Pharmacists Pay Increase in India

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Indian  Hospital Pharmacist Pay Scale  Revised  to Rs 9300-34800 .

Nov 18th,2009,New Delhi :  

While many people raising eye brows with the introduction of Pharm.D. Course (to become hospital pharmacist in India) , today Government of India  approved the Report of the Sixth Central Pay Commission . The Committee has recommended that the entry grade of Pharmacists in Central Government should remain at grade pay of Rs. in the pay band PB-. However, on completion of 2 years service in the entry grade, all the incumbents should be granted non-functional up gradation to the next higher grade having grade pay of Rs.4200 in the pay band PB-2.


" I am happy to state that the efforts made through Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) and Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) for the revision of Payscales for Pharmacisits has been successful" said Dr.B.Suresh , President, Pharmacy Council of India.

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Manthan D. Janodia's picture

This is a welcome move by the Government of India. As we know that traditionally Indian Pharmaceutical Sector is industry driven and Hospital, Community and Clinical Pharmacists do not get the due respect. Better pay scale in Industry was one of the factors attracting pharmacy graduates to industry.
With the revised pay scale, it would help pharmacy graduates to think of joining hospitals. The introduction of PharmD course in India is a first step in this direction. Hospital Pharmacists did exist in India but they were not recognized properly by the society. With government of India realizing the fact that hospital pharmacists are an important part of healthcare team, they have taken an appropriate action. Further, there has been an increase in corporate hospitals in recent years and demand for hosptial pharmacists may go up in future. Revision of pay scales would definitely bring a bright future for hospital pharmacists.
The "never say die" attitude of the current Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) president Dr. B.Suresh is worth emulating. He has taken many forward steps to upgrade the status of pharmacy profession in India.

Manthan D.Janodia

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