It is a unique course of its kind imparting knowledge on various aspects of design, development, testing, safe and effective uses of drugs and medicines including drug delivery systems. The program provides a unique fusion of biology with engineering and technological concepts to develop skilful processes/techniques for designing, procuring, and evaluating various kinds of drugs, drug delivery systems, and consumer products. The course thus provides a unique opportunity to pharmacy qualified professionals to serve the humanity by alleviating the discomfort, pain and sufferings (caused by various diseases) through discovery and development of safe and effective drugs and medicines.
In addition to the study of basic Sciences, Computer programming and Communication skills etc. are necessary, the course includes an in-depth study of both theory and practical aspects of various subjects like – Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmaceutical Management, Microbiology, and Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Pharmacognosy and Tissue Culture, Pharmacology, and analysis/Assay of Drugs and Pharmaceuticals which requires solid foundation of all sciences namely-Physics, Chemistry and mathematics. Educational Tour, Training in Pharmaceutical Industry, Seminars and Projects are also part for overall development.
Prospects for Higher Studies:
M.Pharm or specialization is framed with a view to prepare the incumbent to cater to the current and future needs of advanced level aspects of pharmaceutical production, drug development, computer-aided production of various types of newer and targeted drug delivery systems, the design of process and product development techniques. This programme will expose the students to research methods currently being studied worldwide, with an emphasis on smooth transition from basic principles to actual handling of production design/production/quality assessment and feedback from the market.
PG courses, comprising advanced courses in Bio pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, Evaluation of Drugs, General Pharmacology, PG Seminars and Dissertation on selected topic. The courses have been designed with a view to prepare the students for wide variety of research-oriented studies, which have a bearing to ongoing and futuristic programmes. The students, thus, will have an exposure to masters’ courses, since such an exposure will eventually become necessary for an advanced level understanding of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, leading to optimised user friendly therapeutic systems, and will prepare the students for excellent placement in the ever developing Pharmaceutical industry.
Considering the fact that India is the fifth largest country in the world in terms of maximum consumption of pharmaceutical products, the pharmacy qualified professionals have tremendous opportunities to get jobs as managers and Executives in rapidly growing Bulk Drug and Pharmaceutical (more than 15 % annual growth worldwide every year), Biotechnological Herbal, Neutraceutical, Cosmetic, Fast Moving, Consumer Goods (FMCG) and pharmacy need based Software Industries. Pharmacy Graduates and Postgraduates, also get employed in Analytical Testing Services Laboratories, Drug Control Administration(as Drug Controller/Assistant Drug Controller/ Drug Inspector), Drugs and Formulations Development and research & Development Laboratories of CSIR as well as privately funded Laboratories, Hospitals (As Clinical and Community Pharmacy Services), Drug Distribution through wholesale and retail chains of Pharmacy stores, Entrepreneurship in pharmacy and also in research and Teaching in Universities and Institutes offering such courses worldwide. The competent, skilled and knowledgeable pharmacy qualified graduates and postgraduates can get the above jobs not only in India but also abroad, (USA, Europe and other developed and developing countries).
If you work in pharmaceutical industry environment will be excellent, its not a job where you have to stand under sun rather most of the companies follow GMPs hence you can expect air-conditioned workplace with little noise pollution and absolutely no laborious work. If you plan to wok in a pharmacy excellent job opportunities are expected. Earnings are relatively high(though not in india), but some pharmacists are required to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
Current Qualification Trends:
India is producing a large pool of such science graduates who are giving stiff competition to graduates from United States. The reduction in cap of H-1B visas by the U.S. government have also eased out the process for Indian Pharmaceutical Engineering graduates. But for long terms the U.S. policy makers are trying to improve the quality as well as quantity of these graduates to further smooth out their process.
Current Market Trends:
Due to expiry of patents future is exceptionally bright for Indian Pharmaceutical industry. Many multinationals are turning to india for cheaper and faster drug discovery and clinical trials US research firm Sanford C. Bernstein estimates that generic erosion will knock between 2% and 40% off the revenues of the top 10 companies between now and 2015. Worse still, the report calculates that only four of the 10 have pipelines containing products sufficiently valuable to offset these losses. Whatever the scenario is Indian Pharmaceutical market will shine in years to come.
This “innovation deficit” has enormous strategic implications for the industry as a whole. Many pharmaceutical companies need to decide what they want to concentrate on doing, and identify the core competencies the activity will require, a process which may involve exiting from some parts of research and development (R&D). Those that regard R&D as a core element of their business will have to make fundamental alterations in the way they work.
Production & Manufacturing:
A pharmacy professional can work as a production person (chemist, officer, executive, manager, vice-president), involved in the production of bulk drug & intermediates or formulations and dosage forms.
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As an Entrepreneur:
Generally graduates of this field are following a path where in they focus on cross functional skills rather than just core science only. Thus these Engineers generally start with a small firm and then later switch to the bigger brands having requisite scientific as well pharmaceutical specific business experience. These careers are punctuated by few worthwhile training programs hither and thither.