Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy)
Doctor of Pharmacy provides a broad exposure to students in health care sector. Pharmacovigilance (ADR Detection and reporting), clinical research, clinical pharmacy, medical writing are various fields which are governed by clinical pharmacists.
With an incredible development of the health care services/ pharmaceutical industries, the demand for trained pharmacy professionals is increasing. Rising elderly population, chronic illnesses, and insurance cover are some additional contributing factors. Pharmacists are becoming more actively engaged in drug therapy decision-making and pharmaceutical care, who met this rising demand of trained pharmacy professionals. Pharmacy practice is a rewarding career in today’s expanding health care setting. Department of pharmacy practice was established at SCES’s Indira College of Pharmacy, Pune in 2016 with the introduction of Doctor of Pharmacy(Pharm D) Program, first time in private sector of Maharashtra. The department provides experiential training to Pharm D students to understand and undertake activities such as drug information, patient counseling, medication history interview, assessment of drug interaction, identify and resolve drug related problems pharmacovigilance, periodic safety update report (PSUR), Clinical Research, health screening program, community outreach program, etc. This training helps students to become leader in today’s dynamic healthcare environment by catering to the needs of the clinicians and patients and thus provides best pharmaceutical care to diseased patients.
Pharm. D PB (Post Baccalaureate)
This is a course which the students can take after graduation with B. Pharm this is 3 years course and the students who wish to pursue Doctor of Pharmacy can undertake this course. ICP has initiated this course from academic year 2019 – 20 with intake of 10 seats affiliated Savitribai Phule Pune University and approved by Pharmacy Council of India.
Pharm.D Doctors will be an asset to all the hospitals & physicians who will share the burden of patient care, drug safety, zero mediclaim errors, and medico legal and regulatory issues in a very efficient manner. They will also be an asset to insurance companies as qualified auditors of medical claims. As per the regulatory requirements of International accreditation bodies, Pharmacy practice department is an essential prerequisite for the hospital accreditations and the Pharm.D Doctors will be a great value addition. Some of the promising career options for Pharm.D. Include Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacoeconomics, Community Pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacist, Drug Liaison Officer, Health Insurance as well as Academics. Pharm.D can also be a stepping stone to proceed to cracking competitive exams like MPSC/UPSC or to gain greater heights research in pharmaceutical sciences.