The Pharmaceutical industries in India have always been a very bright prospect. In this field, there are three most important activities:
(1) Manufacturing of drugs
(2) Maintenance of quality control
Accordingly, the scope in pharmaceuticals includes:
(1) Manufacturing chemist:
He is an expert under whose direction and supervision, the drugs are produced. An aspirant with a graduate or postgraduate degree in pharmacy or chemistry coupled with extensive training is eligible for this important post. He should also be capable of obtaining a manufacturing license to step in. It takes many years spending huge amount of money that a new drug is released in the market after being tested by the Drugs Control Authority.
(2) Quality control:
Producing medicines is a sensitive issue. It is very essential that the ultimate product is effective and as per norms. A small mistake in mixing chemicals may cost the company very dearly. Those who have a bent of mind in chemical analysis and have thorough knowledge of the subject will find the job very satisfying. There are public and private drug testing laboratories in India whose task is to check the quality of drugs. A graduate in pharmacy can also join government agencies as an analyst.
A patient, i.e. consumer has no choice of his own to consume drugs and has to depend on a doctor’s prescription. The job of a salesman is to convince doctors of the effectiveness of medicines. Obviously the salesperson should have good knowledge of the product besides being active and mobile to move around the country. Usually a trained graduate in pharmacy, chemistry or biochemistry starts his career as salesperson and with experience rises to higher echelons. He should have good communication skill as well.
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (funded by the Government of India under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers) are situated in Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Hazipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mohali, and Raebareli.
10+2 or equivalent
- B. Pharm
- B.S Pharmacy + MBA (dual degree; 6 years)
- B.S. Pharmacy + M Pharm (dual degree; 6 years)
- KR Mangalam University, Delhi. Web: https://www.krmangalam.edu.in/
- Amity University, Noida. Web: https://www.amity.edu/
- Lovely Professional University, Punjab. Web: https://www.lpu.in/
- Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, Delhi. Web : http://www.dipsar.ac.in/
- Jamia Hamdard Faculty of Pharmacy, Delhi. Web : http://jamiahamdard.edu/
- Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Pharmacy, Delhi
- University of Delhi, Delhi. Web : http://www.du.ac.in/du/
- Ranbaxy Labs: Ranbaxy is the largest pharmaceutical company in India
- Cipla: Cipla is the second largest pharmaceutical company in India.
- Dr Reddys Labs
- Aurobindo Pharma
- Sun Pharma
- Cadila Health
- Jubilant Life