STUDYING PHARMACY- SCOPE,SIGNIFICANCE AND SKILLS
December 22, 2021
Pharmacy is not just about a drugstore. Those who study pharmacy degree or pharmacy diploma courses in Pharmacy college of Jaipur can also choose research and development of medicine as a career option.
A drug/medicine before being prescribed by a doctor has to undergo several tests and approvals. It is tested in a lab, studied for dosage and side effects, only then prescription guidelines are formed. The medicines then undergo clinical trials and only when after studying all the possible effects of the medicine, it is introduced in the market. Pharmacists are a part of the entire process. They are also responsible for introducing a new drug/ medicine to various medical practitioners and representatives.
The role of a pharmacist does not end here. They study and keep track of all medicines and products with market surveys by connecting with a medical practitioner and distributors for any side effects, reactions, and allergies, etc. Although, before distribution in a market the medicines are tested in labs because of the complexity and diversity of human beings, different outcomes from the same medicine can occur, therefore, a pharmacy practitioner has to research and develop medicines and prescriptions at multitude levels.
The scope of Pharmacy in the healthcare industry is wide according to a survey report called ‘Pharmacy at a glance by International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), community pharmacy is the largest contributor with 75.1 percent registered pharmacists employed followed by hospital pharmacy with 13.2 percent. The services provided by pharmacy practitioners are as follows for which training sessions are held at Pharmacy College in Jaipur.
Improving the use of medicines: Reviewing medicines, medicines for hypertension management, directly observed treatments, short courses based medicines, medication reconciliation and new drug development.
Product services: This includes compounding medicines (based on prescriptions by medical practitioners) and assembling expired medicines from a market.
Public health services: This includes promoting health initiatives, vaccinations, health camps, and other health-related awareness.
In Pharmacy college of Jaipur, A student pursuing Pharmacy as a career option is taught various pharmacy skills. These include:
- Communication skills and interpersonal skills
- Curiosity and persuasive skills
- Technical skills
- Therapeutic and counseling skills
- Determinant and consistency skills
- Medicinal and scientific research skills
- Business skills like marketing, organising
- Sharp memory and knowledge
- Medical writing and ethics
- Adaptation ability to dynamic situations