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Dear Friends,

I am very happy to bring to your notice that Pharm. D. is going to be launched in near future. So Plz be aware of the news as early as possible.

Pharm. D. programme:

It is a 6 years program during which 5 years is academic session and final year is completely bound to internship in hospital.

 Eligibility for Pharm. D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) (6 years programme)

10+2 (M.P.C./Bi.P.C.) or D.Pharm

 Subjects in each year: First year Pharm. D: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry, Remedial Mathematics/ Biology. Second Year Pharm. D:

Pathophysiology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Pharmacognosy & Phytopharmaceuticals, Pharmacology-I, Community Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapeutics-I.

Third Year Pharm. D: Pharmacology-II, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacotherapeutics-II, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Formulations. Fourth Year Pharm. D:

Pharmacotherapeutics-III, Hospital Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy, Biostatistics & Research Methodology, Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Toxicology

Fifth Year Pharm. D:

Clinical Research, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring, Clerkship, Project work (Six Months).

Sixth Year Pharm. D:

Internship or residency training including postings in speciality units. Student should independently provide the clinical pharmacy services to the allotted wards.


(i)  Six months in General Medicine department, and

(ii) Two months each in three other speciality departments 

 Hospital details to link with institute to run Pharm. D. or Pharm. D. & Pharm.D. (Post Baccalaureate) courses:

Hospital should have teaching facility (minimum 300 bedded Hospital), Pharmacy Practice Department, Specialties: Medicine (Compulsory and any three of the following)

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Skin and VD
  • Orthopedics

Pharm. D. Post Baccalaureate programme:It is three years programme with two years of study and one year internship or residency.Eligibility:-

B.Pharm completed students. But this type of approval was not yet given to any institute in Andhra Pradesh.

Number of seats under each programme allowed as per PCI

Pharm. D. Programme – 30 students.

Pharm. D. (Post Baccalaureate) Programme – 10 students.

Ref: Also. don't forget to see my other blog for list of PharmD Colleges in India

and useful discussion

>>>>Clarification regarding Pharm D. course


Indian Pharm D - No. 1 employer would be Pharmaceutical Industries

Useful Interview:

Q&A with Dr.B.Suresh on Pharm.D. program in India


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Author: Eswar GsnkRao

I am serving as Asst.Professor at VNIP and working towards my Ph.D . I would love to help pharmacy students (Yes ! GPAT also) and share whats happening in Pharmacy Colleges world. You can ckeck my GPAT Quizzes (FREE to practice) and book chapter about Pharmacy Courses in India (and jobs after courses)

If you would like to publish your college events, please email me eswar @ and i will share in my blog.


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A.R.Khan says:

Thanks for clarifying things ..I hope these "Pharm. D. Post Baccalaureate programme" students will be eligible for writing FPGEE. I think they should better checkout with NABP first. Because they always try to compare apple to apple . I mean Basic degree Vs Basic degree in US to obtain licence to practice. In this case though students do this programme they might not eligible to appear for FPGEE/Naplex, since their degree to obtain pharmacist license is only 4 years. This course is not part of degree. It is post graduation. But this is just my thoughts. Who knows actual rules. I hope NABP will consider these students and allow them to write FPGEE...

Submitted by A.R.Khan on Mon, 09/08/2008 - 23:03
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Dear Khan sir,
First of all thanks for your comments and bringing a new sense of discussion. I too think it is merely like PG for a B.Pharm completed student but what is the consideration US people will give to it, we may not expect, I think so. Let us feel happy that, this new course will atleast help to upcoming pharmacos...
eswar :-)


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Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 17:45
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sravani says:

Hi, actually in US foreign pharmacy graduate students can do pharma d, that is 3 yrs course for them. After that they are eligible to write NAPLEX , in India also it is 3 yrs, so I think NABP accept this pharma d course.


Submitted by sravani on Mon, 03/23/2009 - 00:19
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Hai eswar,
I heard this news earlier but not in detail thanks for giving details. I also heard that people who completed B.pharm will have chance to study pharm D for 3 years.Is this true..

