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Medical body against pharmacists using the ‘Dr.’ prefix

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has opposed the move by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) to authorise candidates receiving the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm D) from recognised universities to use the ‘Dr.’ prefix.

“As this title reflects entitlement and identity, IMA is against all such shift from those who are trained in other streams of health sector to venture into medical practice. Such illegitimate conferment cannot become entitlements,”the Association noted in its statement.

“Such social anarchy only creates confusion in the minds of common man and the impact it has on the structure of a well organized society is clearly evident,” it added.

Irreplaceable roles

Aspiration in any course needs to be legitimate and appropriate to be recognised, said the IMA, adding that the roles and responsibilities of nurses, physiotherapists, optometrists and others in the field of healthcare are irreplaceable and are in accordance with their entitlement.

“A pharmacist by any other name will remain a pharmacist. Transgressions of entitlement are illegal and illegitimate,” said Dr. Santanu Sen, National President, IMA.

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