About Us

 

History of the Department...

The foundations in pharmacology and therapeutics in the University system of Sri Lanka were laid by Professors Bibile, Kottegoda and Lionel. Their academic exellence was paralled by their diverse non-academic interests that enriched humanity. The international pharmacological community recognized the talents of Professors Bibile, Kottegoda and Lionel and several international organizations used the knowledge and experience of these three academics. As the contributions of Professor Bibile to our country had been highlighted in several fora we do not propose to delve in detail about them here. However the setting up of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation and shouldering the responsibitities in setting up and running the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya deserve special mention. The three stalwarts of the Department, Bibile, Kottegoda and Lionel are no longer with us. The present members of the Department wish to record their gratitude and indebtedness to these three teachers. 

Mr. D A A Munasinghe was attached to our Department as a visiting lecturer in Pharmacy for over 35 years. The Department notes with deep regret his death in 1996. Mr. W Pathirana served the Department of Pharmacy from 2000 to 2009. We record with gratitude and affection the contribution made by Mr. Munasinge and Mr. W Pathirana to pharmacy education as well as to the Department of Pharmacology and their shining examples to the profession of pharmacy.

Over the years the Department has evolved into a Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Although there was emphasis in basic pharmacology and animal experiments in the initial years (fifties and sixties) now most of the teaching is about drugs in human systems. Thus trends are, in keeping with the changing trends in teaching pharmacology all over the world.

The Department is committed in teaching pharmacology and therapeutics to the medical students and in addition conducts the Internal Pharmacy course and contributes to the ophthalmic technologists course of the Ministry of Health. The Department assists the Ceylon Medical College Council by conducting the External Pharmacy examination. The Diploma in Pharmacy course was conducted from 1988 to 2000. One of the significant achievements of the Department is the start of a BSc (Pharmacy) special degree course in 1999/ 2000.The course is conducted jointly with the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo. The Department also assists the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine in teaching activities and examinations of MD part I oncology, MD with Board certification in Clinical Pharmacology, MD Paediatrics, MSc in Toxicology , Diploma in Critical Care, Diploma in Family Medicine, Diploma in Reproductive Health and Diploma in Hospital Dental Practice. We are increasingly co-opted as teachers in various training programs of the Ministry of Health and other institutions. Our Department is assisting all the sister Faculties of Medicine in the island in conducting their examinations in pharmacology.

The Department is commited to the continuing education of the medical profession. The Department has published/ authored many books in this regard. Sri Lanka Hospitals Formulary (1994), Diabetes Hand book (2006/2007) in English, Tamil and Sinhala, Sri Lanka Drug Index (2009/2010), National List of Essential Medicines Sri Lanka (2009), Foundation in Pharmacology (2009), "Aushada Bhavithayata Athwelak”  A book written in Sinhala to guide, consumers on using medicines safely and effectively (2009), Sri Lanka Patients Formulary (2010), Insulin for diabetes (2010) in Sinhala. We continue to publish the Sri Lanka Prescriber on a quarterly basis. The Deprtment provides a drug information service to the medical profession. Practitioners may contact the Department and get advice on drugs and issues related to management of patients.The Department functions as the National Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Center.


Our Department continues to play a key role in the field of control of pharmaceuticals in the country. Several of our members serves in the Drug Evaluation Sub Committee and other related committees. Professor Jayakody is a member of the Technical Advisory Commitee of the Ministry of Health. We continue to advice the Medial Supplies Division, the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation and several other institutions.

The areas of research interest of the present staff include medical and pharmacy education, drug utilization, ethics, drug information, adverse drug reactions, diabetes and use of antidiabetic medicines, anti-epileptic drugs, Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE) and Clinical trials.

 

No.

Name

Head

Present- status

1.

Professor Senaka Bibile

1958-1968
(10 years)

Died – 1977
(age – 57 year)

2.

Professor S.R. Kottegoda

1968-1970
(2 Years)

Died – 1995
(age – 76 year)

3.

Professor N.D.W. Lionel

1970-1982
(12 years)

Died – 1982
(age – 56 year)

4.

Professor W.M.T. Weerasinghe

1983-1991
(8 years)

Domiciled in Australia

5.

Professor G.H. Fernando

1991-1997
(6 years)

Professor of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenepura

6.

Professor K.Weerasuriya

1997-2003
(6 years)

Attached to the WHO

7.

Professor R.L.Jayakody

2003-2009
(6 years)

Professor of Pharmacology

8.

Professor R. Fernandopulle

2009-2010
(1 year)

Professor in Pharmacology

9.

Professor W.K. de Abrew

(2010-2011)
(1 year)

Professor in Pharmacology

10.

Professor Priyadarshani Galappatthy

1st-04-2011
to date

Professor in Pharmacology