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Career guide for Pharmacy students

  1. 1. Career Options in Pharmacy | IEC College21621753276600IEC Group of InstitutionsCareer Guide for Pharmacy (Prescription for a Rewarding Career)<br />There are many options available to those who are pursuing a career as a pharmacist. Most of us think of pharmacists as the person who is behind the counter when we go to fill a prescription at the drug store or grocery store. While retail pharmacy is a common career choice for pharmacists, there are many other options available to pharmacists who have completed their PharmD degree and the necessary licensure requirements. Although there are a variety of practice settings, the compensation remains relatively consistent across all of these employment options, with minor variations according to hours worked and call.<br />Here are the some career options which are as under:<br /><ul><li>Retail Pharmacy / Chemists and   Druggist: </li></ul>In medical retail stores, the pharmacist prepares and dispenses drugs on prescription to the general consumer With the growing availability of pre-packaged doses, the pharmacist monitors the drug sale on the basis of prescriptions and dosages, and gives over the counter advice on how to use prescribed drugs. In the retail sector, pharmacists run chemist's shops As medical representatives, they inform and educate the medical practitioners of the potential uses of the drug or health product and its administration along with side effects or precautions for its use. The job entails regular visits to medical practitioners, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, health centres. There is usually a lot of touring to be done.<br /><ul><li>Hospital Pharmacy: </li></ul>The primary role of a hospital pharmacist is to provide medication and medication management services to patients who are hospitalized or are visiting hospital-based clinics, and to provide medication services to the health professionals who care for patients in hospital settings. <br />Hospital pharmacists have exposure to many complicated and unique therapy needs including intravenous medication therapy, nutrition, and the specific needs of newborns and the elderly. Pharmacists in the practice find working with other health professionals, work variety and focused clinical care opportunity rewarding. This is the second most common practice area.<br /><ul><li>Industrial Pharmacy: </li></ul>While most firms are involved in the production of preformulated preparations, a growing number of firms are developing new formulations through autonomous research work. Industrial pharmacists carry out clinical trials, where drugs are tested for safety and effectiveness work in research and development to develop new formulations the production job entails management and supervision of the production process, packaging, storage and delivery work in marketing, sales and quality control.<br />In addition to the many opportunities for graduates in the many areas of pharmacy practice there are increasing numbers of opportunities within the Pharmaceutical Industry in advanced and specialized areas, as the depth and breadth of education in pharmacy increases opportunities in industry. This includes the promotion of pharmaceuticals to health professionals, marketing, development of new drugs and dosage forms, clinical studies in patients, monitoring pharmaceutical use on a population scale, and managing regulatory and legal issues.<br /><ul><li>Government Services: </li></ul>Pharmacists are hired within the central and state government departments- the Health Protection Branch of the Department of Health and Welfare, the Pest Control Division of Agriculture, the Department of National Defense, Provincial Research Councils, and the Provincial Departments of Agriculture or the Environment. There is also employment opportunities within the food and cosmetic industries or within any other industry that requires the assurance that new products are as safe and effective as possible. In government departments, a pharmacist maintains proper records according to various Government acts governing the profession of pharmacy.<br /><ul><li>Pharmaceutical Education: </li></ul>Many pharmacists find rewards as faculty in colleges of pharmacy. These pharmacists enjoy influencing the future of pharmacy by educating future pharmacists and may participate in direct patient care and/or scientific research as well.Academic pharmacist practice has its rewards in disseminating and discovering new ideas that change medication use, pharmacist practices and health care policy. Pharmacist faculty find their careers to be pleasant in their interaction with people, especially students, and provide them with the flexibility to pursue their own ideas about pharmacy.<br /><ul><li>Nuclear Pharmacy: </li></ul>Nuclear pharmacists are responsible for measuring and delivering the radioactive materials which are used in digital imaging (MRI, CT, etc)and other procedures in medical offices and hospitals. Due to the nature of the radioactive materials and how they are handled, nuclear pharmacists are typically required to start each work day very early, sometimes pre-dawn, as the radioactive materials must be delivered within a few hours of their use, or they lose their effectiveness<br /><ul><li>Clinical Research : </li></ul>Recently, Clinical research has also open its door for B.Pharm graduates as medical underwriter, CRO, data validation associate, clinical research associate etc. The clinical research associate plays an important role of monitoring and overseeing the conducts of clinical trials, which are conducted on healthy human volunteers. They have to seethat the trials meet the international guidelines and the national regulatory requirements.<br /><ul><li>Community pharmacy: </li></ul>The primary role of a community pharmacist is to provide medication and medication related services to patients. In most settings, pharmacists provide prescription drug services to their community of patients, working with the patients and a broad spectrum of health care providers to achieve the best possible health care outcomes of medications.<br /><ul><li>Quality Control & analysis: </li></ul>The pharmacy graduate can play a crucial role in controlling product quality as a Analytical chemist of a Quality control Manager. The drug and the Cosmetics Act (1945), Rules 71(1) and 76(1) says that the manufacturing activity should be taken up under the supervision of a technical man whose qualification shouldbe B Pharm, B Sc, B Tech or medicine with Bio-Chemistry.<br /><ul><li>Research and Development: </li></ul>New and expanding knowledge in health care and biomedical sciences provides tremendous opportunities for the pursuit of research careers for pharmacists. Graduates with the Pharm.D. degree can pursue a research career directly or following additional education either in the form of residency and fellowship training or in formal graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.<br />With a clinical focus one can be involved in the conduct and analysis of large-scale human drug studies in academic, industrial, and governmental settings.  Pharmacists are also highly qualified to pursue additional training in business, public health, or pharmaceutical socioeconomics in order to become involved in research in drug utilization, health care outcomes, and the provision of pharmacy services.<br /><ul><li>Sales and Marketing </li></ul>Ambitious achievers with pleasant personality and good communication skills can opt for the job of Medical Sales Representative. The companies prefer pharmacy graduates for this job, as they have a good knowledge about the drug molecules, their therapeutic effects and the drug –drug interactions<br /> Here are some various Job portals which students can easily identify the various job opportunities in Pharmacy:<br /><ul><li>
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