Introduction

A pharmacist is trained in the safe and effective usage of medication and provides expert advice on the use and supply of drugs and medicines. Pharmacists, also known as chemists (Commonwealth English) or druggists (North American and, archaically, Commonwealth English), are health professionals who specialize in the use of medicines, as they deal with the composition, effects, mechanism of action and proper and effective use of drugs. Using knowledge of the mechanism of action of drugs, the pharmacist understands how they should be used to achieve maximum benefit, minimal side effects and to avoid drug interactions.

Pharmacists undergo university or graduate-level education to understand the biochemical mechanisms and actions of drugs, drug uses, therapeutic roles, side effects, potential drug interactions, and monitoring parameters. This is mated to anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.

Pharmacists interpret and communicate this specialised knowledge to patients, physicians, and other health care providers. (Courtesy-Wikipedia)

What do they do?

 • Dispense medicines in hospitals or clinics and advise patients on dosage and mode of ingesting. 

• Inspect chemist shops to enforce the correct means of storing, labeling dispensing medicines • Market medicines by visting doctors in hospitals and clinics, and medical shops

 • Own and operate medical shops 

• Transcribe medial reports dedicated by doctors into patient medical records.

• Conduct research on various drugs and look into drug discovery 

Key Skills 

• Strong sense of ethics to always think of people’ welfare above monetary gains  

• Management skills to manage materials  finances and people  

• Self motivation and time management skills to work independently and in a timely manner. 

• Strong on patience and tolerance to deal with wide range of people a. customers /patients/ doctors 

Education Pathway 

Std XII  (Scence PCMB)

Entrance Exams

Graduate  (B Pharma)

Post-Graduate (M. Pharma)

Career Growth:

Level I: Pharmacy Technician

Level 2: Pharmacist

Level 3:Administrator  

Organisations that currently recruit.

 Hospitals:

Apollo, Fortis, AllS, etc.

 Pharmaceutical Companies:

Astrazeneca pharma, DrReddys labs. 

Medical Transcription Companies:

Vee Technologies, Acroseas global