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Dr Suthakaran Chidambarann

Madras Medical College Madras  Madras University,Chennai
MD Pharmacology, 1975-1983 Thanjavur Medical College Thanjavur Madras University MBBS



2008 April to Till date         
Head Clinical Research Services                           
Madras Diabetes Research Foundation Chennai

  • Initiated seven Phase II and III clinical trials
  • Reorganised the Human Ethics committee
  • Developed SOP for smooth functioning of the research unit
  • Developed 17 Work Instructions
  • Developed 32 SOP for the smooth functioning of Ethics committee
  • Developed application format for research proposals
  • Developed the approval format for research proposals
  • Trained 16 personnel in GCP
  • Initiated publication of MDRF News letter
  • Editor of Drug A Month publication
  • Drug Information Services for Diabetologists
  • Three articles in advanced stages of publication

Jan 2007 –Mar 2008        
Accenture Services Limited Chennai
General Manager Operations

  • Initiated and developed Outsourcing of Pharmacovigilance services
  • Looked after 3 of the 5 pillars of Pharmacovigilance (Safety Reporting Medical Review and Case Validation)
  • Managed 67 professionals of 3 teams in two shifts
  • Implemented training course for new recruits 

Feb 2006 to Dec 2006       
The Himalaya Drug Company Bangalore
Medical Advisor

  • Initiated sixteen clinical trials for various products
  • Trained the senior manager in product knowledge
  • Expanded the publication activities of the company

1998 –2005                         
Stedman Pharmaceuticals P Limited Chennai
Medical Director

  • Responsible for introduction of new products
  • Identification of new products
  • Training of field personnel
  • Research and Development of new drug combinations
  • Introduced several first time combinations  - Drez (Topical povidone iodine plus Metonidazole) , Serronak (Diclofenac sodium plus Serratiopeptidase), Restofit Capsules (Vitamin E plus N-Acetyl cysteine), Nimuspas (Nimesulide plus dicyclomine)
  • Responsible for registering the company’s products in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam Myanmmar.

1992 –1998 Croslands (Ranbaxy) Mumbai
Manager Regulatory & Clinical Research Services

  • Responsible for introduction of new products such as Daivonex (Calcipotriol)
  • Identification of new products such as Volini Gel Tiniflox (Tinidazole plus norfloxacin), Croaml (amlodipine plus atenolol) Hydralac (Clobetasol plus Ammonium Lactate) Volini Gel
  • Training of field personnel
  • Research and Development of new drug combinations
  • Responsible for registering the company’s products in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam Myanmmar Uganda Kenya
  • Liaise and coordinate with international collaborators to get their products registered in India.
  • Responsible for the development of technical reports, preparation of protocol/proforma and identification of investigators
  • Proficiently coordinating with formulation R &D, Finance, Collection of results and Analysis of results.
  • Managing the report compilation and report submission with reports for submission to Regulatory authorities.
  • Handling the in-vitro release pattern of creams, pre marketing assessment studies and post-marketing surveillance studies.
  • Proficiently answering medical queries, accountable for the literature collection and training field personnel.
  • Effectively manage/develop the justification and scientific literature for company products.

1989–1992 JIPMER Pondicherry
Senior Demonstrator

  • Foremost in-charge of Therapeutic Monitoring Unit simultaneously teaching the MBBS and MD students.
  • Responsible to assist Dr C Adithan in conducting bio-availability & pharmacokinetic studies  and in the conduct of animal pharmacology studies
  • Initiated ADR services in collaboration with WHO
  1. Ramasamy S Suthakaran C Bapna JS Role of GABA-ergic system in metoclopromide and clonidine analgesia Med Sci Res; 17:375-376.
  2. Ramasamy S Suthakaran C Bapna JS Role of GABA-ergic system in prolactin analgesia Clin Expl Physiol Pharmacol; 16:893-896.
  3. Rajasekaran M Suthakaran C Bapna JS Nair AG Mast cell protective activity of ursolic acid Drug Dev Res; 2:179-182 (Awarded the Uvans Prize)
  4. Adithan C Senthivel kumar B Raveendran R Suthakaran C DAs AK Bapna JS Increased elimination of phenytoin in undernourished type I diabetic patients Ind J Pharmacol; 22:211-215.
  5. Suthakaran C Vijayasekaran V Thanikachalam S Clinical evaluation of slow release nifedipine in mild to moderate hypertension (Paper presented in 12th Southern regional Conference of Indian Pharmacological Society Manipal.
  6. Suthakaran C Vijayasekaran V Thanikachalam S Clinical evaluation of atenolol in mild to moderate  hypertension (Paper presented in 2nd International Conference of Clinical Pharmacology at Mumbai
  7. Suthakaran C Adithan C Rajaram S Compartive bioavailability of two different brands of ciprofloxacin Int J Clin Pharmacol Toxicol; 30:66-68.
  8. Suthakaran C Adithan C Rajaram S Sashindran CH Tripath KD Gandhi IS. Pharmacokinetics of ciprofloxacin- Limitations to salivary sampling Ind J Pharmacol; 24:25-28. (Awearded UK Seth Prize).
  9. Rajaram S Suthakaran C Bapna JS Majumdar Double blind randomized clinical trial of cetirizine in the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis Ind J Pharmacol;26: 112-116

Honors & Awards

  • Honored with the B.Uvnas Prize by the Indian Pharmacological Society in the year 1990 for the best work carried out in an Indian Laboratory on Autocoid Pharmacology.
  • Bestowed with the U.K. Seth Prize by the Indian Pharmacological society in the year 1991 for the best work in Clinical Pharmacology in an Indian Laboratory
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