What after Pharm D?
Naureen Gurung, 22 Jan 2019
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About a decade ago, Pharmacy graduates/ postgraduates did not have many career options. However, the Government of India and the Pharmacy Council of India introduced Pharm D in 2008, the pharmacy sector in India flourished. Subsequently, the scope for Pharmacy students has increased to meet the neverending demand in the healthcare industry. Thus, this article aims to answer the most frequently asked question which was left unanswered in the yesteryears- “What after Pharm D?” Pharmacovigilance, clinical data management, medical underwriting, drug inspection, etc. are some of the Pharmacy job options for qualified students. Some of the top institutes in India that provide Pharm D admission are Jamia Hamdard University, NIPER- Mohali, KLE College of Pharmacy, etc. According to the Pharm D eligibility criteria, candidates must have passed class XII (PCB/ PCM) with at least 60% marks overall. Some state level entrance exams for Pharm D may have varying eligibility requirements. Read on to get more scoop on what after Pharm D can be pursued by qualified candidates.

What is Pharm D?

Before coming to the ‘What after Pharm D?’ dilemma, let us understand what is Pharm D.

A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) is a professional doctoral degree course of 6 years. It is a prerequisite for PhD aspirants. The entire Pharm D course includes 5 years of classroom lessons and 1 year of internship/ residency during which students are trained in pharmaceutics, clinical research, medicinal biochemistry, etc. To be eligible for Pharm D, a candidate must have passed class XII with PCB/ PCM, D. Pharm or any other qualification approved by the Pharmacy Council of India.

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Job Options after Pharm D

To clear the air about ‘What after Pharm D?’, given below are some of the lucrative Pharmacy career options for the students:

  • Clinical Pharmacist: The job profile requires direct patient care thus, promoting optimized medication, healthcare, wellness and disease prevention. A clinical pharmacist must be an expert in the therapeutic use of medicine as they need to advise their patients about using the medicines correctly and safely. Depending on their expertise, clinical pharmacists can earn up to Rs. 3,00,000-5,00,000 annually.

  • Drug Inspector: Drug inspectors are in charge of keeping tabs on the duplicity and piracy of drugs. It is their duty to even check if any illegal work is going on in chemist shops and pharmaceutical companies. Since dealing in illegal drugs can be harmful for the consumers, drug inspectors make sure that appropriate action is taken to curb such actions. A drug inspector’s salary ranges from Rs. 3,50,000-6,00,000 annually.

  • Analytical Chemist: To become an analytical chemist, the individual must be well versed in bioanalysis, forensic science, environmental analysis, clinical analysis, and materials analysis. Their job is to study the test the chemical composition and behaviours of many different salts. An analytical chemist earns around Rs. 2,50,000-5,00,000 per year.

  • Retail Pharmacist: Commonly seen around us, a retail pharmacist provides healthcare advice and supplies prescription and non-prescription medication to the consumers. Retail pharmacists are mostly recruited by independent pharmacies, pharmacy chains, etc. Their salary may vary from Rs. 2,00,000-4,00,000 annually.

  • Medical Writer: A medical writer writes scientific documents on drugs and/ or diseases according to their research. Their writings may involve publication articles, promotional literature, content for healthcare websites, magazines or news articles. A medical writer must be up to date with the advancements in medicine and healthcare. Depending on their expertise, a medical writer can earn around Rs. 3,50,000 annually.

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