Pharmacy is not just about a drugstore. For those who study pharmacy can also choose research and development of medicine as a career option.
A drug/medicine before being prescribed by a doctor has to undergo tests and approvals. It is tested in a lab, studied for dosage and side effects, only then prescription guidelines are formed. The medicines then undergo clinical trials and only when after studying all the possible effects of the medicine, it is introduced in the market. Pharmacists are a part of the entire process. They are also responsible for introducing a new drug/ medicine to various medical practitioners.
The role of pharmacist does not end here. They study and keep track of all medicines and products with market surveys by connecting with a medical practitioner and distributors for any side effects, reactions and allergies, etc. Although, before distribution in a market the medicines are tested in labs because of the complexity and diversity of human beings, different outcomes from the same medicine can occur, therefore, a pharmacy practitioner has to research and develop medicines and prescriptions at multitudes. Pharmacy basically includes everything related to your wellness right from the food you consume to the cosmetics, lifestyle products, health and chemical products that you use.
Looking at the scope of Pharmacy in the healthcare industry, a survey report called ‘Pharmacy at a glance 2015-2017 by International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), community pharmacy is the largest contributor with 75.1 per cent registered pharmacists employed followed by hospital pharmacy with 13.2 per cent. The services provided by pharmacy practitioners include:
Improving the use of medicines:
Reviewing medicines, medicines for hypertension management, directly observed treatments, short courses based medicines, medication reconciliation and new drug development.
This includes compounding medicines (based on prescriptions by medical practitioners) and assembling expired medicines from a market.
Public health services:
This includes promoting health initiatives, vaccinations, health camps and other health-related awareness.
World Health Organization (WHO) in India is aiming to strengthen the pharmaceutical sector, including drug regulations, volume and trade, to facilitate the pharmaceuticals in becoming crucial for India’s growth. The WHO in close association with the Government of India controls the strengths and collaborations for improving the pharmaceutical sector.
For making WHO 2030 Sustainable Development agenda a success, access to medicines is a critical factor. Thus, WHO India’s key strategy is to strengthen the Regulatory system that can help access to quality, safe, effective and inexpensive medical products in an unbiased manner.
Moreover, WHO India is also effectively working on establishing pharmacovigilance systems by integrating public health programmes, promoting rational drug use initiatives for a medical product in accordance with National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance as well as strengthening procurement and supply chain management.
Pharmacy Eligibility Criteria
Pharmacy is offered at different levels and to get admission in any of the Pharma courses, candidates need to fulfill the required eligibility criteria for the particular course. Check below eligibility criteria for Pharmacy courses:
Bachelor in Pharmacy (B. Pharm): Candidates must have completed their higher education from national- or state-level education board. They must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology and English subjects.
Master of Pharmacy (M. Pharm): Candidates who have completed B. Pharm degree with minimum qualifying marks as required from a pharmacy college as approved by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI).
- Duration: 4 Year
- Language: English
- Location: Shivam Pharmaceutical Studies and Research Center
- Prerequisites: No
- Course Capacity: 60
- Certificate: Yes