On September 25th, the largest “human capsule” produced by students of the School of Modern Pharmaceutical Sciences, led by Dr. Puneet Dwivedi, broke the Guinness World Record of 2018.

This “human capsule” consisted of 100 Indian students in pharmacy, 500 of whom were dressed in blue and 500 in white. From the sky, they formed a shape similar to a blue-and-white capsule.

blue and white capsule

As we all known, capsules are one of the commonly used forms of medicine. The purpose of this campaign is to spread awareness of generic drugs.

A generic drug refers to a copy that is identical to the brand-name medicine in terms of dosage, safety, and strength, quality, performance, and intended use. The generic drug is slightly different from the original R&D drug. The generic drug only duplicates the molecular structure of the main components of the original R&D drug, and the addition of other components in the original R&D drug is different from that of the generic drug, so the two may have different therapeutic effects. The biggest benefit of generics is that they greatly reduce the price of the drug. Because they do not need to repeat animal and clinical studies on brand-name drugs to prove their safety and efficacy, the total cost is lower than brand-name drugs.

The scale of generic drugs is enormous. In the pharmaceutical market, the status of generic drugs is also increasing. In 2011, the global generic drug market has exceeded 130 billion US dollars. Originating from the Indian government's strong support for generic drugs, India is currently the largest exporter of generic drugs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 generic drugs companies producing 20% ​​of the world's generic drugs and exporting them all over the world.

Reference: 1,000 Indore students form biggest ‘human capsule’ for this reason. Set world record