Why Pharmacy studies
Why we study pharmacy?
Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing drugs. It is a health profession that links health sciences with chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs.
The scope of pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing medications, and it also includes more modern services related to health care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy, and providing drug information. Pharmacists, therefore, are the experts on drug therapy and are the primary health professionals who optimize use of medication for the benefit of the patients.
If you’re considering pharmacy as a career, congratulations! You’ve reached this point by realizing that you want a people-oriented profession that provides a reward in knowing that you have helped someone who is in need. The focus in pharmacy today is on the patient, determining their needs and what should be provided to best meet those needs.
As a pharmacy professional, you need to have excellent communication skills, the passion to make the patient “first”, and the ability to be responsible for your actions.
Graduates from accredited schools of pharmacy are able to prepare and dispense medication; consult with other healthcare professionals, provide medication therapy management, provide education, participate in clinical research and talk with patients about medications.
Pharmacy is a highly trusted profession and a vital part of the health care system. A pharmacy professional can have a direct impact on people’s lives and health. A career in pharmacy offers you diverse opportunities and excellent earning potential.
The ultimate goal of a pharmacy professional is to improve an individual’s quality of life. The study of pharmacy prepares you for such a life-long commitment.
Students who want to join the B.Pharma programme have to fulfil the given eligibility criteria:
- For admission to the Pharmacy courses, student must have passed class 12thwith Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics/Biology.
- Students have to secure a minimum of 50% marksin the qualifying examination.
- Students, those pass the three year Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm) are also eligible.
1.Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm
The D.Pharm is a foundation course in the pharmacy field for the duration of 3 years. This course covers the basic information related to the Pharmacy field. It comprises of all the subjects which are related to the pharmacy field.
2. Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm):
B.Pharm is an undergraduate degree course in the pharma field. The duration of this course is 4 years. After the completion of this course, an individual can practice as a Pharmacist or chemist.
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Pharmaceutical Maths & Biostatistics
- Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
3. Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm):
Master of Pharmacy or M.Pharm is a postgraduate degree course in Pharmacy after the completion of this course; the student can either work in a company or go for higher studies.
- GPAT(Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test)
- WBJEE Pharmacy(West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination...)
- UPSEE Pharmacy(Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination...)
- NMAT-P(SVKM’S Narsee Monjee Institute of Management...)
- OJEE Pharmacy(Odisha Joint Entrance Exam Pharmacy)
- AU AIMEE(Annamalai University All India Medical Entrance...)
- BCECE Medical(Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Entrance...)
- UP-CPMT(Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test)
- Punjab PMET(Punjab Pre Medical Entrance Test)
- Rajasthan Medical(Rajasthan Medical Admission)
- KLEU-AIET(KLE University All India Entrance Test)
- PUNJAB CET(Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar)
- BITSAT Degree(BITS Admission Test)
- NU PGET(NITTE University Post-Graduate Entrance Test...)
- AIPSSCET(All India PG Super Speciality Common Entrance...)
- NIPER JEE(National Institute of Pharmaceuticals Education...)
- BITS HD Pharmacy(Birla Institute Of Technology Higher...)
- MT CET Pharmacy(Maharashtra Pharmacy Common Entrance...)
- MAH-MPHCET(Maharashtra Master of Pharmacy Common entrance...)
- GAT UGTP(Gitam Admission Test)
- APPGECET Pharmacy(Andhra Pradesh Post Graduate Engine...)
- CENTAC JET Pharmacy(Government of Pondicherry Centralia...)
- GUJCET Pharmacy(Gujarat Common Entrance Test Pharmacy)
- OLET(Haryana State Counselling Society OLET)
- VYAPAM PEPT(Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination B...)
- TNPCEE(Tamilnadu Professional Courses Entrance Examination...)
- EAMCET Pharmacy(Engineering, Agriculture and Medical ...)
Famous Pharmacy alumni
Famous Pharmacist in India
- Dilip Shanghvi: Dilip Shanghvi is an Indian businessman and one of the country's richest people. He founded Sun Pharmaceuticals with a partner, Pradeep Ghosh. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.
- Cyrus Poonawalla: Cyrus S. Poonawalla is an Indian businessman, the chairman of Poonawalla Group, which includes Serum Institute of India, the Indian biotech company that manufactures paediatric vaccines.
