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Career Options

Health care is one of the most vital functions in the society and hence the development, manufacturing & distribution of medicines play an important role in it.

Pharmacy is the art & Science of preparing and dispensing medications and the provision of drug related information to the public. Pharmacists are educated & trained personnel in the field who make and dispense drugs and provide valuable drug information as a member of health care team.

Scientific advances in medicine have been a blessing since all the treatments & methods for prevention of diseases are now widely available. The daily discovery of more & more new drugs & drug treatment options have created bigger demands for Pharmacists, who can eventually work together with Physicians & other healthcare practitioners on the proper use of new drugs and formulations and have emerged out to be the global leaders. The new role in slowly emerging out in the Indian scenario and will open the flood gates of many new opportunities in near future.

India has a vast & growing Pharmaceutical industry and with the implementation of the WTO proposals on intellectual property rights, Indian companies will have to increase their focus on, Research & Development of new medicines. Indian companies have also started exporting bulk drugs & Pharmaceuticals to both developed and developing nations.

On the other hand Indian Population is ever increasing & is still laggard in the field of health care with basic health care not readily available to all. All these factors indicate that Indian health care industry has a long way to go and Pharmacists have to play a vital role in it. In the coming years there will be increasing demand of qualified Pharmacists in all sectors related to industry & health care like, research & development, manufacturing pharmacy, marketing management & Hospital & community pharmacy.

The numerous career opportunities available in Pharmaceutical Sciences are as under;

  • Industrial Pharmacy
    Working for Pharmaceutical companies can be highly rewarding and professionally satisfying. Various opportunities for employment in the industry could be as follows.
    • Pharmaceutical Marketing
      Multinational & indigenous drug companies employ Pharmaceutical graduates for promoting their products. Success in this career depends upon personality, communication skills; relationship with Doctors and other health care team members. Many pharmacy graduates opt for this career path in accordance with their needs and skills.
    • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
      B. Pharm. graduates are employed in Pharmaceutical production of tablets/capsules, liquid orals, ointments and suppositories or in the production of injections and eye drops. After an apprenticeship period of 18 months they are approved as manufacturing chemists as per the Drugs and Cosmetics act 1945.
    • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
      The drugs are required to be safe, effective and of good quality. Quality of the drug is built in by Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Finished dosage forms are analyzed according to Pharmacopoeial or other procedures to ensure that they confirm to established quality standards. This is an upcoming area and large scale Pharmaceutical industries have separate Quality Assurance Departments which are responsible for total quality control. This is an interesting and a good opportunity for pharmacy graduates & post graduates.
    • Research & Development
      Discovering of new drugs, new dosage forms, new procedures for manufacturing, discovering new chemical utilities, finding new usage for existing drugs or developing new analytical methodology are some of the activities, performed by the Research and Development department. M. Pharm., or PhD’s. are employed for this purpose.
  • Hospital & Community Pharmacy
    This is the career opportunity for most D. Pharm. and B. Pharm. Graduates
    • Hospital Pharmacy
      In the hospital environment the pharmacist is involved in providing drugs for out-door patients and for supply of drugs to in-patients in wards. Interaction with patients, nurses and doctors is often necessary to give drug related information on its proper use, dosage, interactions, contra indications and side effects. Economic purchase of drugs and proper storage is a vital component of a hospital pharmacist's job.
    • Retail Pharmacy
      Provision of Pharmacy services at retail counters is the professional service of a pharmacist. The pharmacist is involved in purchasing, storing and proper dispensing of medicines in the community/retail pharmacy.
    • Opportunities in the Government sector
      Central and state governments employ pharmacists as drug inspector for licensing and control of sales premises as well as approval and licensing of manufacturing premises. Continuous monitoring of sale and manufacturing premises is done by drug inspectors. Drugs analysts are also employed by the government in various laboratories to perform analysis of drug samples. There are other various opportunities like Defence services, Air force, Railways & other organizations where Pharmacists are employed.
  • Teaching/Academics
    With the continuous expansion of Pharmacy education, there is an increasing need for qualified teachers. The teachers are required for Diploma institutions in Pharmacy as well as for institutions providing B. Pharm and M. Pharm. courses. B.Pharm with 3 years experience is elligble to be a Asstt. Prof. in a polytechnic/Diploma institutions, while as M.Pharm is the minimum qualification for the post of Asstt. Prof. in Degree institutions.
  • Higher Studies Abroad
    Increasingly large number of B. Pharm. and M. Pharm. graduates proceed to USA, Canada and European countries for further education. Many students obtain research/ teaching assistantship to partially pay for foreign education by passing GRE/TOEFL and other examinations.
  • Self Employment or Business
    Graduates in Pharmacy with entrepreneurial skill can start manufacturing units as well as testing laboratories. Some pharmacists can become consultants and provide expertise for setting of new pharmaceutical units and solving of formulation and other problems.
  • Pharmaceutical Journalism
    Pharmacy graduates with excellent communications skills have started magazines, journals and newspapers providing information about developments in the field of Pharmacy and medicine.
  • Regulatory Authorities
    The pharmacists can take up jobs in the regulatory affairs department of various medium and large scale pharmaceutical industries. Currently this is a new emerging field with many opportunities.
  • Clinical Research
    The Pharmacists can be a member of clinical research team in hospitals and other institutions. There is vast growth in this sector due to the emergence of CRO’s and MNC’s in our country.
  • Opportunities in allied Careers after B. Pharm.
    B. Pharm graduates can opt for newer opportunities in allied fields using B. Pharm as a basic degree.
    • B. Pharm + M.Tech/M.Sc. in Biotechnology.
    • B. Pharm + MBA in Pharmaceutical marketing or other fields.
    • . B.Pharm + LLB/LLM. To enter into new fields of Intellectual Property rights and eventually Patent attorneys for which there is going to be a great demand in future.