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Summary of Drug & Poison Information

The Poisons Information Centre (PIC) could be a specialized unit providing information on prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of poisoning and hazard management. Most of the developed and lots of developing countries have well established poison control centres with poisons information service, patient management facility and analytical laboratory.

In India, the National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC) was established in February, 1995 within the Department of Pharmacology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The centre provides toxicological information and advice on the management of poisoned patients adopted to the extent of the enquirer.

The basis of this service are the databases on poisoning, drug reactions and also the continual and systematic collection of information from the library. This information service is out there around the clock. The PIC has the training responsibility extending to medical and other health professionals and community.

The NPIC organized two successive training courses for medical professionals and para professionals in any respect health levels. Further, NPIC could be a participant of INTOX project of IPCS/WHO, receiving regular yearly training on the utilization of INTOX.