- Pankaj Patel: Pankaj Ramanbhai Patel is an Indian businessman, the chairman and managing director of Cadila Healthcare, the fifth largest pharmaceutical company in India.
- Desh Bandhu Gupta: Desh Bandhu Gupta is an Indian businessman, the founder and chairman of Lupin Limited, a multinational pharmaceutical company.
- Yusuf Hamied: Yusuf Khwaja Hamied is a billionaire Indian scientist and businessman, the chairman of Cipla, a generic pharmaceuticals company founded by his father Khwaja Abdul Hamied in 1935.
- Habil Khorakiwala: Fakhruddin T. Khorakiwala was an Indian businessman and Sheriff of Mumbai. From 2000 until his death, he was the chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia.
- Murali Divi: Indian pharma magnate Murali Divi founded generics maker Divi's Laboratories 27 years ago in south India. Today, it is one of the world's largest producers of Naproxen, the ingredient in a popular anti-inflammatory drug.
- Anji Reddy:Kallam Anji Reddy(1 February 1939 – 15 March 2013) was an Indian entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical industry, the founder-chairman of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, which he established in 1984, and chairman of Dr Reddy's Foundation (DRF), the corporate social responsibility arm of the group, established 1996. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2001 and later with the Padmabhushan for his contribution to the Indian pharmaceutical industry. He was a member of the Indian Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry.
- Glenn Saldanha: Glenn Saldanha is the Chairman & Managing Director of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited. He joined Glenmark Pharmaceuticals in 1998 as Director and took over as Managing Director & CEO in 2001.
- Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is an Indian entrepreneur. She is the chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore, India and the chairperson of IIM-Bangalore.
Pharmacy placement trends
Present status of pharmacy education
Before 1980 there were only 11 universities and 26 colleges in India which offered pharmacy education at the bachelor's and master's levels and at least one government school in every state offered the D. Pharm. Since 1980, the pharmacy education in India has been developed very rapidly, due to the rapid growth in the world pharmaceutical industries, economic growth government policies in pharmacy education.
Various private institutions have joined in pharmacy education and about ten percent of the pharmacy students enrolled in these institutions till 2000. According to a report, in 2007 there were 854 institutions enrolled more than 52,000 students to B. Pharm. degree programme and 583 institutions that enrolled more than 34,000 students to the D. Pharm. degree programme.
At present, a large number of private institutions in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat have joined in the pharmacy education sector and have contribute a lot, and more than 90 percent of total pharmacy students have enrolled in these institutions. There are more than 1500 pharmacy institutes in India and about 40,000 pharmacy graduates passed every year.
Scope for employment
Pharmacists with a D. Pharm. degree have the opportunity to join a hospital (government or private) or community pharmacy (mostly private). The majority of diploma-trained pharmacists choose to work in government hospitals rather than private hospitals or pharmacies. They are also considered for placements in the pharmaceutical industry.
The pharmacists with a B. Pharm. degree normally get positions in production, quality control, and marketing sector. They also have the opportunity to be appointed to drug regulatory agencies or quality control laboratories by the state or central government. M. Pharm. degree holders in any discipline including an M. Pharm. in clinical pharmacy may join industries in any of the above positions.
Many M. Pharm. graduates entering the pharmaceutical industry choose positions in areas such as research, formulation development, and clinical trials. Additionally, they have the opportunity to work in the academic area, typically as researchers or faculty members. The demand for pharmacists is increasing due to the growth of the pharmaceutical industries. Pharmacists with a PhD mainly work in academia and in the research and development section of pharmaceutical industries.
Top Pharmacy Colleges in India
Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal
University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh
Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune
Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi
JSS College of Pharmacy, Ootacamund
JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysore
PSG College of Pharmacy, Coimbatore
L. M. College of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad
Al Ameen College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru
R. C. Patel Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research, Shirpur
H. K. E. S S Matoshree Taradevi Rampure Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gulbarga
University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Warangal
Chitkara College of Pharmacy, Rajpura
N.G.S.M.Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mangalore
School of Pharmacy, Solan
Raghavendra Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (RIPER), Anantapur
S.E.T’s College of Pharmacy, Dharwad
University Institute of Pharmacy, Raipur
Goa College of Pharmacy, Panaji
H. R. Patel Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Shirpur
Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Pharmacy, Kolhapur