Pharmacy About

Pharmacy is a science and technique of preparing, researching, and distributing medicinal drugs. A career in pharmacy will instruct you to work on preparing medicines and recommend dosages that patients should receive so that they can recover from their illness and remain healthy. Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who are responsible for ensuring that people derive maximum therapeutic benefit from their medicinal treatment.

Career Roles & Responsibilities
  • Serves patients by preparing medications, giving pharmacological information to multidisciplinary health care teams, and monitoring patient drug therapies.
  • Prepares medications by reviewing and interpreting physician orders and detecting therapeutic incompatibilities.
  • Dispenses medications by compounding, packaging, and labeling pharmaceuticals.
  • Controls medications by monitoring drug therapies; advising interventions.
  • Completes pharmacy operational requirements by organizing and directing technicians’ workflow, verifying their preparation and labeling of pharmaceuticals, and verifying order entries, charges, and inspections.
  • Provides pharmacological information by answering questions and requests of health care professionals and counseling patients on drug therapies.
  • Develops hospital staff’s pharmacological knowledge by participating in clinical programs and training pharmacy staff, students, interns, externs, residents, and health care professionals.
  • Complies with state and federal drug laws as regulated by the state board of pharmacy, the drug enforcement administration, and the food and drug administration by monitoring nursing unit inspection.
  • Maintains records for controlled substances and removes outdated and damaged drugs from the pharmacy inventory.
  • Supervises the work results of support personnel.
  • Maintains current registration, studies existing and new legislation anticipates legislation and advises management on needed actions.
  • Protects patients and technicians by adhering to infection-control protocols.
  • Maintains a safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Career Education Path Summary

How to Pursue a Career in Pharmacy




After Graduation

After Post Graduation


Class XII with science stream Any combination from PCB/PCM/PCBM

Pursue Bachelors in Pharmacy (B.Pharm) for 3 years

Pursue Masters in Pharmacy (M.Pharm) for 2 years OR Pursue Doctor of Pharmacy (Post- Baccalaureate) for 6 years

Pursue Ph.D. In Pharmacy


Class XII with science stream Any combination from PCB/PCM/PCBM

Pursue Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm) for 2 years You can get a lateral entry to Bachelors in Pharmacy (B.Pharm) 2nd year based on merit.

Pursue Doctor of Pharmacy (Post- Baccalaureate) for 6 years OR Pursue Masters in Pharmacy (M.Pharm) for 2 years if you have got later entry from Diploma to Bachelors in Pharmacy

Pursue Ph.D. In Pharmacy


Class XII with science stream Any combination from PCB/PCM/PCBM

Pursue Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) for 6 years



Important Facts

  • Must have passed class 12th or Senior Secondary Examination with at least 50% marks including English

 Leading Institutes

Top Pharmacy Institutes in India




Jamia Hamdard University


Bundelkhand University

Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh 

MET Institute of Pharmacy


Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research


Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences


University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Bombay College of Pharmacy


VELS University


Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University

Mysore, Karnataka 

Smt. Sarojini Ramulamma College of Pharmacy

Andhra Pradesh 

Birla Institute of Technology

Mesra, Ranchi 

Jadavpur University


The Oxford College of Pharmacy


PSG College of Pharmacy


Top Pharmacy Institutes in the World




University of Cambridge

United Kingdom 

National University of Singapore


Harvard University

United States 

University of Oxford

United Kingdom 

Imperial College, London

United Kingdom 

University of Melbourne


University of Michigan

United States 

University of British Columbia



 Pharmacy Entrance Exams



Tentative Date

Important Elements




Physics, Chemistry, Biology 

All India Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MU-OET)


Zoology, Botany, Chemistry 

Panjab University Common Entrance Test (P.U. CET)


Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology 



Tentative Date

Important Elements


Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT)


Physical Chemistry, Physical Pharmacy, Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Pathophysiology, Biopharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Pharmacy & Therapeutics, Anatomy, Physiology, Health Education, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Management, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence, Dispensing & Hospital Pharmacy. 

Similar Careers
  • Pharmacists working in pharmaceutical industries contribute to developing and manufacturing drugs.
  • They work across domains, such as in research & development, production & manufacturing, packaging, quality control, quality assurance, sales & marketing, and regulating affairs.
  • They can work as community pharmacists in a medical store, or pharmacy, or as a druggist.
  • Pharmacists in academia, may work as college faculty, teaching classes and performing research in a wide range of areas.
  • Pharmacists can work in quality assurance, data management, bio-analytical services, and report writing, etc.
Career Pros Details
  • As a Pharmaceutical researcher, you can research about new drugs, medicines, etc.
  • Pharmaceuticals sales and marketing is considered to be a highly technical arena and hence one of the best when it comes to perks.
  • Pharmacy graduates have an important role and can earn attractive remuneration when they work as pharmacists in the hospital pharmacy.
Career Cons Details
  • Becoming a pharmacist requires years of training and experience.
  • The work environment varies according to the type of pharmacy. If you’re working in a hospital pharmacy then it is open 24-Hour.
  • Often being associated with being a merchant and not a professional


  • Analyzing information
  • Administering medication
  • Judgment
  • Verbal communication
  • FDA health regulations
  • Pharmacology
  • Managing processes
  • Legal compliance
  • Productivity
  • Quality focus
  • Attention to details
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