Very simply, Pharmacy is defined as the science about the preparation and dispensing drugs. In General English, the pharmacist is known as Chemists or druggists. In the beginning of 6th Century BC, an Indian sage namely Suśruta made an Aurvedic medical prop known as ‘Sushruta Samhita’ Further years after that, the researchers from Egypt, China, Japan and Latin American countries started researching on pharmacy and later they comes up with advance-level drugs to cure various diseases including contagious disease. The first pharmacy store for the General public was first started in 1241 Europe in during the ruling time of Frederic II. Now, across the globe, there are too many pharmacy shops are working under the guidance of an apex body of that province. Last year, the global growth of Pharmacy industry was 21.1% which is 5% higher than the previous year status tracked on last year this time.
Based on the type of the job, pharmacists are divided into three
- Community pharmacist: A pharmacist who working in a General Medicine supplying shop.
- Hospital Pharmacist: A pharmacist who is working in a dispensary of a hospital, where he supplying medicines to the needed ones on the basis of the instructions suggested by a doctor/ head of the department.
- Industry Pharmacist: A pharmacist who is working in a pharmaceutical industry as a production supervisor, researcher is commonly known as Industrial Pharmacist. The remuneration of the Industrial pharmacist is comparatively higher than the pharmacist working in a dispensary.
‘B-Pharma or Bachelor of Pharmacy’ is the basic course for candidates who wish to become pharmacist. A candidate who is enrolling in the B-Pharma course have to study subjects like microbiology, , pharmacognosy, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacy law, physiology, compounding of medications, nephrology and drug delivery. In India, the Pharmacy council of India is the organizer of B. Pharm course. It is a three year program and the exam is conducting annually once in a year. Candidates who passed in HSE or equivalent and studied science subject with a minimum of 50% marks are eligible to appear for the program.
“PCI as a pharmacy educationist regulatory body has realized the need to strengthen and upgrade the pharmacy curriculum to produce competent pharmacist workforce which is able to meet the growing demands of the industry and community”-Said PCI in a Statement.
Below, we are showing you a list of leading Pharmacy Institutes that are affiliated to Pharmacy Council of India (PCI).
Salary of Pharmacist
According to the report of payscale, the average paid salary of a 20 year experience pharmacist is Rs 191,342 per year in year 2014. The report also says ‘This pay scale can be altered if the candidate has good skills and the position in he/she served in the past company.’ Meanwhile, the salary of a fresher level pharmacist may get around Rs. 2.5 la to Rs. 3.00 La.
The candidates who were completed Bachelor’s in Pharmacy (B.Pharm) can find a career in the following domains-
- Pharmacist prescriber
- Industrial pharmacist
- Academic pharmacist (Instructor)
- Consultant pharmacist
- Drug information pharmacist
- Managed care pharmacist
- Veterinary pharmacist
- Research officer
- Medical Representative
Top Eight Pharmacy Institutes in India
Name of the college: AR College and GH Patel Instt of Pharmacy, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Name of the College: Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Pharmacy, Navi Mumbai
Name of the Institute: BK Mody Government Pharmacy College, Rajkot
Name of the institute: College of Pharmaceutical Science, Thiruvananthapuram
Name Of the institute: College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Andhra University
Name Of the institute: College of Pharmaceutical Science, Mohud, Berhampur
Name Of the institute: Department of Pharmacy, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu
Name Of the institute: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dibrugarh