Pharmacy is defined as the science and technique of preparing and dispensing various drugs. Pharmacy is a profession that links health sciences with chemical sciences and concentrates on ensuring the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs to treat many ailments.
There are many courses which deal with pharmacy, out of them B-Pharmacy and Pharma-D are most popular. the difference between these two courses is as follows.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm)
⦿ Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) is an undergraduate degree course in the field of Pharmacy education.
⦿ The duration of this course is 4 years.
⦿ After the completion of this course, the students can practice as a Pharmacist.
⦿ Pharmacists will work in industries related to the prescription, manufacture & provision of medicines.
⦿ The B.Pharm is the popular job oriented course among the science students after intermediate or +2.
⦿ B.Pharm course provides a large number of job opportunities in both the public and private sector firms.
⦿ After the completion of the course, students can go for higher studies in the Pharmacy like Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm).
⦿ The Pharmacy Courses are approved by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) & Pharmacy Council of India (PCI).
⦿The students can work in a Pharmaceutical company or can practice as a Pharmacist in various firms.
⦿The starting salary for a fresher in this field can be Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 18,000 per month in India.
⦿ Human Anatomy & Physiology
⦿ Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
⦿ Pharmaceutical Maths & Biostatistics
⦿ Pharmacology, etc
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharma-D)
⦿ Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharma-D) is a course in the field of Pharmacy education.
⦿ Pharm D is the first professional degree, and a prerequisite course to get the license to practice as the pharmacist in many countries.
⦿ The qualification required is 10+2 with Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects with any one of the Mathematics or Biology subject.
⦿ The duration of the course is six academic years (five years of study and one year of internship)
⦿ In the phase of training a student is exposed to pharmacy practice or clinical pharmacy services and acquires practical skills under the supervision of doctors.
⦿ Internship or residency training including postings in specialty units. The student has to independently provide the clinical pharmacy services to the allotted wards.
⦿ Pharm D trains students to work in hospital settings, relevant industry environments and to pursue higher degrees or clinical research.
⦿ Every student who has passed the examinations for the Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) is granted a certificate by the examining authority.
⦿ After earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and passing licensure examinations, College of Pharmacy graduates can practice pharmacy anywhere the country.
⦿ Pharmaceutical Analysis
⦿ Pharmaceutical Microbiology
⦿ Medicinal Biochemistry
⦿ Clinical Research
⦿ Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals, etc