Profession of Pharmacy

Profession of Pharmacy

Profession of Pharmacy is one of the frontline noble health care professions which cater to the growing needs of both the Pharma Industry and the Health care sector, to ensure, the availability of quality drugs for effective Pharmaceutical care with all ethical values and holistic patient counselling approach for the larger interest of the health of the nation.

Manufacture of quality medicines, with strong focus on Research & Development, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Talent Management, Supply chain management, Risk management, Safety studies followed by its distribution and dispensing care leading to effective pharmaceutical care with regulatory control are the key components for delivering goods and services for an effective health care. As such the role and importance of pharmaceutical sector and healthcare sector needs no emphasis.

Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and rules made there under in 1945 are enacted to ensure the availability of quality medicines. The Manufacture, sale, distribution and import of Drugs is regulated under the provisions of this D&C Act.

The India Pharmaceutical Industry is one of the front ranking science based industries with wide ranging capabilities in the complex field of drug manufacture and technology providing employment for millions, and ensuring that essential drugs of standard quality at affordable cost are available to the vast population to meet the dynamic challenges of the health care system. Globally the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry ranks 4th in terms of volume and 14th in terms of value.

With the emerging global concepts coupled with technological advancements in the frontiers of Pharmaceutical Technology, the Indian Pharmaceutical sector has registered a steady growth with remarkable progress during the vital period of new super cycle of global economic growth.

India is slowly becoming the global destination and the most preferred country for many international units to start their Pharmaceutical units in India for various reasons. The steep rise in acquisitions, mergers and strategic alliances has further made the Pharma players more competitive. Further, the number of Drug Master Filing, ANDA, USFDA approved plants (outside US in India), stands as a testimony of the commitment of the Indian Pharmaceutical sector for its mission towards dominating the global market. Indian facilities are awarded the prestigious International awards for best facilities.

Salient Features
Health Care
General Opportunities in Pharma Industries
Government Sector/ Enforcement
Career Opportunities in the field of Pharmacy
Salient Features
  • The Pharmaceutical industry in India is in the forefront of the country’s science based industries with wide ranging capabilities in the complex field of drug manufacture and technology.
  • Large, Medium and small Pharma players totalling around 25000 Pharmaceutical manufacturing units in India, are employing around 1.5 million people.
  • The Indian Pharma industry has grown from a mere Rs.1500 crores turn over in 1980 to approximately Rs.1,00,700 crores in 2009-10.
  • Indian Pharma companies produce about 20-22% of the world’s generic drugs in term of value.
  • The Indian Pharmaceutical industry maintained its momentum in the recovery period of recession and registered a growth of about 18%.
  • Mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances promotes collaboration between Pharma majors and Indian drug companies
  • The India Pharmaceutical market is expected to grow to US$32 billion by 2015.
  • The Indian Pharmaceutical industry is one of the world’s largest, ranking 3rd in term of volume and 14th in term of value in the global pharmaceutical industry.
  • India is emerging as a global hub for pharmaceutical exports. The US and Europe remains the biggest export destination for Indian generic manufacturers.
  • India has largest number of USFDA approved plants outside the United States.
  • The number of Drug Master Filing (DMF) submission by India has increased to a considerable extent, so also the Indian ANDA approved by the FDA has increased substantially.
  • By 2015 Indian Pharmaceutical market is expected to rank among top 10 in the world.
  • Indian clinical trials market is growing very fast.
  • India is going to be a global destination for clinical trials due to huge patient base, low cost advantage, time management, coupled with the support of the Government.
  • Indian contract research industry has also grown tremendously resulting in a growth of number of CRO’s in the area of drug discovery and development.
  • Currently there are more than 150 CRO in India out of which 20 comply with ICH-GCP guidelines.
  • R&D has now emerged as the focus area of Indian Pharma Industry.
  • Indian Pharmaceutical Industry with its present rate of growth will create excellent employment opportunities for competent Pharmacy graduates.
  • Hence a world of opportunity exists in Pharma global village for Pharmacy graduates.
Health Care
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Store Pharmacist
  • Hospital Pharmacy Management
  • Chief Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Institutions
General Opportunities in Pharma Industries

Placement opportunities in the core areas of:

  • Production planning control
  • Integrated Product development
  • Manufacturing of Pharmaceutical Branded Formulations (Parenterals & other than parenterals)
  • Manufacturing of Pharmaceutical Generic Formulations
  • Manufacturing of Cosmetics
  • Manufacturing of Ayurvedic Formulations
  • Quality Control of Raw materials
  • Quality control of finished products
  • Quality Assurance and Process Validation
  • Intellectual Properly Management
  • Formulation – Research & Development
  • Analytical – Research & Development
  • Risk Management in Pharma Industry
  • Industrial Regulatory unit / documentation / statistics / BMR / Compliance etc.,
  • Packaging of Pharmaceutical formulations
  • Q.C. of Labelling and Packaging Materials
  • Pharmaceutical scientific literature development
  • Pharmaceutical marketing and marketing research studies
  • Detailing
  • Logistics and supply chain system
Government Sector/ Enforcement

Drugs Control Administration:

  • Drugs Inspector- Rule 49 (D&C Rule)
  • Licensing Authority – Rule 49A
  • Controlling Authority – Rule 50A
Career Opportunities in the field of Pharmacy

In the light of the above observation, there is a huge potential of employment opportunities for quality pharmacy graduates of industrial expectation. The key areas of employment opportunity for the Pharmacy graduates include:


  • Formulation Industry – Generics, Branded, Cosmetics, Ayurvedic
  • Bulk Drug Industry (API Units)
  • Government sector – Regulatory Division – Enforcement of Act
  • Research & Development
  • Clinical Research Organizations
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Retail / Wholesale / Community Pharmacy / Trade
  • Teaching
  • Placement abroad and others
  • Allied sectors


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