“With the increasing number of life saving
drugs and techniques, the demand for skilled pharmacy professionals is sky
From times immemorial pharmacy
has been a subject of medicines, herbals, drugs and therapeutic substances
administered for the relief or cure of disease or disorders in human beings or
animals. The person who possesses an in-depth knowledge of this subject is none
other than a pharmacist, making him an important member n the healthcare team.
Since several decades
Intermediate Mathematics students who secured best rank in EAMCET examination
choose Engineering courses with Computer Sciences specialization, while those
with Biological Sciences background prefer medicine or Dental courses. Now
B.pharm course has emerged as one of the most favourite choice for Intermediate
students with Mathematics as well as Biological sciences background. In fact
B.Pharm is the only course that admits students from both
Gone are the days when
“Pharmacist” used to be dismissed as a “Compounder”. The Pharmacists today is a
“Drug Expert”. With the increasing number of life saving drugs and new methods
and techniques of manufacture and analysis of drugs, the demand for skilled pharmacy
professionals is sky rocketing.
Pharmacy profession is an
evergreen profession. At one time a degree in pharmacy was considered as
passport for Job and visa to foreign countries. But today it has even grown
beyond that. Traditional pursuits such as community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy
and consultant practices continue to offer many professional rewards for
pharmacists, but increasingly pharmacists are seeking careers in the pharma
The pharma Industry in India
has achieved spectacular growth since independence. The output has increased
several hundred folds. From a production of mere Rs. 10 crore in 1950, it has
crossed the Rs.50,000 crore mark in 2006-07. the annual growth of pharma industry in India
is about 15%.
is slowly emerging on its own strength to become a global player in healthcare.
Further Andhra Pradesh is the leader in Bulk drug production and drug
formulation. Pharma giants like Dr.Reddy’s Hetero Drugs, NATCO Pharma,
Aurobindo Pharma, Matrix, Granules India, Divis, Santha Biotech, Bharath
Biotech, Biological E, Virchow Labs, Suven Pharma, Gland Pharma, Srk Krishna
Drugs, GVK Biosciences, VVS Chemicals, Medirich Labs etc., are situated at Hyderabad.
Therefore the job opportunities for pharmacy graduates are more in Andhra
Pradesh than anywhere else.
n pharma Industry, a B.Pharm
graduate can take up a position in the areas of Manufacture, Quality Control, Assurance,
Regulatory Affairs, Formulation, R & D, In-process control, Warehouse etc.
Many of the pharmacy professionals, who join as chemists in pharma industry can
rise to the positions of Vice-President, Director etc., in due course of time.
A pharmacist with managerial skills may also take up suitable positions in the
areas of management.
During next 5 years at least 50
major drugs worth of about $60 billion will see the expiry of parent protection
Indian Pharma companies are now looking towards regulated markets for making
their generics and to catch lion’s share in the said markets. The main
constraint is the non-availability of trained pharmacy professionals. Thus next
decade is considered as golden era for pharmacy profession.
Central and state Government
appoint Drug Inspectors for implementation of Drugs and Cosmetics Act and other
related Acts and Rules. Manufacture, sale, distribution and import of drugs and
cosmetics and regulated in accordance with the Drug and Cosmetics Act.
Implementation, enforcement of this Act & Rules require a host of Drug
Inspectors, Drug Controllers and other regulatory officials. A pharmacy
graduate alone is eligible to become Drug Inspector.
In view of Dr.Mashelkar’s report
on the menace of spurious drugs, the drugs control machinery at the Centre as
well as at the state levels are likely to be expanded very soon and several
thousands of Drug Inspectors posts are in the offering.
To test the drugs and cosmetics
picked up for analysis for the Drug Inspectors and drug control officials, at
least one Drug Testing Laboratory is attached to every state Drugs Control
Department. A pharmacy graduate is the
most preferred person to take up the job as junior analyst in the said
Hospital or Clinical
A pharmacist in a hospital
provides non-conventional pharmaceutical care that includes drug information,
patient counseling , patient medication, adverse drug reaction monitoring,
medication chart monitoring etc.,Hence
a clinical pharmacist is an integral part of the healthcare team in a hospital.
Several foreign clinical research
organizations have already started their operations in India
and many more are in pipeline. According to reliable estimates about 50000
clinical pharmacists are required in next few years.
we very often refer community pharmacy as Retails Pharmacy. In U.S.A.
and other European countries more than 70% pharmacy graduates work in community
pharmacies or drug stores. The pharmacist in a drug store is involved in
planning, procuring and dispensing of drugs in addition to patients counseling.
