Doctors' Role Commemorated on Doctor's Day by Creating World's Largest Pet Bottle Mosaic in the Shape of a Smile at JJ Hospital, Mumbai

Jul 02, 2014, 09:50 ET from Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd

MUMBAI, India, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

~All the expectorant pet bottles used in creating this smiley are to be donated to 32 Government Hospitals across the country to provide relief to less-privileged patients during monsoons~ 

~Nationwide study conducted by Glenmark in Government Hospitals revealed increasing numbers of patients suffering from cough, cold, influenza and other related illnesses during monsoon~ 

On July 1st - Doctor's Day - a large smiley spreading across 1,218.99 sq feet was created at JJ Hospital, Mumbai to commemorate the role of Doctors in bringing 'smiles' to the lives of countless patients. The smiley was created with 66,311 bottles of an expectorant brand from Glenmark; all of which will be donated to 32 Government Hospitals across the country. This will help in providing relief to thousands of less-privileged patients visiting these government hospitals during the monsoon season when cough, cold and other illnesses are on the rise.

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This 'smiley' structure also entered the Guinness World RecordsTM by being the globe's largest mosaic created through the arrangement of pet bottles. The initiative was spearheaded by Glenmark; a research led global integrated pharmaceutical company in association with JJ Hospital. The event was attended by leading doctors from across the city, select patients and officials from Glenmark.

A nationwide study conducted by Glenmark across major Government Hospitals in the country revealed that there was a significant increase in cases of cough, cold and other illness in these hospitals during the monsoon season. The study showed that there is an approximately 25% rise in such cases during the rainy season. This promoted Glenmark to do its bit for the less-privileged sections of society by donating its expectorant brand to leading Government Hospitals, where they come for treatment.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. T P Lahane-Dean of JJ Hospital, Mumbai said "Every year during monsoon, JJ Hospital witnesses about 25 per cent increase in the number of the patients suffering from cold, cough, influenza and other related symptoms. These conditions need to be given immediate medical attention early on or else it might escalate into possible life threatening diseases like pneumonia.  On the occasion of Doctor's Day, JJ Hospital is happy to be partnering Glenmark in this nationwide initiative of spreading smiles to thousands of less-privileged patients"

Sujesh Vasudevan, Executive Vice President - Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited said  "On the occasion of Doctor's Day, we not only wanted to thank all Doctors for their invaluable contribution to society; but also wanted to do something meaningful for the less privileged sections of society. Being a leading player in the respiratory segment, we are happy to provide relief and touch the lives of around 70 000 less-privileged patients across the country during monsoon season, when cough and cold cases are on the rise." He added "We are also delighted to create a new Guinness World Record(TM) through this endeavour."

Ms. Fortuna Burke, Adjudicator, Guinness World RecordsTM  "It was a fantastically well organised Guinness World RecordsTM title attempt. We were happy to see thousands & thousands of bottles so precisely placed and creating the image of a smiley. Guinness World RecordsTM is pleased to be here in Mumbai to recognise Glenmark as an official Guinness World RecordsTM breaker. Glenmark Pharmaceutical is officially amazing."  

Apart from JJ Hospital, Mumbai; Glenmark will be donating bottles of its expectorant brand to Government Hospitals in major cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Pune and other locations.

About Glenmark 

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (GPL) is a research-driven, global, integrated pharmaceutical company headquartered at Mumbai, India. It is ranked among the top 80 Pharma & Biotech companies of the world in terms of revenues. (SCRIP 100 Rankings published in the year 2013). Glenmark is a leading player in the discovery of new molecules both NCEs (new chemical entity) and NBEs (new biological entity). Glenmark has several molecules in various stages of clinical development and is primarily focused in the areas of Inflammation [asthma/COPD, rheumatoid arthritis etc.] and Pain [neuropathic pain and inflammatory pain].

The company has a significant presence in branded generics markets across emerging economies including India. GPL along with its subsidiary has 14 manufacturing facilities in four countries and has six R&D centers. Its subsidiary, Glenmark Generics Limited services the requirements of the US and Western Europe generics markets. The API business sells its products in over 80 countries, including the US, various countries in the EU, South America and India.

Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals (Mumbai) 

Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, established in 1845, is a premier and pioneer medical institution of national and international fame and 166 years of glorious history. This oldest medical institution in Western India, run by Government of Maharashtra, provides undergraduate and postgraduate medical training and health care ranging from broad specialties to super-specialties along with tertiary care to patients. Grant Medical College Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals stand apart amongst all the medical colleges in Maharashtra because of its unique topography, connectivity and persistent leadership in medical training and health care for the common man over past one and a half century.

SOURCE Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd