Department of Pharmacology was started in the year 1966 along with starting of the Indira Gandhi Medical College (Himachal Pradesh Medical College at that time).An eminent pharmacologist Dr. M.N. Ghosh was the first Head of Department, presently the Department is being headed by Dr. D.D. Gupta. Other faculty is being constituted by one Associate Professor and one Assistant Professor. Initially the department used to teach MBBS students only but now the teaching has been extended to MD, BDS andB.Sc Nursing students. MD (Pharmacology) was started in the year 1982 with one seat which has been increased to two per year, both of which are recognized by MCI. Earlier, the research and thesis work was limited to animals only. Now the thesis work by M.D students is also being carried out in association with various clinical departments such as Cardiology, Psychiatry, Pulmonary Medicine and General Medicine etc. Under PharmacovigilanceProgramme of India, the department of Pharmacology, IGMC Shimla has been designated as Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Centre (AMC). The faculty and residents of the Department are regularly participating in the National and International conferences and present their research work.

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