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Study Leave to In-service Diploma Pharmacists to Undergo Pharm D

April 3, 2012 in association, pharmacist, Pharmacy Council


Ref.No.10-88/2011-PCI/47355-88                                         Dated : 2.3.2012



Sub:    Grant of study leave to in-service Diploma pharmacist to undergo Pharm.D course.



The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is a statutory body working under the Ministry of Health and F.W., Government of India.  It is constituted under the Pharmacy Act, 1948 to regulate pharmacy education & practice of profession in the country.

The PCI approves pharmacy courses for the purpose of registration as a pharmacist to practice the pharmacy profession.  In 2008, the PCI with the approval of the Ministry of Health & F.W. has introduced Pharm.D. course of 6 years duration.  The Pharm.D. Regulations, 2008 duly notified in the Gazette of India, Part III – Section 4, No.19, dated May 10 – May 16, 2008 are available on Council’s website “”.

Salient features of Pharm.D. course –

a)   Pharm.D. is a 6 years course after 10+2 (science academic stream) and 3 years course after B.Pharm.  It is a registrable qualification under the Pharmacy Act.

b)   The Pharm.D. curriculum features an integrated approach to delivery across disciplines and training in essential professional and generic skills and attitudes that are embedded and holistically assessed through an innovative approach to teaching and learning.  Graduates will be optimally equipped to deliver first rate pharmaceutical and healthcare to the society.

c)   The Pharm.D. curriculum integrates four study streams –

-     Drug delivery.

-     Integrated therapeutics.

-     Enabling knowledge base.

-     Pharmacy practice.

d)   The co-ordination & integration of Pharm.D. students with the Doctors starts at 5th year of the Pharm.D. course itself in the form of clerkship by way of attending ward rounds on daily basis.

e)   During 6th year of Pharm.D. course students are imparted internship/ residency training including positings in speciality units.  Under the supervision of the Doctors, students is taught to provide clinical pharmacy services to the allotted wards as per following details -

i)    Six months in General Medicine department, and

ii)   Two months each in any of the following three speciality departments  -

1.   Surgery

2.   Pediatrics

3.   Gynecology  and obstetrics

4.   Psychiatry

5.   Skin and VD

6.   Orthopedics

f)   During the internship, students are given extensive training alongwith health care team comprising of nurses, doctors etc. to ensure health services to the patients as is evident from the objectives of training as laid down under Appendix-C of the Pharm.D. Regulations, 2008, which are as under –

i)    to provide patient care in cooperation with patients, prescribers, and other members of an interprofessional health care team based upon sound therapeutic principles and evidence-based data, taking into account relevant legal, ethical, social cultural, economic, and professional issues, emerging technologies, and evolving biomedical, pharmaceutical, social or behavioral or administrative, and clinical sciences that may impact therapeutic outcomes.

ii)   to manage and use resources of the health care system, in cooperation with patients, prescribers, other health care providers, and administrative and supportive personnel, to promote health; to provide, assess, and coordinate safe, accurate, and time-sensitive medication distribution; and to improve therapeutic outcomes of medication use.

iii)  to promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention in co-operation with patients, communities, at-risk population, and other members of an interprofessional team of health care providers.

iv)  to demonstrate skills in monitoring of the National Health Programmes and schemes, oriented to provide preventive and promotive health care services to the community.

v)   to develop leadership qualities to function effectively as a member of the health care team organised to deliver the health and family welfare services in existing socio-economic, political and cultural environment.

vi)  to communicate effectively with patients and the community.

In this way, Pharm.D. passed out students are well suited to the growing needs of Health care system in our country.


In view of above, it is requested that in-service diploma pharmacists be given an opportunity to upgrade their qualification and skills and granted study leave to undergo Pharm.D. course.  This will help the pharmacists to acquire new skills and utilize it for the betterment of public health.


Yours faithfully


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PCI has Written to Govt.

April 2, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

PCI has written to all state govt. and union govt. that In-service diploma/B. Pharma pharmacists be given an opportunity to upgrade their qualification and skills and granted study leave to undergo Pharm.D. course.  This will help the pharmacists to acquire new skills and utilize it for the betterment of public health.

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PCI fails to update Central Register providing exact data, information on pharmacists

March 29, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

Thousands of pharmacists in the country are agitated over the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI)’s indifferent attitude in maintaining the updated Central Register of pharmacists that provides exact data and information about the number and thestatus of pharmacists in the country.

The agitated pharmacists said that the PCI has so far failed to maintain the updated Central Register of pharmacists even though it is mandated under Section 15-A of the Pharmacy Act 1948 to maintain a Central Register, which shall contain the names of all persons for the time being entered in the register for a State. Central register is very important to be maintained by the council as it will provide exact data and information at central level for any future policy, they said.

Experts in the pharmacy profession said that under Section 15-A of Pharmacy Act 1948, it shall be the duty of the Registrar of the Central Council to keep the Central Register in accordance with the orders made by the Central Council, and from time to time to revise the Central Register and publish it in the Gazette of India. The Central Register shall be deemed to be public document within the meaning of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 (1 of 1872) and may be proved by the production of a copy of the Register as published in the Gazette of India.

