DPA alleges PCI misleading govt on Pharm D in its reply to Parliament

A Raju, HyderabadFriday, February 9, 2018, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Doctor of Pharmacy Association (DPA) has alleged that the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is misleading the government by giving the same reply to Parliament as in the year 2015, citing that it has written to central and state governments including various concerned departments to amend their recruitment rules to include Pharm D as a qualification for the post of pharmacists.   However, the DPA wants the PCI to spell out specifically the need for creation of a separate cadre of Clinical Pharmacists  posts in hospitals, rather than considering them as equivalent with B.Pharm and M. Pharm graduate pharmacists.

“We are not satisfied with the response given by the PCI through the central minister to Parliament. They have just copied and pasted the same response of 2015 which was replied to the Parliament three years back. We want the PCI to specify what was the need for creation of Pharm D courses when there are B. Pharmacy and M. Pharmacy courses already existing. In fact the Pharm D course was introduced only for creating a separate cadre of Clinical Pharmacists to record adverse drug reactions and advise drug dosage to the patients on the doctor’s prescription and serve the patients in the hospitals with better healthcare services, rather than confining themselves to just drug dispensing as done by a pharmacist. This response from the PCI and the central government shows they are not serious about our problems and they are not taking into consideration our demands for creation of separate clinical pharmacists posts,” said Dr. Sai Kumar, national president of DPA.

Dr. Sai Kumar felt that the PCI has forgotten the reasons why it has introduced the Doctor of Pharmacy course. Way back in the year 2008 the PCI has introduced Doctor of Pharmacy course to bring in a new Institution of Clinical Pharmacists in hospitals. However, now it seems the policy makers in the Pharmacy Council of India have forgotten this and they are giving permission to Doctor of Pharmacy colleges only for business purpose wherein the colleges and the PCI are benefiting from the fees paid by the students while giving nothing in return to them. Similarly the state and central governments are blindly spending crores of rupees in the form of fee reimbursements and not utilising the healthcare human resources they are creating in the form of Pharm D graduates.

“Hundreds of thousands of Doctor of Pharmacy students are roaming on the roads because of lack of employment opportunities for them since past 10 years.  We fail to understand, why did the government permit the PCI to introduce the Doctor of Pharmacy course when already there are B.Pharm and M. Pharm course existing to meet the requirements of pharmacists. Is it because they want to fool the public and make money out of their ignorance. Who is responsible for the loss of careers of thousands of students who had put in their precious 6 years of life in studying Doctor of Pharmacy, hoping good future. We feel dejected and lost all faith in the government and the PCI, which is considering education as business meant for minting money,” observed the DPA president.

The DPA is demanding clear response from the PCI and the government of India not to associate the Doctor of Pharmacy course with B. Pharm or M. Pharm,  rather it wants the government to create a separate cadre of Clinical Pharmacists to better serve the patients in hospitals for which purpose the Pharm D course was designed, in addition to making it eligible to the usual pharmacist posts.