DOES THE PHARM.D COURSE HAVE CAREER IN CLINICAL, PHARMACEUTICAL, RESEARCH AND ACADEMICS? : REVIEW ON SCOPE AND OPPORTUNITIES
Pradeep Kumar Thakur*, Shiv Kumar, Murali Krishna Kandukuri, Binu K Mathew and Sabbu Rahul
Pharmacy: the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, dispensing, monitoring and evaluation of medicinal drugs. Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy) is six year professional master degree course in pharmacy. Pharmacists are the 3rd largest health care professionals in the world and the pharmacy profession has been evolving steadily over the last decade, due to increased patient demands for variety of clinical services. This review summarizes the scope and opportunities of Pharm.D graduates across a wide range of clinical, pharmaceutical, academia, research and disciplines. The study also explored suggestion to encourage Pharm.D graduates to face challenges and guide a path to get suitable job. All studies that discussed Pharm.D scope and opportunities were considered for inclusion. A computer search was conducted for relevant articles in medline, pubmed, springer, medescape, google scholar and National & International pharmacy journals. The review study concludes that, there is a huge need of Pharm.D graduates in developing Asian countries like India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, in several sectors. However, Pharm.D graduates must be competitive, result oriented, qualified and highly skilled to get good opportunity. Policy maker, the government must encourage the scope and utilization of such manpower by updating the policies.
Keywords: Academics, Hospital, Opportunity, Pharm.D Career, Pharmaceutical, Research, Scope.
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