Medicines worth crores are manufactured in our country, of which many are exported, and the rest are consumed in increasingy large quantities by people from all walks of life. Though ayurveda and homeopathy have a niche of their own, the bulk of the consumption of medicines is of allopathic drugs. These medicines have to be manufactured under very stringent quality control, and even their dispensation has to be done under the supervision of qualified personnel, since medicines can save and destroy lives.
Also, pharmaceuticals is one area in which our country has done a great deal of indigenous research, and many government and private companies are involved in development of newer and better medicines for various ailments.
All these activities require pharmacists, persons who have studied the origin and chemistry of drugs, their preparation and their dosages, and the methodology of their dispensation and use. The demand for pharmacists is steadily growing as medical science takes strides forward and more and more people are becoming health conscious, and willing to spend money to buy medicines for keeping up their health. The pharmacist play an important role since on his expertise depend lives of patients and their recovery.
ENTRY: Pharmacists are trained at two basic levels – those who complete their 10+2 with PCMB optionals are eligible to join a B. Pharm. course which is of four year duration in most universities, and available almost all over the country. At a lower level, those having completed their 10th (SSLC) can join a three year Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm.) course. The first one opens the doors to a better starting job, or to pursue a master’s degree and specialize further.
Persons with B.Pharm. and above work in pharmaceutical companies in production, product marketing, quality control, research, etc. They are also employed by large hospitals and research centres. There is a demand for pharmacists in western countries also, and many Indians have done well in this field abroad.
Diploma holders are employed in the above organizations at a lower level, and they also find vast avenues of employment in pharmacies and medical shops, for whom it is compulsory by law to employ a pharmacist. The Pharmacy Council of India regulates the educational institutions offering pharmacy courses, as well as the individual pharmacists who need to be registered with it. With almost three hundred colleges now functioning in the country, admission is not very difficult as it used to be earlier, but demand also has reduced proportionately.
APTITUDE: A pharmacist needs to be good in chemistry, have a scientific bent of mind, should have an eye for detail and meticulous accuracy, and his concentration powers should be good and sustained. Pharmacists may also need to have communication skills when dealing with patients, a certain amount of compassion and patience, and the ability to speak local languages.
THE FUTURE: Qualified graduate pharmacists can find employment in teaching, training, research, quality control, production and dispensation. Many of them with a flair for human interactions also get into the marketing, advertising or product development field. Promotions are reasonably smooth, particularly in large organizations and hospitals. In the past few years pharmaceutical companies in India have been doing exceedingly well, and efficient technical employees find rapid rise up the hierarchy. Those who go on to do M. Pharm. andPh.D. reach higher positions. Enterprising pharmacists have also set up their own manufacturing or consultancy units, and they find it very rewarding to work in the field of medicine along with the doctors and paramedical staff, since their work involves human life and health.
Dayananda Sagar College of Pharmacy
Shavige Malleshwara Hills
Bangalore – 560078
Phone: 91 80 6661104
Oxford Educational Institutions
1st Phase, J P Nagar,
Bangalore – 560078
Phone: 6630855, 6552500