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Scope of pharmacy

What is pharmacy:

The profession of Pharmacy is all about preparing the medicine. It deals with the preparation, dispensing and appropriate usage of medication. It is a very emerging field. Pharmacists are responsible for the preparation of medicines to cure different disease. The discipline of pharmacy holds a vital importance in the field of medical as without medicine its not possible for doctors to treat the patients. A physician checks patients & diagnoses the disease & a Pharmacist prepares the medicine for the cure of this disease. Moreover, a Pharmacists also monitor the health & progress of patients to ensure the safe & effective use of medication.

Pharmacist work nature:

Pharmacists distribute prescription drugs to individuals. They are responsible to advise their patients and physicians on the selection , dosages and side effects of medicines. Monitoring the health of patients to ensure that they are using medication properly also comes under the category of pharmacist job. Other than this (Compounding)the actual mixing of ingredients to form medications is a small part of a pharmacist’s practice, because most medicines are produced by pharmaceutical companies in standard dosages and drug delivery forms. Most pharmacists work in retail drugstore , pharmacies or hospitals. Some pharmacists are also employed in the field of research

How can you become a pharmacist:

Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). Which means that they should have a 4-year professional degree. Pharmacists must also be licensed ( and to be licensed you need to pass two exams).

Pharmacist Job/ Responsibility :

  • Pharmacist put in order, mix, compound or dispense drugs and medicines, ointments, powder, pills, tablets and injections
  • Plan, monitor & evaluate drug programs or routines
  • Review prescriptions to assure accuracy, to determine the required ingredients & to evaluate their precision
  • Aid physicians by explaining and informing about the drug interactions, reactions, side effects & precautions regarding the use of medicines
  • Monitor the health and progress of patients to ensure the safe and effective use of medication
  • Prepare special formulations for medications of exceptional cases (For some cases medications are not available already)
  • Those in research concern themselves with fusion of new drugs, new processes, clinical testing of the effects of such drugs on animals & humans and obtaining the required License from the drug control authorities
  • They produce of medicines, develop the methods or processes of production & quality control
  • They are responsible for exact mixing of substances  and supervising the whole production procedure in pharmaceutical industries. One mistake can alter the whole procedure and all efforts become waste.
Scope of pharmacy
Scope of pharmacy

Eligibility criteria for the pharmacy discipline:

Admission requirement for taking admission in pharmacy is as follows:

  • FSc Pre-Medical (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or Equivalence
  • 60% marks
  • Domicile from Home District
  •  MDCAT Entry Test
  • Age Less than 25 years

Scope of pharmacy in Pakistan:

Scope of pharmacy in Pakistan is very vast. A large number of career opportunities are available for Pharmacy students both in Government & Private sectors.

In private sector:

  • Private Jobs:
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Retail or Community Pharmacy
  • Distribution setup
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Hospital Pharmacist at private hospital
  • Instructor at Institute training Category B candidates
  • NGOs
  • Nutraceutical Industry
  • Cosmetic Industry
  • Training Centers

In Government Sector:

  • Hospital Pharmacist in Government Teaching Hospitals
  • Drug Inspector
  • Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Drug Testing Laboratories

Salary:

Pharmacist salaries in Pakistan range from 64,900 PKR per month (minimum salary) to 212,000 PKR per month (maximum salary).

For freshers it starts from 25000 per month.

Institutes offering Pharm.D in Pakistan:

  1. The Islamia University Of Bahawalpur – Bahawal Pur
  2. University Of Malakand – Chakdara
  3. University Of Agriculture – Faisalabad
  4. Hazara University [havellian Campus] – Havelian
  5. Quaid-e-azam University – Islamabad
  6. University Of Sindh – Jamshoro
  7. Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari – Karachi
  8. Dow University Of Health Sciences – Karachi
  9. Federal Urdu University Of Arts Science & Technology – Karachi
  10. Jinnah Sindh Medical University – Karachi University Of Karachi – Karachi
  11. Shah Abdul Latif University – Khair Pur
  12. Kohat University Of Science & Technology – Kohat
  13. Lahore College For Women University – Lahore
  14. University Of Sargodha – Sargodha
  15.  University Of Swabi – Swabi
  16. Comsats Institute Of Information Technology – Abbottabad
  17. The University Of Faisalabad – Faisalabad
  18. Hamdard University – Islamabad Campus – Islamabad
  19. Riphah International University – Islamabad
  20. Shifa Tameer-e-millat University – Islamabad
  21. Baqai Medical University/hospital – Karachi
  22. Hamdard University – Karachi
  23. Jinnah University For Women – Karachi
  24. Nazir Hussain University – Karachi
  25. Zia-ud-din Medical University – Karachi
  26. Forman Christian College – Lahore
  27. Hajvery University – Lahore
  28. Lahore Leads University – Lahore
  29. The Superior University – Lahore
  30. Abasyn University – Peshawar
  31. Bahauddin Zakariya University – Lahore
  32. University Of Sargodha (sub Campus) – Lahore
  33. Abasyn University (sub Campus) – Islamabad
  34. Riphah International University (sub Campus) – Lahore
  35. Quaid-e-azam Postgraduate Medical College / Pims – Islamabad
  36.  Sargodha Medical College – Sargodha
  37. Yusra Medical & Dental College – Islamabad
  38. Islam College Of Pharmacy – Sialkot
  39. Islam Medical College – Sialkot
  40. The University Of Lahore (Islamabad Campus) – Islamabad
  41. Johar Institute Of Professional Studies – Lahore
  42. South Punjab Institute Of Health Sciences – Multan
  43. Margalla Institute Of Health Sciences – Rawalpindi
  44. Yusra Institute Of Pharmaceutical Sciences – Rawalpindi
  45. Mohi-ud-din Islamic Medical College – Mir Pur (ajk)

Vast no of institutes are offering this discipline. It is possible that not all institutes names are mentioned here.

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