Being a Doctor is not the only option after passing secondary schooling. There is a pool of options available, and Pharmacy is one of those options. The medical industry is known as the lifeline of healthcare, similarly, the pharmaceutical industry is known as the lifeline of the medical industry. Pharmacy refers to the formulation and dispensing of medicines that are required to treat, mitigate, or reduce the effects of a disease in a patient. Thus, it is an integral part of the healthcare industry.
Road to Become a Pharmacist
The qualification of choosing Pharmacy is to pass higher secondary education with Medical or Non-medical subject combinations, i.e., Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or Mathematics. There are three courses available in Pharmacy, which are B. Pharm (Bachelor’s of pharmacy), Pharm D (Doctorate of Pharmacy), and D Pharm (Diploma in Pharmacy). Students can choose any course according to their interest in career opportunities.
Reasons to opt for a career in Pharmacy
A career in Pharmacy is lucrative due to the following reasons. Initially, the role of a pharmacist is important as they become a vital bond between doctors and patients by working as a drug specialist. They may investigate choices on issues concerned with medicines and patient care. Secondly, the career of a pharmacist will always be relevant and recession-proof. As medicine is necessary to treat disease and improve the quality of life, the community pharmacist never has to meet any shortage of occupation or downturn in the business. Thirdly, research is an important field of the pharmaceutical industry and the medical industry. Pharmacists are widely involved in the formulation of new medications, their toxicological investigations, and clinical trials. Lastly, pharmacists have flexible working hours that help them to maintain a better work-life balance and enjoy a harmonious home life, which is not affordable in many other professions.
Career options in Pharmacy
The Pharmacy graduates can also opt for post-secondary study i.e., M Pharm (Master’s Degree of Pharmacy) in courses such as Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmaceutical chemistry, Quality assurance, Regulatory affairs, etc., or they can even opt for MBA (Master of Business Administration). While most people think that Pharmacy graduates can work only in medical or chemist stores, dispensaries; there is more to add-on. A Pharmacy degree can help to venture into several other job opportunities. The extent and scope of medicinal drugs integrate with worldwide healthcare services and offered rise to career options such as:
• Clinical research – development of a new drug, its toxicological investigation. New aspirants can join as clinical scientists.
• Medical drug production – manufacturing of the drug formulations, for instance, tablets, capsules, syrups, etc. New aspirants can join as a part of a production team.
• Quality control and assurance – quality check of the drug/product at every step from beginning i.e., formulation to end of the process i.e., packaging.
• Pharmaceutical sales – marketing of the formulated drug, new aspirants can join as a medical representative (MR)
• Pharmaceutical education – teacher, professor at an education institute.
• Drug control and inspection – regulated by International regulatory bodies like FDA, CDSCO, etc. With a decent understanding of ethics and laws, aspirants can join these regulatory bodies as Drug Inspector, Assistant/Deputy Drug Controller, or Drug Controller of State/India.
• Physician Clinic – New aspirants with Pharm D can use the prefix ‘Dr.’ and can prescribe medication to patients.
With the proper perspective, a career in Pharmacy is a promising career option for those who want to be a part of the medical field along with a lucrative work-life balance.