Pharmacy is the branch of science that links the health science with the chemical science & is an important component of the medical and healthcare system. It is the profession responsible for the preparation, dispensing and appropriate use of medication. A Pharmacists job is to prepare, mix, compound or dispense drugs and medicines, ointments, powder, pills, tablets and injections on the prescription of a medical practitioner, dentist or veterinarian.
|Diploma||Class 10 +2 (PCM,PCB,PCMB)||2 years|
|Under Graduate||Class 10 +2 (PCM,PCB,PCMB) – minimum 50% + Entrance Test||4 years|
|Post Graduate||Graduate (B.Pharm) + Entrance
|Ph.D (For those who want to go in academics)||Post graduate (M.Pharm)||2 years|
|Pharm.D.(Doctor of Pharmacy)||Class 10 +2 (PCM,PCB,PCMB)||6 years (5 years of study +1 year of Internship)|
|Pharm.D.(Post Baccalaureate)||Graduate (B.Pharm)||3 years|
KCET (FOR KARNATAKA)
GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test)
Depending on the type of institute/ quota, fees can range from Rs 40000 to 1,00,000/ year excluding lodging and boarding charges.
Liking for science particularly life sciences and medicine
An ability to put hard work, strong logical thinking, patience, a sense of responsibility
Patient counseling skills
Strong analytical abilities
Good communication skills
Flair for convincing people
Career in Pharmacy is very lucrative. Following are the various job profiles offered to graduates and post graduates in Pharmacy:
Production: Production/manufacture of bulk drugs & intermediates, finished medicines, vaccines & other biological products, veterinary medicines, ayurvedic medicines, diagnostic products & medical devices.
Quality Assurance:Preparing, reviewing & submitting documents, conducting trainings, internal audits etc.Hence assuring overall quality management.
Research & Development: Discovery of drug, reverse engineering, formulation and process development, up scaling from pilot to manufacture, troubleshooting, stability and packaging development.
Quality Control: Testing of product throughout the life cycle of the drug and finished product (from raw materials, packing material to finished goods /stability, etc.)
Packing: It includes various stages of packaging of pharmaceuticals.
Regulatory: Preparing, reviewing, communicating, submitting registration documents on pharmaceuticals to regulatory agencies to get R & D, testing, production & marketing approvals, issues related to patents.
Sales and Marketing: Team management, strategic planning, marketing of pharmaceuticals. Working as a medical representative.
Community/Retails Pharmacy: Employed as a pharmacist, or can start his own medical store.
Hospital Pharmacy:Dispensing of medicines, counseling of patients & health promotion. Taking part in national health programs.
Clinical Pharmacy: It is branch of pharmacy where pharmacists provide care that optimizes the use of medication and promotes health, wellness and disease prevention. Clinical pharmacists care for patients in all health care settings but clinical pharmacy movement initially begin inside hospitals and clinics. They often collaborate with physicians and others healthcare professionals.
Academics: Pharmacists as teachers have various roles to play in the teaching in pharmacy colleges and also carry out continuing up gradation and research work.
Clinical Research: Its work is to undertake clinical studies, protocol development, case report form review and designing, report writing, monitoring, quality assurance and data management, conduction of bioavailability studies, data management for global trials etc.
Regulatory: Their task is to ensure that the pharmaceuticals in the market - right from raw material to finished product and the distribution from the manufacturing facility to the customer is regulated, so as to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of pharmaceuticals.
Pharmacy Honours - B.Pharm.(Hons.)
(Diploma ) Veterinary Pharmacy
(Diploma )Pharmaceutical Management
Certificate course in Pharmaceutical Management
Certificate course in Pharmacovigilance
Certificate course in Pharmacy
Certificate in Drug Regulatory Affairs
Clinical Practice & Research
Technical & Analytical Chemistry
Herbal Products & their standardization
Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance (PG Dip.PQA)
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs (PG Dip.PRA)
Principles of clinical pharmacology
Nirma college of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad (http://www.nirmauni.ac.in/ip/nirmauni.asp)
National lnstitute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Ahmedabad (http://www.niperahm.edu.in)
M.S.University, Baroda (http://www.msubaroda.ac.in)
L.M. College Of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad (http://lmcp.in)
Rofel Shri G.M Bilakhia College of Pharmacy, Vapi (http://www.rofelpharma.org)
AR college GH Patel Institute of Pharmacy, Vallabh Vidyanagar (http://www.arghpharmacy.ac.in)
Government College of Pharmacy, Aurangabad (http://www.gcpharma.ac.in)
Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Pharmacy, Navi Mumbai (http://copmumbai.bharatividyapeeth.edu)
Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai (http://www.bcpindia.org)
Indira College of Pharmacy, Pune (http://www.indiraicp.edu.in)
K.M.Kundnani College of Pharmacy, Mumbai (http://www.kmkcp.com/institute.html)
NMIMS (Pharmacy Department), Mumbai (http://www.nmims.edu)
Pune University (Pharmacy Department), Pune (http://www.unipune.ac.in)
Sinhgad College of Pharmacy, Pune (http://www.sinhgad.edu/Sinhgad-Institutes-Pharmacy)
Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy, Bangalore (http://www.alameenpharmacy.edu)
Amity Institute of Pharmacy, Noida (http://www.amity.edu/aip)
Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi (http://aims.amrita.edu/school-of-pharmacy)
B.N.P.G.College of Pharmacy, Udaipur (http://www.bnpharma.org)
Department of Pharmacy, Madras Medical College (http://www.mmc.tn.gov.in)
NIPER, Mohali (http://www.niper.ac.in)
JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty (http://www.jsscpooty.org)
GITAM Institute of Pharmacy, Vishakapatnam (http://www.gitam.edu)
Birla Institute of Technlogy & Science, Pilani (http://www.bits-pilani.ac.in)
A qualified Pharmacist can get employment opportunities in following areas. :
Glenmark Pharmaceutical Ltd
Johnson and Johnson
Dr.Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.
Procter & Gamble
Jubilant Life sciences
All the students, teachers and guardians should note that the above mentioned websites and information on various colleges / universities may change under the rules and regulations of the education department.