Submitted by asrithavissapragada on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 01:09
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Thanks for your comment.
U can get the info from this blog itself in the bottom lines.
Plz do try to reply to the comments given by the readers to your blog. Such that add ups abt the topic will be entertained. GooD LucK.
eswar :-)


ESWAR :-) 

Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 18:07
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sijopharma says:

Good information, is there any provision for Mpharm (clinical pharmacy) holders for doing Pharm.D. Is there any institution in India which have got approval from the PCI for conducting Pharm D.

Submitted by sijopharma on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 05:26
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Thanks for your comment. Actually as per the PCI instrcutions, there is no info abt the provision for M.Pharm holders to enter into Pharm.D. It is available for B.Pharm students under the name Pharm.D. Post Baccalaurate programme as I mentioned in my other blog. U can  get info abt colleges offering Pharm.D. in India by visiting my other blog  Pharm. D. Colleges in India

eswar :-)


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Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 17:57
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abhi271183 says:

The M Pharm students can also take Pharm.D degree by undergoing an additional one year residency.

Submitted by abhi271183 on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 06:50
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Thanks for your add ups....
eswar :-)


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Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 17:48
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Sho says:
how can a can become a pharm.d by adding one residential year, how foolish is this, you mean to say those who have joined 3yrs pharm.d after b.pharm if they wish to leave the course early ie. by completing 2yrs then they will be awarded m.pharm. in clinical pharmacy/pharmacy practice/ pharmacology.................n also which degree in m.pharm will be awarded to the student...................n finally if m.pharmacist wants to become doctor of pharmacy then why pci allows m.pharm. candidate to teach in pharm.d colleges..........................................................................................................................i think only confusions are created by opening this course....
Submitted by Sho on Mon, 07/11/2011 - 16:50
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madhaviblr says:

the thought that we are starting a course to supply human resource to US or any other nation is very very displeasing. why dont we have opportunitues here itlself? and india does need a lot of hands at the basic pharmacist level. how come the b.pharm n d.pharm holder is qualified here to dispense while we need to clear lots of exams n get trained to practice there?
quality is necessary here too. it is not just proviosn of a livelihood to those who do b.pharm or choose pharmacy as a career.
there is a grear responsibility on us n i dont knwo when that will be realized.
i'm sorry i had to expel my dissatisfaction at the system... but i trust it is the naked truth.

Madhavi Bhavaraju
Submitted by madhaviblr on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 18:22
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A.R.Khan says:

Dear Madhavi,

Thanks for being bold. India needs too service of community pharmacists. But my worry is there is no set up or infrastructure for students coming out of this course to work ..After 6 years of study, where these people are going to work...? In hospitals ...for how much 5,000 rs per month ? I hope they will create opportunities for pharmacists from this course to survive in India. Normal M-pharmacy guy can survive by joining in pharmaceutical industry. These Pharm.D. Students from india will not get industry jobs either....No doubt this is very good course but ,............future of PharmD students scares me............

Submitted by A.R.Khan on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 20:46
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madhaviblr says:

that apart............ thank u so much for the information. atleast now our orientation towards pharmacy will change. may be this is the begining for a new era of health care in india. i hope there would be some bridge course or exam through which those who completed their pg /phd may pursue career as a pharmcist instead of doing the entire course again. if yes...let me know and i'm sure to join. i like the health care side of pharmacy than the industrial side.

Madhavi Bhavaraju
Submitted by madhaviblr on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 18:32
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U mean to work as pharmacist in India or abroad?
eswar :-)


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Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 17:46
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hello madam ,

I am SHILPA one of your student of ST ANNS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY. I think so that u remember me a person who took SULINDAC a kasi sir 's project . Its really exiting to meet u in this way through this PHARMAINFO.NET. How is your life madam and how r u where r u now madam.its very sad that you did not attend to our fresher's party madam. keep on sending the replies madam.

thanking you
yours student ,

shilpa.sambana st Ann's college of pharmacy
Submitted by shilpa.sambana on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 15:12
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Dear Eswar, It is a great effort by you to get so many details about this particular topic & also the way you have presented. Just superb. But I feel personally that this may face heat from the people who have worked so hard for their PhD & or people pursuing their PhD. I even have heard some comments which oppose this course & are planning for stopping the admission procedure.
I also have one suggestion for the PCI that they should select candidates who have the caliber & willingness to serve the society by doing this course. Also there must be proper screening to get bright students involved in the course or else the situation will be more like the B or D Pharm courses.