Interestingly, PCI registrar-cum-secretary Archana Mudgal in reply to an RTI sought by Pankaj Jain, president, Fight For Right, said “Central Register is maintained on the basis of inputs received from State Pharmacy Councils in the form of hard copy or electronic form as the case may be. No data for the last five year is received from the Rajasthan State Pharmacy Council. The information is available on the various files and hence the information has to be created and involves voluminous work.”

But, as per Section 15-A of Pharmacy Act 1948, each State Council shall supply to the Central Council five copies of the register for the State as soon as may be after the first day of April of each year, and the Registrar, of each State Council, shall inform the Central Council, without delay, all additions to, and other amendments in, the Register for the State made from time to time.

Experts said that the Central Register provides central data of pharmacists which is used to monitor all the pharmacists of country. After obtaining a degree or diploma in pharmacy a student has to approach one of the state pharmacy council to get himself registered as pharmacist and gets a license to practice in that state. The data regarding pharmacist is sent to central council i.e. PCI to maintain central register. Every year thousand of persons get new registrations and hundreds are passed away whose names must be removed from the register.

It is only by central register the central government knows how many active pharmacists with what qualifications, gender, age etc. are present in country and accordingly frame future health policy.
Source: Pharmabiz

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PCI is preparing central register

February 18, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

Maintainance of central register by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) containing the name of all persons for the time being entered in the register for a state is a mandatory requirement u/s 15-A of the Pharmacy Act, 1948. The data of registered pharmacists in the states has to be provided by the State Pharmacy Councils to the PCI after the first day of April of each year as per sub-section (2) of section 15-A of the Pharmacy Act. The PCI is not able to fulfill this mandatory requirement due to non-reciept of the register from the State Pharmacy Councils inspite of regular and repeated reminders.

Therefore PCI has requested the State Pharmacy Councils to provide the data of registered pharmacists upto 01.04.2011 alognwith a CD to enable the council to maintain the central register.


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KSPC enforces section 46 of Pharmacy Act to make uniform mandatory for working pharmacists

December 28, 2011 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

In a move that may bring a major change in the overall performances of the working pharmacists in the state, the Kerala State Pharmacy Council (KSPC) is gearing up to strictly enforce section 46 of the Pharmacy Act 1948 from January 2012 onwards, under which no pharmacy outlet will be allowed to work without registered pharmacists dressed in uniforms.

As per the Act, every working pharmacist, whether in government sector or private sector, has to follow the code of conduct prescribed in the act, said K C Ajith Kumar, president, KSPC. He said this is in addition to the reform being implemented by the council by enforcing section 42.

With the implementation of section 46, uniform for pharmacists working in the pharmacies of hospitals and medical shops will become mandatory. No pharmacy outlet will be allowed to work without registered pharmacists dressed in uniforms.

“We have started the programme in certain areas of some districts tentatively, and it will be implemented in all the 14 districts from January onwards. Notices were already issued to all the hospitals, clinics and medical shops. Practical training has also been given to 17000 working pharmacists in a period of 10 months. The state drugs control department has also agreed to co-operate with this mission of the pharmacy council. Soon Kerala will become the first state in the country with all working pharmacists clad in uniforms,” Ajith Kumar told Pharmabiz.

He said the pharmacy council has chalked out a training programme for registered pharmacists and it will commence from March onwards. All the employed and unemployed pharmacists can join the three months program which will provide practical training classes for managing a drug store, retail dispensary, billing and management of clinical pharmacy. All graduates and diploma holders of pharmacy can enrol for the course with a nominal fee.

“The fresh graduates of pharmacy are not efficient to run a pharmacy or retail shop without training. Our advanced training programme will equip them to manage a store and provide the technical know-how required for better clinical and store practices. The first batch of the program will comprise 50 pharmacists and the duration of the course is three months,” the president of the pharmacy council said.

With this goal in view, the pharmacy council has established an institute for advanced training course, and in the end of the course a certificate will be issued to the participants.

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AP DCA raids pharmacy stores and books 281 cases against defaulters

November 24, 2011 in DRUGS CONTROL, pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

In a major crack down on pharmacies for operating without registered pharmacists, the Andhra Pradesh Drug Control Administration (AP DCA) conducted raids on the retail and corporate pharmacies in the state and booked as many as 281 cases against the medical shops spread across the state.

In the raid, it has been found by the AP DCA officials that more than 70 per cent of the pharmacies in the state are operating without registered pharmacists and do not issue regular bills to consumers.

The raids were conducted by DCA as a part of its special drive to check the functioning of registered pharmacists in the state. The drug inspectors and other DCA officials found various irregularities by many medical stores and issued notices to them especially with regard to the absence of the registered pharmacists and for selling outdated drugs at the stores.

Corporate pharmacies like Apollo, Hetero Pharmacy, Medimart and Medplus were also raided.

When contacted a DCA official said, “We have conducted the raids as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (DCA), the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 (DCR). Many pharmacies are not complying with the rules and acts as mentioned while issuing the license.” Based on the complaints, the DCA has acted on the pharma stores and brought to light many irregularities.

