A REVIEW ON PHARM.D EDUCATION IN INDIA

 

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About Authors:
Gayathri Krishnamoorthy, Kanaka Durga Vadlapatla, Rini Susan Varghese, Britto Duraisingh*
Department of Pharmacy Practice,
PSG College of Pharmacy,
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
*brittopharmaco@gmail.com

Abstract:
The intention behind this piece of review work is to enable every single individual thoroughly understand this emerging field in Indian pharmacy that is Pharm.D, newly introduced in 2008 by the Pharmacy Council of India. It gives a direct doctorate degree after five years of college and one year internship in a hospital. This paper highlighted all the information regarding the prospectus of this field in India, colleges offering this course, scope, roles and responsibilities and feedback from student, intern and clinical pharmacist. Pharm.D is already well recognised in United States of America and majority of the gulf countries. Let’s look forward for an eye-opening future in India!!!!

REFERENCE ID: PHARMATUTOR-ART-2144

PharmaTutor (ISSN: 2347 - 7881)

Volume 2, Issue 4

Received On: 27/02/2014; Accepted On: 06/03/2014; Published On: 01/04/2014

How to cite this article: G Krishnamoorthy, KD Vadlapatla, RS Varghese, B Duraisingh, A Review on Pharm.D education in India, PharmaTutor, 2014, 2(4), 144-148

Peek into the emerging field Pharm.D!
The Pharm.D course (6 year doctoral degree program in pharmacy) was introduced by the Pharmacy Council of India in 2008 aimed at improving patient care and providing pharmacy education programs. It is a pre-PhD, post-graduate program. It lays emphasis on all pharmacy practice components namely Clinical Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, Clinical Research, Regulatory formulation development, Quality Control.

The mission of the profession is to improve public health through safe, effective and appropriate use of medications. Contemporary pharmacy practice reflects an evolving paradigm from the one in which the pharmacist primarily supervises medication distribution and counsel patients, to a more expanded and team-based clinical role providing patient- centered medication therapy management, health improvement, and disease prevention services.

Eligibility criteria:
For Pharm.D:

i) A pass in 10+2 examination with Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects along with one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Biology
ii) A pass in D.Pharm course from an institution approved by the Pharmacy council of India under section 12 of The Pharmacy Act.

For Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate):
i) A pass in B.Pharm from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act.

The gazette:



Course structure:
The Pharm.D degree in India is available in 2 formats: a straight 6-year program after the completion of year12 in high school and a 3-year post baccalaureate degree program after completion of the traditional 4-year bachelor of pharmacy degree program. The Pharm.D degree requires five years of classroom-based didactic study (two years didactic post-baccalaureate course), followed by one year of internship training in addition to ongoing practicals and research project in any 500 bedded hospital or above.

The first batch of post-baccalaureate Pharm.D students graduated in August 2011.

Admission queries:
Number of admissions for the Pharm.D program shall be as prescribed by the Pharmacy Council of India from time to time and presently it is restricted to 30 candidates for Pharm.D and 10 candidates for Pharm.D. D (PB) per academic year.

Enrolment of various states and universities:
Initially, only a few pharmacy colleges in India offered the Pharm.D degree program after the PCI had given the go-ahead. In recent years, the number of colleges offering the Pharm.D degree has increased exponentially. Some of these colleges are afiliated with government universities while others are afiliated with private universities.

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