From last few weeks I was thinking about a post in which I could discuss about current status of pharmacy. during these days I received lots of comments and emails to discuss the topic so here I am with my post.Pharmacy in india started from very medieval period but it is never our matter of interest what we need to discuss is that what is the current status , what is its future and if it is down then what is the reason for this downfall .
WHAT A PHARMACIST DO
The major areas of a pharmacist can be listed as
TO PREPARE PRESCRIPTION
TO DISPENSE THE DRUGs
TO INFORM PATIENTS ABOUT THE THERAPY
TO WORK AS A MEDICAL REPRESENTATIVE
IN THE PRODUCTION OF DRUGS
MONITORING OF DRUGS IN MARKET
The current status of pharmacy is not so good by this I am not saying that there is a lack of investors or companies in this sector but what I want to point out is that numerous pharmacist are going jobless very few no of students are taking pharmacy as their career .lesser no of college are providing pharmacy as their course and even govt is not interested in the development of pharmacy. This downfall was was not preplanned but it appears somewhat after 2005. i don't know how many of us are aware about this that there are not even hospital pharmacies i countries like bangladesh.
answer my question how many of you has ever thought to be a pharmacist before joining the course ? I think that all of know the answer we will say that I wanted to become a doctor but was unable to clear a pre medical exam thats why I became a pharmacist. The major problems can be as follows
LACK OF PROMOTION : when we want to develop something we must promote it so that majority of people should be aware of it. as for pharmacy there is major lack of promotion students don't know about the course and colleges and believe me it is not only the problem for india but it is also the problem of whole world . we never talk about the course. no measures are taken to promote the course
LACK OF INTEREST AMONG STUDENTS why is it so that every single student want to become an engineer ,doctor why not pharmacist the answer is very simple yet complicated tell me how many times in your school you were taught about medicines or drugs? In every biology class teachers teach us about the disease but never told us the treatment . No headmaster motivates his students to become pharmacist. Pharmacy never comes to our mind till intermediate after board results we realise that yes pharmacy is also a course i can join.
GOVERNMENT POLICIES it is sometimes that when you want to develop government policies comes in way I do not no any other government research lab other than CDRI .government is focussing on genric drugs but what about the new drugs how they can be developed an promoted .polices like registration are too much hectic and they are still following the same old rules .very less no of government colleges if there are IITs then why there is no pharmacy colleges of that level
SOMETIMES EVEN THE COURSE sometimes the pharma course even seems to be boring and stretched i am saying that few subjects are repeated in every semester
LESSER NO OF OPPORTUNITIES from last few decades there is a huge increase in pharma graduates but there is lesser no of institutions for jobs or the criteria of job is totally different from the mode of teaching
as per very old saying solution always lies in the question in same way just reverse the problems you will get your solutions
TO GENERATE INTEREST the major problem is lack of interest therefore the solution is to make the students aware about the course let them know other than doctors or engineers they can also be pharmacists. implementation of topics like medicines in elementary school.
ACTIVE PROMOTION promotion can not always be done by authority but even pharmacist on his own can promote the profession just stop blaming the course achieve something big and let others to be a part of it .organisations like PCI can organise camps and seminars for promotions . government can do promotions by opening new colleges and institutes.
SHOW YOUR SOCIAL VALUE noting can be achieved in a single blow we have show other people what we do and what our course is upto this can be done by blogging ,social networking and meeting people making them aware about the work we do.
IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW POLICIES BY GOVERNMENT government must have to change all that policies that are old an it should must work on new policies like appointment of pharmacist in government hospitals ,promotion of research activities , and most important thing the government should must work upon the duties and area of doctors and pharmacists.
these were my views , i am sure that there may be questions , suggestions and of course corrections so please be a good reader and must tell me about them i will try to answer and implement them in my post