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What is the first thing that comes to mind, when you hear the word “Pharmacist”? I guess everyone will say “Medicine”. Because every person, at some point in their lives, seeks the assistance of a pharmacist. They guarantee patient’s safety first by providing the right medicine and also check the quality of medicine is up to the mark. Along with the prescribed drug, they provide critical advice and check to see if the medicine is appropriate for the patient's health. Their main focus is to improve patient health and care by confirming the medicines are used effectively.
On the 25th of September every year, World Pharmacist Day is observed. It is celebrated for the recognition of tribute and selfless contribution of the pharmacist around the world. The theme for world Pharmacist Day 2021 is “Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health”. Pharmacists play a major role in every aspect of the health care system, right from the beginning of the drug discovery till the dispensing of medicine to the Patient. Their roles are in various areas like Research and development, Clinical Research, Formulation and packaging development, Industrial Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, Supply chain Management, Drug Control Administration, etc.
Talking about the scenario of Pharmacy in India, Prof. Mahadeva Lal Schroff is known as India's "Father of Pharmacy", because he was the one to introduce a full-fledged 3-year B Pharm course at Banaras Hindu University for the first time in India. He is not a pharmacist by profession, but with his aptitude, comprehension, capacity, and broad vision, he steered not just pharmaceutical education but also the industry in India in the proper direction.
As of now in India, there are over 1800 Pharmacy colleges that offer Diploma, Degree, Masters & Pharm D courses. Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu are the top 3 states with the highest number of Pharmacy colleges.
India is also the world's largest supplier of generic medicines, ranking third in terms of volume and fourteenth in terms of value. With a robust network of 3,000 pharmaceuticals businesses and around 10500 production units, the country has a well-established domestic pharmaceutical sector. Because of the aforementioned reasons plus the rising pharmaceuticals business, India has the potential to become the “Pharmacy of the World”. It continues to meet the requirements of the world during pandemic times by distributing critical medications and kits all across the globe. India had also supplied approximately 66 million doses of covid vaccinations to 95 other countries.
(The writer is the Assistant Professor.
Government Pharmacy College, Sajong, Rumtek.
Sikkim and can be reached at : firstname.lastname@example.org)