Pharmacy -> D.Pharma
It is well known by the short names of D Pharm and D Pharma. After getting the D. Pharm degree you become authorized pharmacist and authorized dispense medicines. You may open your own medical shop. Further, you can go for the chain of medical shops by keeping the registered pharmacists. In govt. and private hospitals, there are various vacancies for the pharmacist positions you may apply for pharmacist position. There is option for private companies like production and consultancies.
Career prospects and job opportunities
Diverse job opportunities are available in front of Diploma in Pharmacy certificate holders.
Diploma in Pharmacy certificate holders may start practicing as pharmacists in India. They may work at drug stores in Government hospitals, private hospitals, clinics, Community health centers or private drug stores. Other than working for hospitals or private drug stores, D Pharm certificate holders may even start their own private drug store! To thrive in such a venture, one must have access to decent financial resources and entrepreneurship skills.
Pharmaceutical companies are also known to hire D Pharm folks. In this sector, they may work at divisions/sections like- manufacturing, process control, quality control and marketing. Talking about marketing sector, one may work for firms involved in pharmaceutical products marketing. One may also work as a medical representative.
Other than working right after completing D Pharm course, one may also go for further studies (B Pharmacy, M.Pharmacy etc).
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.
A career in the pharmaceutical sciences is full of opportunities. Mentioned below are some of the options a pharmacy professional can venture into:
R & D: The pharmacy industry is one such industry that thrives on research and development. For this option, M.Pharma’s and Ph.D’s are highly in demand for research of new drugs, process development, formulation, development, clinical trials and Toxicological Studies.
Analysis and Testing: Analysis and testing go hand in hand with this industry specially in order to maintain a proper Quality control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA). For the same highly skilled staff is required by companies to handle sensitive analytical dealings and sophisticated equipment.
Production and Manufacturing: The options of working in production and manufacturing are huge. One can start his/ her own venture or work for someone. Professionals for production and manufacturing are not only required by biotechnological products, surgical dressings, medical devices, equipment, ayurvedic/ homeopathic / unani medicines, veterinary medicine, etc are also the requirement for the production of cosmetics, soaps, toiletries and dental products.
Hospitals: Although it might be a trend of the US or Canada, but it is one that seem to be setting in India as well. The pharmacists in the hospitals are the best informed individuals for prescribing a drug. Mostly in western countries, the diagnosis is made by the Doctors but the pharmacists decide the medicines and their dosage.
Regulatory Bodies: There are bodies that control and regulate medicines. FDA is the regulatory body that deals with governing and implementing the rules and regulations for the Drug and Pharmaceutical industry. The post of Drug Inspector, Asst. Drug Controller, Deputy Drug Controller, Drug Controller of state and finally D.C. I. (Drug Controller of India) is an option one can aspire for.