Whenever we talk about pharmacy, a picture of a chemist standing on the other side of the counter delivering medicines usually crops up in one’s mind! Pharmacy is just not that! What we are known to is retail pharmacy and this is just one aspect of the entire pharmacy sector. Pharmacy has a lot to offer than what just meets the eye. Never think that pharmacy is just a fall back option if one couldn’t get through a medical college of their choice. With the need to make modern medicines more effective and medical complexities increasing with each passing day, this otherwise alternative option of pharmacy is gaining increasing importance.
Aspirants who wish to work towards a high-flying career in pharmacy must have a scientific bent of mind, inquisitiveness to work towards experimenting & developing newer drugs and a capacity for an original thought process. Spirit to work in big teams, patience and a knack for accuracy and precision goes without saying. Scientific aptitude coupled with high degree of concentration levels can help bring out the best in the candidate.
Aspirants can pursue either a degree or a diploma program in pharmacy. After completing class XII with science stream, pharmacy aspirants have to then qualify an entrance exam to gain admission into B.Pharm., that is basically a four year bachelor degree course in pharmacy. After completing B.Pharm., pharmacy graduates can further pursue a two years masters’ course in pharmacy i.e. M.Pharm. Also there are various diploma courses in pharmacy that usually span for a period of 1-2 years.
List of Institutes for undergrad and post-grad courses in Pharmacy
|University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University||www.uips.puchd.ac.in|
|Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal||www.crra.manipal.edu|
|Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai||www.bcpindia.org|
|JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty||www.jsscpooty.org|
- Retail pharmacy: Over the counters chemists usually fall under the category of retail pharmacists. This is a never dying career opportunity, in at least a country like India. With doctor to patient ratio being extremely low and dearth of quality low cost government-aided medical treatment available in the country, large populations not always but often rely on the medicines prescribed by the chemists.
- Clinical pharmacy: Clinical pharmacists work either in drug manufacturing or pharmaceutical companies to help develop newer and more effective drugs for prevention and early cure of diseases.
- Nuclear pharmacy: They are involved in delivering and providing the radioactive material to hospitals and private digital imaging centers. This radioactive material is then used in MRI, CT scan, X-ray, and other medical procedures. It takes great care to deliver such radioactive material; hence trained pharmacists are involved in this process.
Apart from the above mentioned areas, pharmacists also work in the areas of medical sales, medical writing, pharmaceutical benefit management etc.
Salaries for fresh graduates in the field of pharmacy usually range within Rs 8,000 – Rs 15,000. Salary also depends on the performance of the students. Aspirants who have completed M.Pharm can command a salary of around Rs. 3 to 6 lakh per annum.