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Best career option after Completing D. Pharm in India
d. pharm career Options in India

“Pharmacy is the science of preparing and dispensing drugs. This science uses principles of health sciences, biology and chemical sciences to create and dispense pharmaceutical drugs.”

The science and practice of preparing and dispensing medicines is known as pharmacy. It involves ensuring the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical drugs.

As the Indian manufactured drugs or medicines are affordable and effective, more and more developing countries are opting for them and there is no doubt that the pharmacy sector will continue to flourish for a very long time This has raised the requirement for qualified professionals in the field of pharmacy which, in turn, has increased the demand for pharmacy courses among students. Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who practice in the field of pharmacy. Pharmacists are medication experts, educators, councilor and friends- all in one! They should not just be qualified in their professional expertise but should also possess good communication skills to maintain healthy relationships with their patients. They are knowledgeable about drug therapy, different types of drugs (their composition, manufacturing process and properties) and optimum use of drugs (depending upon the condition of the patient). Their main tasks include- compounding, checking prescriptions, dispensing drugs, advice dosage and directions to patients and checking and maintaining the drug store inventory (at hospitals, clinics or drug stores).

What is D. Pharm?

Diploma in Pharmacy program is a Diploma certificate course. It is well known by the short names of D. Pharm. Diploma in Pharmacy (D. Pharm) is a career-oriented, 2-year long diploma course that aims to prepare candidates to work under a licensed pharmacist in hospitals, pharmacies, etc. Diploma in Pharmacy is the minimum qualification required to practice or work as a pharmacist in India.

Best colleges offering D. Pharm course in India

College Name

City

Lloyd Institute of Management and Technology

Greater Noida, UP

Jamia Hamdard University

New Delhi

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research

Mohali, Punjab

Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Manipal

KLE College of Pharmacy

Hubli

Birla Institute of Technology

Ranchi

JSS College of Pharmacy

Mysore

Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya-Sagar

Madhya Pradesh

University College of Pharmaceutical Science, Kakatiya University

Warangal

Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research

New Delhi

Bombay College of Pharmacy

Mumbai

Eligibility criteria: 10+2 passed with Science stream subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Maths) from a recognized board is the minimum educational qualification required (in some institutes, PCB subjects are mandatory). Minimum aggregate marks required may vary from one institute to another. It could be anywhere between 45-60% marks (in main science subjects).

After completion of the course, successful candidates will get Diploma certificate from the University/Institute. Candidates are trained in all the basic concepts of pharmaceutical science like: Dispensing and compounding of medicines, accurate record keeping as required under Food and Drug Act, accurate and safe processing of prescriptions, pharmacy software practice, third-party billing, inventory control, Purchasing, Merchandising and Inventory control, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence (laws regulating the profession of pharmacy), Computer processing, Patient provider relationships, verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills etc. so they must be accurate in their work, diplomatic in their attitude and should have the ability to multitask. D.Pharm candidates should also be well-versed in industry ethics as well

CAREER PROSPECTS AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

India is a big country by population of around 130 crores, and there is huge requirement of medicines. Due to the opening of many large and multinational pharmaceutical companies, the future in the field of pharmacy is too bright. Therefore career, scope and job opportunities in Pharmacy field are huge. Diverse job opportunities are available for D.Pharm candidates. Government and private sector job opportunities are available for them.

One can work in chemist shops or retail stores of medicines. After registering with the State Pharmacy Council, D Pharm certificate holders may even start their own private drug store or chemist shop and sell medicines as per doctor’s prescription. To thrive in such a venture, one must have access to decent financial resources and entrepreneurship skills. He can start his own wholesale business or open his own surgical items shop. D. Pharm candidates may start practicing as pharmacists in India. Pharmacist can practice in community pharmacies, where he can choose to become a community pharmacist after the completion of the course. His job will be to distribute and dispense medicines. He will be working under ethical and legal guidelines while ensuring that safe and correct medicines are supplied to the general public. As a community pharmacist, he will be facing the customers directly while giving them advice and information about their general health. He will be selling OTC and prescription medicines to patients and inform them about the use and dosage.

Apart from Community pharmacies D.Pharm candidates can work in hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and regulatory agencies. They may work at drug stores in Government hospitals, private hospitals or private drug stores. In such a work setup, they usually check prescriptions (made by the Doctor), dispense drugs to patients, give them advice & directions, keep stock of drugs in storage, keep accounts and maintain the inventory.

Pharmaceutical companies are also known to hire D Pharm candidates. In this sector, they may work at various divisions like- manufacturing, process control, quality control and marketing. Talking about marketing sector, one may work for firms involved in pharmaceutical products marketing. Sales and marketing job is a big sector where pharmaceutical companies hire maximum number of Pharmacist, where the pharmacist works as a Medical representative. The number of jobs available in the sales and marketing sector are plenty. The salary structure is also decent. More importantly, on good performances, the incentives are really lucrative. The job is challenging of course, but rewarding as well. They have to travel a lot, and they do get chances to travel to new places in India and abroad. The pressure of achieving targets is obviously there, but, more often than not, the targets are pretty achievable. D.Pharm candidate can also get the franchisees of top medicine supplier such as APOLLO Pharmacy, Gurdian Pharmacy etc.

Other than working right after completing D Pharm course, one may also go for further studies (B Pharm, Pharm D, M.Pharm. etc). In case he has already done D.Pharm he can directly apply for 2nd year of B. Pharm. Thereafter, he can also pursue postgraduate degrees. After completing Master’s level course, one may take up the job of a lecturer/tutor/instructor at relevant pharmacy college, institutes or university. Completing advanced course like PhD will help one build a career in the R&D (Research and Development) sector associated with the field of pharmacy. Another interesting future for your career can be degree in Law after D. Pharm. Many pharmaceutical companies hire Litigation and IPR (Intellectual property) lawyers. In general there are various post available for Pharmacist in India. Indian Pharmacist can work in various departments as Consultant Pharmacists, Clinical Pharmacist, Dispensary Manager, Dispensary Pharmacist, Community Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacist, Medicines Safety Manager, Medicines Management Technician, Pharmacy Assistant, Senior Clinical Pharmacists and so on.

Salary :- The pay package depends upon the qualification and experience of the candidate. In India, the starting salary of a D.Pharm candidate ranges from range from Rs. 15000/- to Rs. 25,000 a month, but a lot also depends upon your merit, interpersonal skills, profile of the employer, your job profile and job location. Those, owning their own medicine shop will be able to make more.

Author

Dr. Khursheed Alam

(Professor)