Status of Research in the field of chemotherapy for infectious diseases in the last 5 years

  • Nusrat Shafiq Department of Pharmacology, PGIMER, Sector 12, Chandigarh
  • Ashish Kumar Kakkar
  • Samir Malhotra


The Indian National Science Academy has published  two Status Reports on Pharmacological Research (1984 & 2000). The International Council for Science (ICSU) National Committee for Pharmacology has commissioned the third status report on Pharmacological Research in India covering the last 5 years. This report covers research done in chemotherapy of infectious diseases barring tropical diseases.  The areas covered in chemotherapy included drug-discovery, observational studies, pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics and safety studies. We largely relied on Pubmed for our search. Work conducted in India and where at least one of the authors was affiliated to the Department of Pharmacology was included. Salient features of the studies were summarized. Lacunae in the current scene of research were explored and way forward suggested.