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The tradition continues

Father Muller Homoeopathic Pharmaceuticals sets standards in manufacturing homoeopathic drugs



The facility is spread over 50,000 square feet on a lush green 30-acre campus.

WHEN WAY back in 1880, Augustus Muller, a member of Society of Jesus, opened a regular dispensary — Homoeopathic Poor Dispensary — at the Kankanady hill here, little did he know that 125 years later, it would spawn a state-of-the-art homoeopathic medicine manufacturing unit. Situated at Kotekar village near Deralakatte on the way to Mangalore University, the Father Muller Homoeopathic Pharmaceutical division is a testimony to founder's vision on the homoeopathic system of medicine.

Father Muller, a German by birth, arrived in Mangalore in 1878. He had brought with him a small chest of homoeopathic medicines from Catellan, a homoeopathic firm in Paris. With this, he began treating the sick and the poor. Soon his name and fame spread far and wide. Two years later, he set up the dispensary, which now manufactures the medicines.

Spread over 50,000 square feet on a lush green 30-acre campus, the building is like entering a maze, which unfolds some new fascinating secret about manufacturing homoeopathic drugs at every turn. Cleanliness and strictest compliance with statutory requirements is a norm here, and care is taken to meet quality standards at all stages of manufacturing process.

Father Muller introduced Monsignor Soleri's `Specifics' at the old manufactory in 1987. The division presently is its sole manufacturer, which is very popular under the label Father Muller Specifics. Besides these, the other products of the manufactory such as homoeopathic and biochemical combination tablets, patent products, liniments, ointments, talcum power, hair oil have become a household name in India. According to Stany Tauro, head of the division, with a manifold increase in demand for Father Muller medicines, expansion of the unit became the only way to keep pace with the requirements. The new manufactory, which took only a short time to be envisioned, began work on January 12, 2004. The division adheres to norms of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and functions within the prescribed legal framework. Production is carried out under the supervision of competent technical personnel.

Father Tauro adds that professionally trained staff keeps a round-the-clock vigil on in-process control. Adoption of latest technology and the fully computerised division go a long way in maximizing productivity and efficiency. The division is not only committed to maintain highest standards, but also address the issue of environment and hygiene in and around the plant. A modern effluent treatment plant, automatic bottle washing unit, filtered fresh air system and a dust extraction system are few examples in this direction.

Pure water is supplied to the respective sections through stainless steel pipes from the distilled water and demineralised water plants. In order to ensure consistent functioning, the manufactory is provided with two rectified spirit storage tanks, each of 6,000 litres capacity. Fr. Tauro notes that the final product is true to the tradition and tenets of Father Muller Charitable Institutions — purity, quality and genuineness — which any physician would look for. He asserts that it is the brand — Father Muller — that sells.

JAIDEEP SHENOY

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