Submitted by lucky_pharmacist on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 14:42
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Thanks for your appreciation.
And as I had discussions on that Ph.D. issue, I came to know that Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) persons will get the honour "Dr." and it is not equivalent to the Ph.D. (Doctorate of Philosophy).
Pharm.D honour is just like the M.B.B.S honour.
And as you felt if there is access for really concerned persons then we can have fruitful results from the course.....
eswar :-)


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Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 17:45
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bhargav says:

my small question es that ,,i joined in pharm d course ,,,my question es wheather vinayaka mission s college of pharmacy ,,,es having eligibility fr cunducting post bachularate ....i mean i joined in dat course ,,,,dat s y ..i am asking plz guide ............

Submitted by bhargav on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 02:58
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Dear Bhargav,
To my knowledge, it has approval.
On which U joined there. Either management quota or through any other procedure?
eswar :-)


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Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Wed, 12/24/2008 - 04:44
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bhargav says:

thanks a lot ...and which university it belongs do u kwow ,,, i? mean vinayaka misision pharmacy collage .....and i joined by paying donation .................

Submitted by bhargav on Wed, 12/24/2008 - 06:15
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addi1091 says:

Dear eswar its great to see this information.Actually me too was searching for the same for last few months. If u could also include some details regarding the colleges approved/to be approved for the course in India then it wil be great!!!!!!!!

Submitted by addi1091 on Thu, 09/11/2008 - 11:10
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Iam really curious to get into the field after having read your blog....The blog is too good....I always wanted to find information about Pharm.D in India and you have helped me out with great satisfaction...Thank you...

Submitted by guptashubhranshu on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 18:03
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kalpanaj says:

How can intermediate students enter into Pharm.D. Based on EAMCET ONLY or any other exam is there? How can B.pharm students enter into 3 years Pharm.Dand how can M.pharm students enter into 1 year Pharm.D. Anyway your blog is very interesting and informative. Thank you very much for your details.


Submitted by kalpanaj on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 05:58
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sravyareddy says:

helo sir,
iam doing my intermediate second year(m.p.c.) in Andhrapradesh.i want to join PHARM.D. course.can u please give me the details of the course and colleges in andhrapradesh. Ur blog is really gud...

Submitted by sravyareddy on Sat, 11/15/2008 - 09:27
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Happy to see your interest in planning your future prospectus.
Coming to your query, U just visit the links:


eswar :-)


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Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Sat, 11/15/2008 - 13:52
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bhargav says:

my name es bhargav reddy ,,hi i joined in pharm d course i mean i completed my b pharm , from next month onwards class starts ,,if u want any information ,,contact ,,at present i am in hyderabad
my id

Submitted by bhargav on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 02:53
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sravani says:

Hi I am Sravani, I completed my B pharmacy in 2008. And now I am planning to do pharma d. So i want the colleges, which are recognised by PCI and AICTE that offer pharma D for B pharm students. I also need some information about the admission, if any entrance exam is there for admission or not and when the college will start. Presently i am in USA with my husband and to register as pharmacist here i need 5 yrs pharma degree, so planning to do pharma d in India. Actually, here b pharm students can do pharma d, it is 2.5 yrs course and after that they can write NAPLEX exam and law exam and they will be registered as pharmacist. But here pharma d course is very expensive so i am planning to do in India. I heard that after completing pharma d in India there is no need to write fpgee and soo... exams only NAPLEX is enough. So I want the information about the colleges. If any one know please inform me.


Submitted by sravani on Sun, 03/22/2009 - 23:33
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sangnya says:

im sangnya
ya can tellme all d details of pharm d with phd..
ima graduate in pharmacy n also a fresher
i wante dto join pharma d with phd now.
wat do u suggest n can u tell me whch colleges are offring this course dat are recognized byPCI and AICTE in hyd
plz do inform me about d fee structure n method of admission also
thank u

Submitted by sangnya on Tue, 06/02/2009 - 15:04
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Mukta says:


I'm originally from India, but my parents and I moved to the U.S. when I was 11. Currently, I'm a PharmD candidate in my third year in the U.S., and I was wondering if after I graduate I wanted to come and live in India for a while, what kind of job opportunities would I get? I would probably come after 2015.

