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Pharmacy

Summary

Pharmacy is a science and technique of preparing, researching, and distributing medicinal drugs. A career in pharmacy will instruct you to work on preparing medicines, and recommend dosages that patients should receive so that they can recover from their illness and remain healthy. Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who are responsible for ensuring that people derive maximum therapeutic benefit from their medicinal treatment.

Career Opportunities in Pharmacy

  • Pharmaceutical Industry
    Pharmacists perform various tasks in the pharmaceutical industry. Such as developing, and manufacturing drugs, research & development, production & manufacturing, packaging, quality control, quality assurance, sales & marketing, and regulating affairs.
  • Practice Settings
    Pharmacists work as community pharmacists in a medical store, or pharmacy, or as a druggist. They may also explore options in a hospital pharmacy. Many pharmacists practice clinical pharmacy, contributing towards drug research, providing drug and poison information etc.
  • Education & Research
    You can work as college professor by writing UGC-NET examination and further pursue research in a wide range of areas.
  • Pharmacists in Other Settings
    Pharmacists can work in the Drug Control Department, Clinical Research Organizations (CRO’s) which can offer ample job opportunities for pharmacists in quality assurance, data management, bio-analytical services, and report writing etc.

How to Pursue a Career in Pharmacy

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Class XII with science stream Any combination from PCB/PCM/PCBMPursue Bachelors in Pharmacy (B.Pharm) for 3 yearsPursue Masters in Pharmacy (M.Pharm) for 2 years OR Pursue Doctor of Pharmacy (Post- Baccalaureate) for 6 yearsPursue PhD. In Pharmacy
Path 2
Class XII with science stream Any combination from PCB/PCM/PCBMPursue Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm) for 2 years You can get a lateral entry to Bachelors in Pharmacy (B.Pharm) 2nd year on the basis of merit. Pursue Doctor of Pharmacy (Post- Baccalaureate) for 6 years OR Pursue Masters in Pharmacy (M.Pharm) for 2 years if you have got later entry from Diploma to Bachelors in Pharmacy Pursue PhD. In Pharmacy
Path 3
Class XII with science stream Any combination from PCB/PCM/PCBMPursue Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) for 6 years --

Important Facts

  • Must have passed class 12th or Senior Secondary Examination with at least 50% marks including English

Leading Institutes

Top Pharmacy Institutes in India
College Location Website
Jamia Hamdard University Delhi www.jamiahamdard.edu/
Bundelkhand University Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh www.bujhansi.ac.in/index.aspx
MET Institute of Pharmacy Mumbai www.met.edu/Institutes/pharm/dpharm.asp
Delhi Institute of pharmaceutical Sciences and Research Delhi www.dipsar.ac.in/
Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences Manipal www.manipal.edu/mcops-manipal.html
University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences Chandigarh www.pharma.puchd.ac.in/
Bombay College of Pharmacy Mumbai www.bcp.edu.in/
VELS University Chennai www.velsuniv.ac.in/
Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University Mysore, Karnataka www.jssuni.edu.in/JSSWeb/WebHome.aspx
Smt. Sarojini Ramulamma College of Pharmacy Andhra Pradesh www.ssrcp.com/
Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Ranchi www.bitmesra.ac.in/
Jadavpur University Kolkata www.jaduniv.edu.in/
The Oxford College of Pharmacy Bangalore www.theoxford.edu/pharmacy/
PSG College of Pharmacy Coimbatore www.psgpharma.ac.in/
Top Pharmacy Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of Cambridge United Kingdom www.cam.ac.uk/
National University of Singapore Singapore www.nus.edu.sg/
Harvard University United States www.harvard.edu/
University of Oxford United Kingdom www.ox.ac.uk/
Imperial College, London United Kingdom www.imperial.ac.uk/
University of Melbourne Australia www.unimelb.edu.au/
University of Michigan United States www.umich.edu/
University of British Columbia Canada www.pharmacy.ubc.ca/

Pharmacy Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
NEET Jan-June Physics, Chemistry, Biology www.aipmt.nic.in/aipmt/Welcome.aspx
All India Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MU-OET) April-May Zoology, Botany, Chemistry www.manipal.edu/mu/admission/indian-students/online-entrance-exam-overview.html
Panjab University Common Entrance Test (P.U. CET) June-July Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology www.cetug.puchd.ac.in/
Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) Oct-Feb Physical Chemistry, Physical Pharmacy, Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Pathophysiology, Biopharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Pharmacy & Therapeutics, Anatomy, Physiology, Health Education, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Management, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence, Dispensing & Hospital Pharmacy. www.aicte-gpat.in/College/Index_New.aspx

Work Description

  • Pharmacists working in pharmaceutical industries contribute in developing, and manufacturing drugs.
  • They work across domains, such as in research & development, production & manufacturing, packaging, quality control, quality assurance, sales & marketing, and regulating affairs.
  • They can work as community pharmacists in a medical store, or pharmacy, or as a druggist.
  • Pharmacists in academia, may work as college faculties, teaching classes and performing research in a wide range of areas.
  • Pharmacists can work in quality assurance, data management, bio-analytical services, and report writing etc.

Pros & Cons of a Career in Pharmacy

Pros
  • As a Pharmaceutical researcher, you can research about new drugs, medicines, etc.
  • Pharmaceuticals sales and marketing is considered to be a highly technical arena and hence one of the best when it comes to perks.
  • Pharmacy graduates have important role and can earn attractive remuneration when they work as pharmacists in the hospital pharmacy.
Cons
  • Becoming a pharmacist requires years of training and experience.
  • The work environment varies according to the type of pharmacy. If you’re working in hospital pharmacy then it is open 24-Hour.
  • Often being associated with being a merchant and not a professional. 
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