It is interesting to note that a considerable percentage of Drug stores in the
U.S.A are now owned by Indian Pharmacy graduates especially by pharmacists from
Andhra Pradesh. In India
also many reputed Indian companies and few multinationals have started chain of
Pharma Research and Development
is another exciting area. Many Indian pharma companies like Dr.Reddy’s NATCO Pharma, Hetero Drugs, Aurabindo Pharma,
Ranbaxy, Cipla, Cadilla, Divis, Santha Biotech, Lupin, Matrix, Wockhardt,
Suven, Nectar,Glenmark, Virchow, Bharat
Biotech, Gland Pharma, Sun Pharma etc., having excellent R & D facilities.
Several thousands of qualified pharmacists are required to fulfil the needs of
Indian pharma R & D. Further several multinational are planning to start
their own R&D Centres in India.
Career in the field of
pharmaceutical education is one of the most important facets of pharmacy, which
combine teaching with research and sometimes with administrative activities.
Pharmacy graduate are eligible to teach in Diploma in pharmacy colleges whereas
M.Pharm qualification is very much essential to teach B.Pharm students.
Establishment of a new pharma Industry
is another challenging area. Pharma Industry is one of the faster growing
Industries in India.
Young, enthusiastic and experienced pharmacists can make a mark with their
entrepreneurial skills and establish their own pharma Industries. Most of the present-day
reputed gigantic pharma industries in India
were once started with very modest beginning by dynamic young Indian
A young pharmacist with pleasing
personality, good communication skills and impressive behavior may take up a
career in drug marketing. Many Indian Pharma companies prefer pharmacy
graduates while in certain countries it is mandatory that all the Pharma sales
personnel must be pharmacy graduates. Experienced pharmacists, who are well
versed with regulatory requirements of foreign countries can also enter into
A pharmacy graduate has ample
opportunities in USA
and other developed countries. To pursue further education in USA,
Canada etc., B.Pharm is the course of choice. To study in USA
one has to appear for GRE(Graduate Record Examination) and TOEFL (Test of
English as Foreign Language). Several foreign universities offer studentships
and financial assistance to many foreign students, who pursue post-graduation.
Those who intend to enter into community pharmacy have to pass Pharmacy
equivalence examinations like NAPLEX and FPGEE.
A pharmacy graduate may opt for
working in a Drug Testing Laboratory or he himself can start his own Approved
Drug Testing Laboratory. In Andhra Pradesh there are several reputed approved
Drug Testing Laboratories like SIPRA Labs, Vimta Labs, Chemi Labs, Rite Aid
Labs, PRK Pharma analyst, ASHCO analytical Services, Star Chem Labs, Tina Labs,
Sri Chem Labs etc.,
There are several opportunities
for a pharmacy graduate in pharma Journalism too. A pharmacist can also serve
as Technical Advisor or consultant for
project funding agencies like WHO, World Bank, Nationalized banks, Financial
Thus pharmacy course assures a
very bright future with better prospectus. Hence a four-year B.Pharm course is
more demanding and more rewarding.
Details of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Education is regulated
and controlled by pharmacy Council of India (PCI) and All India
Council of Technical Education (AICTE). There are 690 pharmacy colleges in India
with an annual intake of 37,800 students. In Andhra Pradesh there are 112
pharmacy colleges with an annual in take of 6215 students.
A student selected by EAMCET
counseling has to pay a fee of Rs.26000/- per year whereas fee payable by
students under management quota is Rs.79000/- per year.
Good faculty and committed
management are the basic minimum requirements in addition to the good
infrastructure for imparting quality education. Therefore students are advised
to verify the credentials of the Institute before they decide to join in the
same. Students are also advised to verity whether the college is recognized by
PCI or not. Further students should also verify the minority status of the
college before they take up admission. In AP there are 18 Christian minority
pharmacy colleges with 1080 seats and 9 Muslim minority colleges with 442 seats
and one sikh minority college with 60 intake.
It is heartening to note that
pharmacy education is keeping pace with increase in the demand for pharmacy
professionals. Anther exciting development of late is setting up of institutes
by popular pharma Industries like NATCO pharma for imparting professionally
advanced pharmaceutical education to bridge the gap between industry and academy
and to ensure that our pharmacists rise to the level of future global leaders.
Hence a career in pharmacy unfolds and opens multiple avenues to the dreamland