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Ramesh Shankar
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Thousands of graduates of Doctor of Pharmacy, better known as Pharm D, have recently resorted to protest demonstrations in different cities in the country demanding the creation of post of clinical pharmacist for Pharm D holders in each hospital as per patient ratio. These graduates were forced to hit the streets as they could not find suitable jobs after six years of specialised learning and spending a huge amount of money as fees. The Pharm D holders now wanted the government to recognise them as a key healthcare providers as a patient counsellor who will facilitate patients with drug information, drug dosage, treat basic illness, create public awareness and engage in the administration of preventive health and immunisation programmes.  They wanted the government to utilise their expertise in rural medical centres, drug information centres, drug de-addiction centres, patient counselling centres and in pharmacovigilance duties. The Pharm D holders complain that on one hand the government is saying there is an immense dearth of healthcare workforce in the country, while on the other hand it is ignoring the well qualified Pharm D professionals whose services can be utilised in government hospitals without any further training.

The Pharmacy Council of India introduced the Pharm D program in the country with much fanfare in 2008 with the main objective of imparting the necessary training and skill to undertake pharmacy practice in the field of patient care. The curriculum was designed to produce clinically competent pharmacists who can assume expanded responsibilities in patient care and assure the provision of rational drug therapy. The government introduced this 6-year course as the role of a pharmacist has been undergoing major changes world over in the wake of notable progress made by the pharmaceutical science and education. A pharmacist is a vital link in the physician-patient chain and he is expected to play a key role in the dissemination of pharmaceutical knowledge. In India, although pharmaceutical industry has advanced over the last more than three decades, the pharmacist continues to be a salesman in a retail pharmacy. The Pharm D was introduced in such a background to change this image by raising the standards of pharmacy education to produce world class pharmacists. At present, over 230 colleges are offering Pharm D program and the number of graduates is increasing every year. But, the job prospects are far and few as the government did not create a cadre to them, though they fall under Clinical Pharmacist cadre. It is a pity that the euphoria created over this course is petering out as these graduates are finding it difficult to get proper jobs after studying for six long years. Countries like US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, Ireland and even Ethiopia have recognised well reputed courses like Pharm D and clinical pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare system and work along with physicians and nurses efficiently. It is an irony that while the government introduced Pharm D to create world class pharmacists, it is not utilising their services. Instead of keeping a Nelson's eye towards this grave issue, both the central as well as the state governments should utilise the knowledge and expertise of these graduates to improve the healthcare delivery system which is at a shambles, especially in the rural parts of the country.


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Jeejo augustine Aug 14, 2018 8:11 PM
I am planning to approach the Supreme Court to seek a solution to end the crisis faced by PharmD graduates. Would you support the move?? If you are supporting the cause, pls email to jeejoaugustine@gmail.com, or contact me on whatsaap 006738796145
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Akhilesh Jan 27, 2018 11:26 PM
Hope the goverment of India takes an initiative in promoting the progress of country's health care system by making a good use of Pharm.D students knowledge by creating clinical pharmacist cadre jobs thereby resulting in the fruit of their 6 yrs of hardwork
Saimanikantakumar Jan 20, 2018 12:24 PM
Any further courses after completion of pharm D and need best universities in Canada, best courses in Canada after completion of pharm D
Satyanarayan Garg Jan 20, 2018 10:06 AM
Yes,it is true that diploma pharmacist are unemployed in large number. To some extent this problem can be solved ,if all the state FDA follow the example of Maharashtra FDA which ensured the presence of pharmacist in retail medical stores few year back.

As a result of this action the job market for pharmacist in Maharashtra got boost ,and salary also improved considerably.
pradeep awasthi Jan 19, 2018 6:44 AM
The current ongoing protest of large number of Unemployed D Pharm graduates across the different corners of country in concern of cadre of pharmacist and creating job opportunities in rural health care centres for D pharm degree holders,is the right move to draw an attention of government towards this longstanding burning issue of pharmacist practice. As D pharm degree holders developed and nurtured in pharmacy collages with six years long advance curriculum to execute world class pharmacy graduates that can provide vital link to the Phisician patient care and can work together with Doctors,nursing staff as health counsellor.

This is an alarming call for union government to take a correctve steps by creating post of pharmacist in every rural health care units,drug deaddiction centres and drug information centres.The pharmacist can play a vital role not only providing basic information of drug and its adverse actions,but equally works together with doctors in providing better p
Nishma EK Jan 17, 2018 9:04 PM
After studying 6years not to mention the huge amount of money we spend on it ,our skills and knowledge is underrated in india. When we should be making our country's healthcare better with our knowledge, we are forced to find jobs in other countries. The way patients are treated in our country, i think we are in need of PharmD more than any other countries.pharmD is the healthcare revolution our country needs .Our govt must make sure we get a chance of making India better ,by giving us jobs which we are trained for .
Natania Jan 17, 2018 8:37 PM
Yes!!We the upcoming PharmD Doctors support this concern!! Do you want to erradicate Medication errors and death? Better be vigilant to appoint PharmD Doctors in a separate cadre.India will reach heights with the best quality treatment in the world!! Spread the Pharmdian awareness and pose a threat of the Legal drug Lords!! B)
Locharla vasavi Jan 17, 2018 3:08 PM
Heloo sir/mam
So many members in our state even dont know whether it is a D.pharm or pharm.D
Let them know we meant for a clinical purpose
Jami butchi raju Jan 17, 2018 2:07 PM
Yes. We need job in government hospitals... That is clinical pharmcologcist, because we are completed pharam d but don't have government job's. Same hospitals recruited clinical pharmcologcist like hcg hospital cancer in Bangalore and Apollo hospitals, can we ask to government.... Where is my jobs....??????
Nisam Jan 17, 2018 11:31 AM
PharmD can be considered for the bridge course for ALLOPATHIC treatment needs of the rural areas of India, They are the exact option for NMC bridge programme.
Akash Kumar gupta Jan 17, 2018 11:10 AM
Hello sir/mam
Please share a article on its present time conditions in government decision on Pharma D.
And its situation in North India and specially in U P.
vipin v Jan 17, 2018 9:19 AM
we want job
Shreedarshan Jan 17, 2018 9:12 AM
Hello this is shreedarshan Mohan I have completed PharmD
Prajith PharmD Jan 17, 2018 8:39 AM
Doctors and Heath care system could not understand the active four-year patient-oriented learning by Pharm.D graduates. As far as the syllabus and the course are perfect and we must see the real teaching-learning process in the particular college and hospital. Likewise, we must observe the attitude of faculty members and of the organisation. We must try to propagate the good content of the course and to positively take advantage of the socio-economic progress of the Indians. So, we should start improve our thinking and, if needed, correct things from the bottom.
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