Pharmacology is the study of drugs- the way it reacts with a particular part of the body or the whole body or molecule/chemicals present in our body system and how it affects our body functions. It helps in discovering medicinal solutions for varied diseases, makes the medicines more effective, and how a particular medicine will benefit and cure one person.
Areas of Specialization:
Pharmacology is a part of the medical sector. Some top colleges provide this course which is as follows:
- NIPER-National Institute of Pharmaceutical education and research, Mohali
- University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh
- Banasthali Vidyapith, Jaipur
- ICT-Institute of chemical technology
- BCP-Bombay college of pharmacy, Mumbai
- MCOPS-Manipal College of pharmaceutical science, Manipal
- LMCP-LM college of Pharmacy, Ahmadabad
- IIT BHU- Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi
Courses & Eligibility:
|B.Pharm in Pharmacology||4 years||
|M.Pharm in Pharmacology||2 years||
|M.Sc. in Pharmacology||2 years||
|M.D. in Pharmacology||3 years||
Generally, drug companies hire candidates from this Pharmacology course which is as follows:
- Sun Pharma.
- Aurobindo Pharma.
- Cadila Healthcare.
- Torrent Pharma.
- Glenmark Pharmaceuticals.
- Candidates have to qualify for the relevant entrance examination.
- After qualifying the entrance students to go through the counseling followed by group discussion and personal interview.
- The selected shortlisted candidates are eligible for the admission process.
- The admission process is different for different Institutions. Some Institutions take the students by taking their career marks.
Some important topics of Pharmacology are as follows:
- Drugs Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
- Drugs Affecting Peripheral Nervous System (PNS)
- Drugs Affecting Cardiovascular System (CVS)
- Drugs Affecting Autacoids, Inflammation, and Gout
- Drugs Affecting Kidney Function
- Drugs Affecting Respiratory System
- Drugs Affecting Gastrointestinal System
- Drugs Acting on Blood
- Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous system
- Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents
- Knowledge of biology.
- Thinking and reasoning skills.
- Excellent verbal communication skills.
- Complex problem-solving skills.
- The ability to use your initiative.
- Analytical thinking skills.
- To be thorough and pay attention to detail.
- Excellent written communication skills.
- IPU CET
- MHT CET
- JEE Pharmacy
- AU AIMEE Pharmacy
Careers & Job Prospects:
Average Salary per annum
|Hospital Pharmacist||Hospital pharmacists are responsible for monitoring the supply of all medicines used in the hospital and are in charge of purchasing, manufacturing, dispensing and quality testing their medication stock along with help from pharmacy assistants and pharmacy technicians||2 lakhs to 3 lakhs|
|Clinical Pharmacist||Clinical pharmacists work directly with physicians, other health professionals, and patients to ensure that the medications prescribed for patients contribute to the best possible health outcomes. Evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the patient's medications||2.5 lakhs to 3.5 lakhs|
|Technical Pharmacist||Pharmacy technicians work with pharmacists to help prepare and give out prescription medication. They take prescriptions over the phone and in person, work with health professionals and customers, help mix medicines, count pills, measure medication, label, and give instructions for medicine.||2.5 lakhs to 3.5 lakhs|
|Researcher||Collecting data on consumers, competitors, and market place and consolidating information into actionable items, reports, and presentations. Understanding business objectives and designing surveys to discover prospective customers' preferences.||3 lakhs to 4 lakhs|
|Retail pharmacists||Retail pharmacists are responsible for dispensing and controlling both prescription and non-prescription medicine. They also advise customers on general healthcare. Retail pharmacists must work to legal and ethical guidelines. Processing prescriptions and dispensing medication.||2 lakhs to 3 lakhs|
|Food and Drug Administration||The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.||4lakhs to 5 lakhs|
|Sales and Marketing||Contributes information, ideas, and research to help develop marketing strategies. It helps to detail, design, and implement marketing plans for each product or service being offered. Maintains excellent relationships with clients through superior customer service.||5 lakhs to 6 lakhs|
|Professor||Being a part of educational institutions - provides/ teaches students about the practical and theoretical knowledge of pharmacology.||4lakhs to 6 lakhs|
Q: What is the difference between pharmacology and pharmacy?
A: The general summary would be that pharmacy is a professional field and area of study, while pharmacology is a more specific science that is studied either in its own right or as a part of pharmacy or other fields like medicine. Essentially, pharmacology is the science pertaining to the effects of drugs on the body.
Q: Can pharmacologists prescribe drugs?
A: Clinical pharmacologists are also often called upon to give advice outside clinical medicine and areas of medicine policy, and some have set up individual consultancies to provide advice on a wide range of areas related to drug discovery, development, and use.