The Pharm.D course of PCI: Is the country ready for it?
The introduction of the Pharm. D course by Pharmacy Council of India, in 2008 has initiated a heated debate in the Indian healthcare sector. A group of professionals have passionately supported the introduction of the course, whereas a significant lobby opined that it would be an ornamental degree for which there is no job market. In spite of this debate, a number of private sector institutions of South India have started offering the course. In this article, we have compared the salient features of the Pharm. D course with that of the traditional B. Pharm course and the prospective employment opportunities of the Pharm. D professionals. The article also gives a detailed analysis about the prospects of the Pharm. D course with respect to global economic factors that is affecting the Indian healthcare scenario.
Article Discusses the following aspects :
- What Pharm.D is and how is it different from B. Pharm?
- The Prospect of Pharmacy as a profession
- Earning Potential
- The Present Scenario of the Pharmacy Profession in India
- Societal Factors
- The Debate
- The Changing Factors
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Note : This is an Extract from “NSHM Journal of Pharmacy and Healthcare Management Vol. 02, February (2011) pp. 26-30” We are republishing it because no one would have noticed it back then.All Credits to Original Authors : Bijaya Ghosh, Moumita Das Kirtania – NSHM College of Pharmaceutical Technology, Kolkata.