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Traditionally a qualification in Pharmacy was associated with a lifetime career as a chemist. Knowledge and training in Pharmaceutics of
fers a wide array of career options to the students. The programme is no longer confined to the laboratories or
classrooms and goes beyond the curriculum. The career options after the programme are also immense.

Says Mehul Oka, B Pharm student at MET Institute of Pharmacy, “The B Pharm programme gave me an in-depth insight into the subject matter related to pharmaceutical industry. I had an opportunity to interact with the people in industry while undergoing the in-plant training that is a part of the curriculum.

Today, at the end of four-years, I have a sound knowledge of drug therapy that would be beneficial to his family and the society.” Mehul is thus excited to join the world of Pharmaceutics.

Career options after completing B Pharm or M Pharm

1. Teaching

B Pharm - First Class students are eligible to teach as lecturers in the D Pharm programme, where as M Pharm, First Class students can get a lecturer’s job in pharmacy degree colleges. It takes about 5 years to reach the grade of Sr. lecturer and about 10 years to become Assistant Professor and about 12 years to become Professor or a Principal of a college. While in teaching profession they can do research in pharmaceutical field and strive to become a well-known Research Scientist.

2. Pharmacist

Being in the health-related field, the B Pharm graduate can be Health-system Pharmacist or Hospital Pharmacist or Community Pharmacist.

3. Quality Assurance Health Manager

The Pharmacy graduate can play an important role in the development of clinical care plans, can investigate adverse medication events and in some cases can suggest preventive measures. He can play a key role in spreading awareness amongst the people about AIDS and the preventive measures to be taken.

4. Medical Transcription

The B Pharm graduate can work with medical practitioners to maintain the patient treatment history, the drug to which he/she is allergic etc.

5. Analytical Chemist of Quality Control Manager

The pharmacy graduate can play a crucial role in controlling product quality.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 should be B Pharm, B Sc, B Tech or medicine with Bio-Chemistry.

6. Sales and Marketing

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.

7. Clinical Research

B Pharm/ M Pharm degree holders can take up career in clinical research. The human testing phase is called the clinical trial. A pharmacist can work as clinical research associate or clinical pharmacist and can rise to the position of project manager. 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 see that the trials meet the international guidelines and the national regulatory requirements.

8. Data Manager

A pharmacist can seek employment as “Data Manager” to store the data in the computer and process it using software developed for the
purpose.

9. Regulatory Manager

A pharmacy graduate can work as “Regulatory Manager”(RM) in companies and contract research organisation. As an RM he has to oversee regulatory documentation such as Clinical trial approval permission, marketing approval permission etc.

10. Career in Regulatory bodies

A Pharmacist can be absorbed in the Regulatory bodies like Food and Drug Administration. Pharmacist having experience in clinical trial centres can also work as an inspector to inspect the clinical trial process. For these government jobs the student needs to appear and pass the
MPSC examination.

11. Biotechnology is a fast growing branch and the B Pharm graduates can opt for post graduate diploma programme in Bioinformatics.

12. They can handle the job of monitoring the conduct of clinical trials that are conducted on human volunteers. It is their responsibility to see that the clinical trials are carried out as per the international guidelines.

13. The B Pharm Science programme is considered as a paramedical programme. The B Pharm Science graduates can therefore work in
hospitals as hospital pharmacist or community pharmacist.

14. Since they have a good knowledge of therapeutic effects of drugs and that of drug-drug interaction, they are more suitable for a job in clinical research. They can opt for the post of clinical pharmacist or clinical research associate in a clinical research laboratory.
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