Pharmacists in india particulalry at the service frontiers like retail medicine outlets and in the hospital are suffering both social and economic humiliation for no fault of them. They chosed the available pharmacy course, studied and passed the approved examination only to find themselves as an alien in the health sector with no status, identity and professional freedom besides very poor remuneration.
The stakeholding agencies like academe and regulatory, cannot remain unconcerned, as this has been and will be cruel joke on the lives of millions of pharmacists of the past, present and future.
The profession needs to be restructured with full understanding of the structure, functioning and needs of the field. The services of industries and pharma trade, marketing sector and health sector should be roped in and involved to bring out a pharmacist with inbuilt professional quality.
Hence , we need to produce pharmacists with initial professional glow and shine.
Here I wish to share my write up on the issue published recently in the INDIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY PRACTICE (IJOPP) VOL 6 ISSUE 4: Oct 2013