Pharmacists are working in the various fields like Pharmaceutical Industry, Practice (community
and hospital), Academics, Regulatory (government) and Clinical Research.
- The Pharmaceutical Industry in India is one of the largest and most advanced among the
developing countries. Besides providing employment to millions, it ensures that essential
drugs are available at affordable prices to the vast population of India.
- Pharmacists are practicing the following areas like community (retail) pharmacy, hospital
pharmacy and clinical pharmacy and they form a vital link between the physician, nurses and
the patients. As a core part of a health care team, Pharmacists are playing a key role in
assuring that medicines are supplied in a safe and effective manner along with relevant
information to the patients. Pharmacy professionals have thus entered the transitionary
phase, and are changing the roles from mere dispenser to medicine therapy managers.
- Pharmacist are working in Academics as a teachers involving various roles to play in the
teaching institutions/pharmacy colleges and also carry out continuing up gradation and
research work, liaison with industry and pharmacy practice.
- Pharmacists are working in the Drug Control Department in various section of CDSCO (central
drug standard control organization). CDSCO is the central body in India for drug control,
each state of the country has its own drug control department, having local jurisdiction.
- Drug control department (Drug Inspector, Asst. Drug Controller and Drug Controllers)
regulates and issuing of clinical trial approvals, manufacturing approvals, market approvals
and some work in the drug testing laboratory associated with the drug control departments
- Pharmacists are working in the area of clinical research. CROs (Clinical research
organizations) in India are staffed with a highly skilled work force, most of them armed
with various advanced technical qualifications.