Also, what kind of salary will these pharmD graduates get? The year I graduate, the projected salary for us is $150,000. I guess the salary in India would be no match for that, but still, will it be a good salary?

I'm really excited that they're finally starting a pharmD program in India. I've always wanted to go back and live there atleast for a while, but I've always been really skeptical if I could because of my career. But this has given me a lot of hope!!

Thank you!

Submitted by Mukta on Tue, 11/18/2008 - 00:46
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First of all I like to congratulate you by seeing your love and affection on Mother Land. Keep it up my dear.....
Coming to career of Pharm.D. candidates in India is under dreams only. Because the duration is 6 years and by that time what may be the drastic changes in Pharma Profession, we may not expect. Right?
However since India is also working towards upgrade of Community Pharmacy, we can expect some fruitfull results.
Hope by 2015, we can reach shining heights.
eswar :-)


ESWAR :-) 

Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Tue, 11/18/2008 - 06:14
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bhargav says:

hi after completion of pharm d ,again we should write all the exams like FPGEE and naplex,, i seen a article in paper ...i think in my openon no use of studying pharm ,initially i thought all the foreign exams r not needed they r telling that we should write .................
wat this ?..........................

Submitted by bhargav on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 07:09
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A.R.Khan says:

Naplex everyone has to write including American graduates (Pharm d's here)...FPGEE is for foriegn graduates. If your college is NABP recognized like PCI or AICTE recognization, perhaps you might escape fpgee. But those exams are not that difficult though . They are mainly objectice type and bit more focussed study is required.

Submitted by A.R.Khan on Wed, 12/24/2008 - 10:47
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bhargav says:

thanks a lot fr giving information regarding dis issue .........

Submitted by bhargav on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 17:19
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Hi everybody !
i was searchin for pahrmD (nontraditional ) programmes while i came across this website . it claims t fulfill the course requirments of PharrmD from usa for a period of 2.5 yrsbut thetuition fees is too high , interested ppl can have a look into this

Submitted by Rajeev J Mudakavi on Thu, 01/22/2009 - 18:05
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This is for the foriegn gradute people who already have license as pharmacist in U.S.A . I mean if you already in US and practicing as pharmacist and wanted to have PharmD in addition to B-pharm/M-pharm you have . Not indented for fresh graduates who are looking to write FPGEE to get license in US.

Submitted by . on Thu, 01/22/2009 - 19:18
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It would be possible to take lateral entry in d.pharm after completing the b.pharm...

Submitted by Ganesh chhetri on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 07:20
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param123 says:

pls provide me the details about colleges of pharma.d in india who offers three year pharma.d course

Submitted by param123 on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 05:06
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radhiphani says:

i completed bpharmacy i wish to join in pharma d can u proide colleges offering phama d in ap


Submitted by radhiphani on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 14:58
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Please go through the official list


ESWAR :-) 

Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 17:30
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mvrr9 says:


this is really looking good and very valuable to pharma students and pharmacy related professionals.
I hope i can get answers for my doubts.

1. I completed my b.pharm in 2008, Now iam tryng to do m.pharm.,in india.., Is it true that after doing m.pharm in india there is no eligibility to write NAPLEX or any other to get registrartion as pharmacist USA..?

2. If there is no eligibility, is there any other exam to be faced for us to get registerd.?

3.After completing M.pharm what is the route to approach to get jobs in pharma industries in USA.,., Is it compulsory to get registered as pharmacist in USA for apply job in industries located in USA..?

4.Is pharma.D is equal to M.pharm?

5. HOW can we compare Pharm.D student and M.pharm student?

6. can govt of USA can accept 6yrs course (B.pharm 4yrs +M.pharm 2 yrs) to get registerd.?

7.what are the oppurtunities offering US govt offfering to students completed M.pharm in india.?

