Pharmacy is the health profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences and it is charged with ensuring the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs.
The scope of pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing medications, and it also includes more modern services related to health care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy, and providing drug information. Pharmacists, therefore, are the experts on drug therapy and are the primary health professionals who optimize medication use to provide patients with positive health outcomes.
Basically the course offers graduation in Pharmaceutical sciences which is the minimum qualification accepted for a registered pharmacist in most of the developed countries. This course teaches students how to prepare and dispense medicine and make the students to convey the drug related information to the public. This course enables graduates to clear doubts about the prescriptions given by the doctors and can give more valuable advices on the health care programmes. Pharmacy graduates are capable of evaluating drugs and drug use pattern.
In the western countries, we understand diagnosis of the patients are done by the Doctors but the Pharmacists decide the medicines and their dosage. Therefore, Pharmacy graduates have important role and can earn attractive remuneration and can occupy strategic positions. In the fast developing world, research and Development (R & D) in the pharmaceutical industry is progressing and advancing at a very high speed which calls for pharmacy graduates with attractive financial package in spite of the economic crisis prevailing now.
Graduates can attain highest qualification like Pharm D and demand higher salary. Graduates can look into most advancing branches in Genetic Engineering, Bio informatics, Nano Technology, Nuclear Pharmacology, Nutraceuticals etc.