The drug and pharmaceutical Industry generates employment for over 1.2 million people. The Pharmacy Council of India has prescribed a diploma in pharmacy as the minimum qualification required for registration. Registered pharmacists have opportunities in health centers, hospitals, and medical dispensing stores. A graduate pharmacist is recognized as an approved chemist. Other fields of employment include drug control administration as drug inspectors, analytical chemist, office of customs as an expert, etc.
Pharmacy is an important arm of the health industry. Pharmacists study the chemistry of drugs, their origin, procedures for the development of drugs, their preparation, dispensing, their effects an eventual use for prevention and treatment.
The Indian pharmaceutical industry has shown tremendous progress in terms of infrastructure development, technology-based creation and a wide range of production. Even while undergoing restructuring it has established its presence and determination to flourish in the changing environment. Strong scientific and technical manpower and pioneering work done in process development have contributed to this.
The recent regulatory and much awaited patent laws changes have lead the Indian pharmaceutical industry towards exploring newer avenues of drug development, thus, promising higher capital investment in the pharmaceutical industry. The Indian pharmaceutical research is backed by strong government support and availability of surplus skilled technical workers at lower costs.
At a growth rate of nine percent per year, the pharmaceutical industry in India is set for rapid expansion. Many multinational companies have penetrated into India with an aim to market drugs and conduct clinical trails. Thus, Indian pharmaceutical research, manufacturing, and outsourcing have received an impetus, thereby creating an image of a potential healthcare market and a land of opportunities in pharmaceuticals.
The economic liberalization policies coming to force in the 1990s and the strong emergence of private sector in the Indian economy has heightened the pace of development of the pharmaceutical industry and will continue to do so.
The candidates aspiring to join and excel in the drug industry must possess the following skills:
1. Scientific bent of mind.
2. Interest in medicine.
3. Good memory.
4. Ability to work methodically and accurately.
5. Empathetic attitude.
6. Excellent communication skills.
7. Oodles of patience.
8. Managerial skills.
9. Computer skills
10. Skills in merchandising selling financial management.
The Drug manufacturing sector needs the talents as under
Â· Molecular biologists: Involved in the study of gene structure and the use of proteins in medical and drug research.
Â· Pharmacologists: Study the effect of drugs and other substances on human organs and tissues and to study their effect on human life systems. Their job incorporates reinvestigation and reprocessing of existing drugs to improve drug value.
Â· Toxicologists: Drugs have to undergo tests for the measurement of toxicity. Toxicologists specialize in that.
Â· Medical investigators: They are engaged in development and testing of new drugs and critical to the research process due to their background in medicine and human biology.
They are in-charge of procurement, stocking, preparation and dispensing of medicines, drugs and other medical accessories.
They are the largest group of professionals in the field. In the retail sector, the pharmacist has to be a business manager to be able to run a chemist shop efficiently. The team of medical representatives from the large number of pharmaceutical firms in the country is on the increases.
Industrial & Research pharmacists:
Industries involved in the manufacture of drugs and healthcare products are largely owned by the private sector. Most firms are involved in the production of pre-formulated preparation and new formulations through their R&D work. A large number of multinational companies are entering into partnership with large Indian firms and government run research organizations mainly on technology agreements.