WHAT IS B.PHARM OR B.PHARMA
The full form of B.Pharm (or B.Pharma) is Bachelor of Pharmacy. It is a four-year degree course which gives the fundamental knowledge of production, procurement, analysis, bioavailability, and dispensing of drugs.
Those who want to pursue B.Pharm (or B.Pharma) must have passed the 12th standard in the science stream with physics and chemistry as compulsory subjects. Many colleges conduct their own entrance exams. Most of the Colleges/Universities ask for a minimum of 55% passing marks in the 12th exam for writing the entrance tests for B.Pharma.
TOP COLLEGES FOR DOING B.PHARM (OR B.PHARMA)
The top 10 colleges in India which offer B.Pharma degree are as listed:-
- Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
- Punjab University, Chandigarh
- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research SAS Nagar
- Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Hyderabad
- Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
- Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal
- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Ahmedabad.
- JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty
- JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysore
The major subjects which are taught in B.Pharma are as follows;
This subject deals with fundamental knowledge of the physical pharmacy with arts and science of preparing the different conventional and novel dosage drug design.
This subject is all about the pharmadynamics and pharmakinetics.
This subject includes the study of identification, evaluation, extraction of crude drugs
4. PHARMACEUTICAL ANALYSIS
This subject includes fundamentals of analytical chemistry and principles of electrochemical analysis of drugs
5.HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
This subject deals with the structure and functions of the various systems of the human body.
6.PHARMACEUTICAL INORGANIC CHEMISTRY.
This subject deals with the inorganic drugs and pharmaceuticals
7. PHARMACEUTICAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
This subject deals with the classification and nomenclature of organic compounds forming in reactions of drugs
This subject deals with biochemical facts and the principles to understand the metabolism of nutrient molecules in physiological and pathological conditions
This subject is designed to impart fundamental knowledge of the relevant aspects of the pathology of various conditions with reference to its pharmacological applications
10. COMPUTER-AIDED DRUG DESIGNS (CAD)
This subject gives the introduction of Database, Database Management system, computer applications in clinical studies of novel drugs.
11. PHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY
This subject is designed to impart the knowledge of microorganisms especially for the production of antibiotics, vaccines, vitamins enzymes, etc.
12. PHARMACEUTICAL ENGINEERING
This subject is designed to impart fundamental knowledge on the art and science of various unit operations used in the pharmaceutical industry
13. MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
This subject is designed to impart fundamental knowledge on the structure, chemistry, and therapeutic value of drugs.
14. PHARMACEUTICAL JURISPRUDENCE
This subject gives basic knowledge on important legal rules and regulations, various important acts related to the profession of pharmacy in India.
15. PHARMACEUTICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
This subject is a relatively novel field in which the principles of biotechnology are applied for the development of drugs.
16. PHARMACEUTICAL QUALITY ASSURANCE
This course deals with the various aspects of quality control and quality assurance aspects of pharmaceutical industries. It deals with important aspects like cGMP, QC tests, documentation, quality certifications, and regulatory affairs.
17. PHARMACY PRACTICE
This subject deals with the good practices of dispensing the drugs
18. PHARMACEUTICAL REGULATORY SCIENCE
This subject refers to the fundamental knowledge on the regulatory requirements for approval of new drugs, and drug products in regulated markets of India & other countries like Europian countries, the UK, US, Gulf countries, etc. It gives the relevant information on the regulatory requirements, documentation requirements, and registration procedures for marketing the drug products
This subject with the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem.
B.PHARM COURSE FEES
The average B. Pharm fee ranges from INR 60,000 – 2 lakhs per annum.
SALARY AFTER B.PHARM
The average B. Pharm salary is INR 2.5 – 7 lakhs per annum, varies with the different job profiles
JOBS AFTER B.PHARM
After completing a B. Pharm. Degree, various job opportunities are available. Some of them are as follows:-
1. Drug Inspector
A job as a Drug Inspector is usually offered in the government sector. It is one of the most rewarding job opportunities available in the Pharmacy sector. A Drug Inspector is the authorized person to inspects the quality and testing of drugs
A pharmacist is a person who manages the drug store pharmacy. He receives the prescription and dispenses the desired drugs to the patient.
3. Medical representative:
A Medical representative is the marketing representative of a pharmaceutical company. Every company needs its products to be marketed in various different niches. So medical representative plays a vital role for a pharmaceutical company as he is the connecting link between doctors and drug store (Wholesellars & Retailers)
4. Quality Control and Production:
The person has to overlook the entire process of productions, to keep a check on the quality of manufacturing as well as the day-to-day workings of the production belt. Basically, work will require candidates to ensure that the drug or product being manufactured is at par with the standards of the company.
5. Medical transcriptor/coder:
A medical transcriptor is a person who encrypts and decrypts the relevant information of various pharmaceutical activity. In this job profile, the suitable candidate must have knowledge of pharmacology, an understanding of different medical abbreviations, or other medical and drug information. It enables the person to write a medical document in a short hand.
The B.Pharm graduate is eligible to open a drug manufacturing company or drug store. In this technology-driven world, one must possess sound knowledge of management skills along with the pharmacy.
7. Educational Institutions and Colleges
Several jobs are available in the educational field such as professor, assistant professor, tutor in colleges and educational institutions. Although master’s degrees are mandatory to teach in colleges, However, many colleges allow pharmacy graduates in various roles in their department.
8. Clinical Research Associate
Clinical research is one of the most important aspects of the pharma industry. Therefore, the career of a clinical research associate is important to the cause. They are an integral part of the clinical research process. Formulation, testing, developing, experiments, reporting, documentation, etc., the clinical research associate is a part of every process and works under the scientists conducting the research.
9. R&D Scientist
The R&D scientist is one of the most important jobs in the pharma industry. Their job entails researching diseases and developing their cures, re-evaluating old drugs and creating better formulations, researching and developing vaccines, having a deep understanding of chemistry and biology, conducting animal and human trials, writing reports on medical findings, are just some of the main expectations of R&D scientists.
10. Formulation Development Associate
Their job ensures that we keep getting better medicines over time that are more effective and have very few side-effects. This is an important job profile worth considering. It is the main job of the formulation associate to help in the development of the drug. They have to conduct in-depth studies, trails, experiments, and more to make better formulations
This article is written by;
Mr. Abhishek Chaturvedi
B.Pharma & MBA
(Former Production Officer – Lupin)
Email: [email protected]