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THE PHARMA REVIEW (DECEMBER 2008)

Pharmacy Education in India-Marching with Times

Virendra S. Ligade, D.Sreedhar, Manthan.J, Ajay.P, N.Udupa

Introduction: Education begins with life. Education helps foster an individual, social, professional and economic development and shape the difference between today and tomorrow. Pharmacy education is a perfect blend of science, technical, art and human values. The Pharmacy education should be designed to produce scientifically competent pharmacists who can apply education for the betterment of human lives. In the world of World Trade Organization (WTO), the pharmaceutical field is witnessing winds of globalization and harmonization of regulatory affairs from the beginning of present century. But, the Pharmaceutical education has failed to keep the pace with the fast moving industrial field. The objectives of Pharmaceutical education are to provide scientific and technological training in all aspects relating to identification, standardization, formulation, preparation, distribution, quality assurance and use of the drugs and medicines, dissemination of drug information and management of diseases, preventing misuse of drugs and implementation of laws regulating drug misuse and development of innovative ideas to further strengthen pharmaceutical services. The education system should enable a graduate to apply scientific knowledge in such a manner that can provide maximum healthcare services to the society and to the companies. So far the current undergraduate and postgraduate syllabus pursued by different universities in India had no uniformity and were basically industry oriented. A patient oriented pharmacy program called as Pharm.D program is commenced due to efforts of Pharmacy Council of India and the Government of India.

Factors responsible for changing new trends in Pharmacy education
Globalization:

The major change in 20th century has been the shift from independence to interdependence between individuals, organization and societies. 21st century being the century of globalization, many changes are bound to occur. Policy makers, educators and other stake holders should be prepared to face the challenge and should start the orientation of pharmacy courses before it is too late so that Indian pharmacists may compete in this world in near future. Globalization and free trade options in the last few years have opened-up the doors of international market not only to the business but also to education. Universities are opening their branches in different parts of the globe and offering different courses. Pharmacy education is no exception to this and globalization of the pharmacy is the reality.
Introduction of Pharm.D course: Patient oriented pharmacy program
 
With induction of Pharm D it is envisaged that the patient oriented program will give job opportunities to pharmacists in clinical aspects. Some of the major features of Pharm D program are:

 

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