As a pharmacist, you will advice your clients on the dosages and side effects of medications and ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs.
The basic duty of a pharmacist is to review, prepare and dispense drugs prescribed by doctors. They guide the patient to maximize the desired effects and minimize the adverse effects of the drugs.
Studying Physics, Chemistry and ideally Biology as the main subjects at the 10+2 level and securing a 50% score or more in these subjects would be a prerequisite for admission in to pharmacy courses.
Instead of Biology, the science stream with biotechnology or maths is also considered as an adequate eligibility for pharmacy courses.
The common course offered at the UG level in this field is B.Pharm.The duration of the course will be four academic years, with university examinations at the end of each year and the course also includes a one month internship/practical training and an industrial visit.
D.Pharm is a diploma program offered at the UG level in pharmacy. The duration of the course is two years. Those who completed a D.Pharm has a provision to taken lateral entry into the second year of a B.Pharm course.
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After 12th, you can also pursue Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D) a six year course, which includes five years of clinical and community-based theoretical study and one year internship in hospitals.
After completing B Pharm, you can go for M.Pharm, the post graduate degree in Pharmacy which is of two years duration.
Graduates of Pharmacy can pursue Pharm. D. (PB), which is a 3 year professional post-graduate course in the discipline of Pharmacy from an institute recognized by the Pharmacy Council of India.This program functions as a bridge between B.Pharm and regular Pharm.D by advancing professional skills and career options in clinical practice and research.
The minimum eligibility for Ph.D. is a Masters in Pharmacy. The duration of the program is a minimum of 3 years.
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Pharmacists should listen carefully to what patients say, and explain some important information to the general public and other healthcare professionals.
Pharmacists should have the ability to work with others in a multidisciplinary team, and should also have the ability to lead a team.
Pharmacists should be very accurate and must have meticulous attention to details. Even a small error can put a patient’s life at stake.
Pharmacists, especially those who run a retail pharmacy, must have good managerial skills, including the ability to manage inventory and supervise the staff.
Pharmacists need computer skills in order to use the electronic health record (EHR) systems that their organization might have adopted as all the information regarding patients and drugs are recorded in computers.
Pharmacists must provide safe medications efficiently. They should have an extensive knowledge of the effects and appropriate circumstances and should be able to do a quick analysis for giving out a specific medication.