health and Wellness Conference 2023 at PHD House, New Delhi, with the objective of promoting responsible self-care among individuals. The conference aimed to empower consumers by providing them with evidence-based information on the appropriate use and safety of over the counter (OTC) medications. This event brought together industry experts, government officials, medical professionals, and consumer groups to discuss and deliberate upon the importance of responsible self-care in India. The OPPI initiative is in line with its efforts of working towards facilitating the Government in developing the OTC & self-care framework and adopting a collaborative approach to building a responsible self-care practice in our country.

OPPI hosts OTC Health and Wellness Conference to promote responsible self-care

The conference served as a platform for stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussions and deliberate on the significance of responsible self-care. With the increasing accessibility of OTC medications, it is imperative that individuals have the knowledge and tools to make informed choices regarding their health and well-being. OPPI’s initiative seeks to create a more informed and health-conscious society and be a steppingstone for the establishment of a robust OTC framework in the country.

Anil Matai, Director General of OPPI, stated, “The OTC Conference serves as a pivotal platform for promoting responsible self-care. Our collective efforts are aimed at equipping individuals with knowledge and confidence to make informed choices about their health. At OPPI, we are committed to continuing the dialogue on responsible self-care and will work tirelessly to provide consumers with the necessary tools and information to make informed health decisions. Our advocacy decisions, patient commitment, and work are always in the best interest of the country, and we embody the spirit of working for Bharat Ke Liye.”

The discussion at the event shed light on the ways consumer health companies have embraced a responsible marketing approach, aligning their strategies with ethical practices. Moreover, the conference highlighted the economic value of self-care, emphasizing its significance not only in personal health but also in the broader healthcare landscape. The role of OTC medications as an enabler for last-mile access to patients, especially in remote areas, was a key focus, highlighting how these accessible remedies can help bridge healthcare gaps. Finally, the conference explored the multifaceted efforts required to foster responsible self-care, encompassing a wide array of topics relevant to enhancing public health and well-being. The insights generated during the conference shall be shared further with Government stakeholders in the form of an event paper, to enable stronger facilitation for the development of OTC & self-care framework in the country.

Milind Thatte, Chair, OPPI OTC committee and Managing Director, P&G Health, added, “As leaders, we recognize that our responsibility extends beyond developing and providing healthcare solutions. It encompasses empowering individuals to take charge of their health. Responsible self-care is not merely a choice; it is a path to healthier lives and a more resilient healthcare system. Through this conference, we aim to inspire a collective shift towards informed decision-making, ensuring that each person is not just a beneficiary of healthcare but an active participant in their own well-being. We believe that responsible self-care is the cornerstone of a brighter, healthier future, and we are committed to driving this change.”

The event also felicitated companies for the Consumer Healthcare awards 2023, to recognize effective, innovative, and successful approaches in the Consumer Healthcare domain in enabling access for their respective products and brands. The awards were presided & judged by a distinguished panel, including Dr Shailesh Ayyangar, Value Accelerator Sector Advisor, Goldman Sachs Asset Management – Healthcare; Vikrant Shrotriya, Corporate Vice President and Managing Director, Novo Nordisk India; Suraja Kishore, CEO- BBDO & TeamX for Mercedes-Benz, India; Monica Gangwani, Executive Director India, Advisory Services, Eversana along with Susan Josi, Independent Healthcare Consultant.

The Consumer Health Brand of the Year 2023 was awarded to Galderma India Pvt Ltd for CETAPHIL, with Haleon India (SENSODYNE) and P&G Health India (NEUROBION) as the 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively. The Best Consumer Health Digital Marketing Campaign was jointly awarded to P&G Health (Livogen) and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd (La Shield), while Bayer India (Saridon- Aarampur) received the runner-up prize. The awards were presented by Chief Guest Mr. A.K Pradhan, Joint Drug Controller, CDSCO, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

About OPPI

The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) established in 1965, represents the research-based global pharmaceutical companies in India. OPPI has been an integral part of the healthcare journey of the country. We remain committed to supporting the nation’s healthcare objectives, putting patients at the core of all decision making and collaborating with all stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to realize the collective vision of Health for All.

Our member companies have been serving the country’s healthcare ecosystem since pre-independence and continue to remain committed to patient safety and providing quality care in the future as well. As an association, our advocacy decisions, patient commitment, and work are always keeping the country first and we embody the spirit of working for ‘Bharat Ke Liye’; driven by innovation to find solutions for unmet medical needs, collaboration with government stakeholders, and co-creation with partners coming together to address the nation’s healthcare challenges. We are committed to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji’s clarion call of ‘Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan’.

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