Please any one can clear my doubts.., i hope i get...! thanx in advance..,

Submitted by mvrr9 on Wed, 05/27/2009 - 07:49
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sangnya says:

hellow sir
im sangnya a b.pharm graduate fresher..
im planing to persue pharm d now..wat do u suggest n can u give me d information as on what colleges are offering dis course in AP?
will i b a doctorate after dis?
n plz do give an inforamtion on d process of admission n fee details..
thank u

Submitted by sangnya on Tue, 06/02/2009 - 14:53
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Please go through the official list


ESWAR :-) 

Submitted by Eswar GsnkRao on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 17:29
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anil raj says:

hi bros n sis,
i jst compltd my b.pharm in2009,,, wanna do phamrD in india,,pls can any one say jobs offrd after pharmD in india,,pls eswar bro can i knw

Submitted by anil raj on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 13:59
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chaitanya17 says:

Dear sir
i completed my 10+2 (mpc)
i want to do pharm d.
am i late to take that decision.
if not so what are the colleges in wich still admissions are still open.
plz let me know that.

Submitted by chaitanya17 on Mon, 07/06/2009 - 10:52
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. says:

You need to contact colleges individually to see still seats are available. Check in and around Bangalore and JSS college , otty . Best of luck !

Submitted by . on Mon, 07/06/2009 - 17:13
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shiv sagar says:
Hi friends, This is to awake Indian B.pharm students and pharmacos(pharmD) of india and to share thoughts for the development of our health care industry by improving the quality of our services. Those who are very much intrested to serve health care industry in hospital setting -taking care of patients' health and councelling them.please take this as an important issue. Money making is ofcourse an important part our life.Infact PharmD was launched by PCI to make us eligible for NAPLEX. and give us a chance to settle as pharmacist in US once again.At the same time think of our country...That makes us to serve and help people of USA.But we are Indians,lets love to serve our people in India. friends.., just think of our native victims of Union Carbide..they dont even get proper food and drinking water facilities and proper health care services...and there are many such cases,well distributed in various states of our country. Population and spread of veneral diseases is also a kind of problem in India,infact this is one of the reason of consistant poverty in our country. sir why cant we have some changes in our indian health care system-presently both diagnosis and pharmacotherapy are being carried by medical doctors.why cant we have the clinical system which is similar to USA? Even our country has also launched pharmD course,so why cant we improve the quality of healthcare servicesin our country?. Its rapidly and surely possible -If legendaries like Dr.B.suresh and other members of PCI and MCI keep an eye on this issue,with combined support of our pharmD student communities could togetherly strive to improve the quality of our health care system just like that of USA. So my dear friends and doctors....,because its the matter of development in our country.I hope that you would encourage this issue I have created a community even in orkut 'Develop PharmD in India' So dear friends and teachers....lets share our thoughts on this issue and bring out with some conclusion ,whether it works or not... -shivsagar, VIPER.
Submitted by shiv sagar on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 16:10
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shiv sagar says:
Hello sir, Im in final year b.pharm,Im intrested much to join in pharmD(P.B) after my B.pharm.I came to know that in recent PCI-nabp meetings it was decided that Pharmd(P.B) course is de-recougnised and the students of it are not eligible to sit for fpgee and naplex. so they are going to stop offering P.B. course in India from next year.... Is that true...? sir please help me with your information. Thank u in anticipation... -shivsagar
Submitted by shiv sagar on Mon, 08/02/2010 - 14:59
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anil737 says:
hi eswar this is anil,i have read most of your comments and replys to students of pharmacy those are really informative and i really appreciate for your time .i have a querry sir pharm d(post baccalaureate) would be considered as graduate or post graduate course ? where does the course stand?
Submitted by anil737 on Fri, 10/29/2010 - 09:26
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anil737 says:
hi suresh babu sir, this is anil i juz want to mail you regarding the introduction of therapeutics 1 and 2 in 1st year portion of pharmd post baccalaureate it would be a really a tough job and will create extra burden to any student to complete whole therapeutics 1, 2,&3 in a single year with inclusive of 5 more subjects to study in 1year .the most imp subject in pharmd is undoubtedly therapeutics .if all therapeutics 1,2,&3 are to be studied in a single year ,student study the subject just to pass out of exam not covering all the topics going only through important topics to pass the exam this will ruin his life when he come with a degree but having no sound knowledge this shouldnt happen in pharmd. i suggest to include in 2nd year which has got only 3 subjects to study . hope pci will consider students request .
Submitted by anil737 on Sun, 11/21/2010 - 09:44