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Lakshmi Prasanna Vanapalli
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I completed my Intermediate. I would like to pursue Pharm D. Please provide information about the course, eligibility and admission criteria and career prospects of the course. Which institutes offer MBA in Pharmaceutical Management?

Lakshmi Prasanna Vanapalli

The Union Ministry of Health and the Pharmacy Council of India have introduced the six-year Pharm D or Doctor of Pharmacy programme. This is to provide students intensive training in pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy service. The first five years of the course are dedicated to academic sessions and the last year is dedicated to internship in a hospital.

In India, education in Pharmacy is available at different levels starting from Diploma to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D levels. These courses lead to successful careers in the field of research and business. The Pharm D programme is designed with focus on the health care perspective of pharmacy. The course has patient care at its heart and provides extensive training in clinical pharmacy, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical care. By the end of the course, students understand the responsibilities of a pharmacist in health care, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and therapeutic use of drugs.

Some of the subjects covered in the course include Clinical Pharmacy, Clinical Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Pharmacoepidemiology and Biopharmaceutics. During the internship, students practise pharmacy and health care and acquire relevant skills under the supervision of senior professionals.

After the completion of the course, you will work closely with health care providers, administrative staff, support personnel and the community. You will be working in areas like wellness and health care promotion, accurate and time-sensitive distribution of medication, disease prevention and family welfare. You will be qualified to monitor National Health Programmes and Schemes.

Career opportunities for Pharma D professionals are available in diverse areas like community pharmacy, geriatric pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, managed care, clinical research, medical writing, pharmacoeconomics, pedagogy, regulatory affairs and R&D. You can seek employment in hospitals and other health care settings, pharmaceutical industry, clinical research organisations, government departments, biotechnology companies and educational institutions.

The eligibility criterion for seeking admission into Pharm D course is 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics or Biology. Admission is based on performance in the entrance test. Students who have completed their D.Pharm course from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India can also apply for the course.

Graduates who have already completed their B.Pharm can opt for the three-year Pharm D (Post-Baccalaureate). Given below are the details of some institutes that offer the Pharm D course: Deccan School of Pharmacy, Hyderabad (www.deccanpharmacy.

org)

GIET School of Pharmacy, Rajahmundry (www.gietpharmacy.ac.in)

Pullareddy Institute of Pharmacy, Medak (www.prip.ac.in)

M.S. Ramaiah College of Pharmacy, Bangalore (www.msrcp.edu.in)

Amrita School of Pharmacy, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochin (http://aims.amrita.edu)

Coming to Pharmaceuticals Management,

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai offers MBA in Pharmaceuticals Management. The eligibility criteria are graduation in Life Sciences, Pharmacy, Microbiology, Biotech, Medicine (MBBS) and allied subjects with minimum 50 per cent marks. The admission is based on Pharma Management Admission Test, Communication Test, Presentation and Personal Interview. For details, log on to www.nmims.edu

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Punjab offers MBA (Pharma). The eligibility criterion is B.Pharm or B.Tech Chemical Engineering or equivalent or M.Sc in Life Science or Chemical Science. Admission is based on performance at entrance test, group discussion and personal interview. For details, log on to www.niper.nic.in

You can also consider the Master’s Diploma Business Administration (Pharma Marketing) programme offered by the Indian Institute of Pharmaceutical Marketing, Lucknow, in self-study mode. The eligibility criterion is graduation in any discipline. Details onwww.iipmindia.com

T. Muralidharan

TMI e2E Academy

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