About 406 retail medical shops throughout the state were raided  and out of these 281 retail medical shops were found selling medicines in the absence of registered pharmacists and without bills.

All the licensing authorities and assistant directors were directed to issue show-cause notices to the violators and appropriate action following the notices would be taken by the licensing authorities.

“We have noticed that registered pharmacists were not available at many retail pharmacies. So, the DCA inspected over 406 retail medical shops, including retail outlets of corporate pharmacies. Out of these, 281 medical shops were found selling medicines without pharmacists or without bill,” Said  R P Thakur, director general of DCA, Andhra Pradesh.

“We have even found that some expired drugs are being sold without bills and we have checked all these aspects while raiding the shops,” Thakur said.

“In addition to issuing show-cause notices, the shops will be closed for one week. If the same violation is repeated, we will cancel their license,” he said.

Source: Pharmabiz

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Pharm D an approved qualification for teaching

November 21, 2011 in Pharmacy Council


It may kindly be recalled that vide notification published in Gazette of India, Part-III, Section-4, No. 19, May 10- May 16, 2008, the Pharmacy Council of India has introduced Pharm.D qualification as a registrable qualification under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.

In this connection, I am directed to inform that Pharm.D. qualification from an institution approved by the PCI u/s 12 of the Pharmacy Act 1948 is an approved qualification for teaching D.Pharm, B.Pharm, M.Pharm and Pharm.D./ Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate) courses. As such a candidate holding Pharm.D. qualification from an institution approved by the PCI u/s 12 of the Pharmacy Act, 1948 shall be eligible for consideration for teaching posts at appropriate level in pharmacy institutions.

This is for information.

Yours faithfully





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KSRPA urges PCI to revamp D Pharm as 10+5 years course

November 13, 2011 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

Karnataka State Registered Pharmacists Association (KSRPA)is  insisting that the D Pharm needs to be restructured as 10+5 years  which is after SSLC +5 study course. The streamlining of the course pattern would become more effective for the candidates who would be able to get the required knowledge and experience in the field.

With the pharmaceutical industry on an aggressive growth path, there is need to reorganize the education system in the diploma  space, Ashokswamy Heroor, president, Karnataka State Registered Pharmacists Association (KSRPA) told Pharmabiz.

The Association has now urged the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) to restructure the diploma course as a 10+5 year one. The requirements of 500 hours training may also be included as part of the 3 years study. The 500 hours could also be increased to 1000 hours which could cover dispensing and cosmetics manufacturing activities, he added.

“Alternatively, we suggest that the D Pharm could also be restructured as a 10+2+3 (SSLC+PUC+3) year study pattern. The compulsory training period may be embedded in the third year study,” stated Heroor.

New subjects like blood banking techniques, drug interaction reporting, clinical trial techniques, de-addiction procedures, computer basics, regulatory affairs, defending procedures in courts, consumer protection laws and provisions of the Right to Information Act, Weights and Measures Act, Packaged Commodities Act, need to be added on. Such topics would add much relevance to the current industry scene and prepare the candidate with the theoretical know-how which can be applied on the job, he said.

There is also a need to include the subject of Drug Price Control Order in the third year of the course. “It would help the candidate to not only upgrade the knowledge, get better job opportunities, but also help in handling the drug related offences like sale of spurious drugs, stated the president, KSRPA.

By adopting the 10+5 years system or the 10+2+3 years, the pharmacy colleges will also benefit in many ways. There is no doubt that the reoriented system will result in increasing the quality of pharmacy education and will give a fillip to the profession. Hence in the interest of all registered pharmacists, the KSRPA has urged the PCI to restructure the diploma study in pharmacy, stated Heroor in his representation.

According to Heroor, the decision to revamp the D Pharm comes in after the New Education Regulation 91 issued by the PCI said that diploma in Pharmacy comprises of two years of class room study after pre university course followed by the practical session of 500 hours spread over not less than  three months. “Under this D Pharm holder would have 10+2+2+1/2 years of study. The length of the course is viewed to disadvantageous for the candidates.”

The key detriments would be that the D Pharm with this syllabus  would come in the way of promotions for those in government service as they would be recruited as junior pharmacists and would have to retire in the same post. They are denied promotions to the senior pharmacists levels on the ground that these candidates do not have 15 years of formal schooling.

Another factor against the course is that candidates are not eligible to register as voters under the Graduate’s consistency for the same.

Despite the hue and cry to alter the pattern of D Pharm course as 10+4 after SSLC, the PCI had vetoed down the proposal. Now KSRPA has taken on the onus to recommend restructured as 10+5 years which is after SSLC +5, said Heroor.

Source: Pharmabiz

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AP Pharmacy Council to appoint inspectors to check hiring of certificates by medical stores

November 11, 2011 in DRUGS CONTROL, pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

The Andhra Pradesh Pharmacy Council has launched a campaign against registered pharmacists who hire out their certificates to other unqualified persons for running medical stores. The council is planning to recruit Pharmacy inspectors in the state to check the illegal renting of certificates.

“Over the past 30 years, lending of certificates has become a regular practice by the pharmacists. More than 90 per cent drug stores are violating the norms of recruiting a qualified pharmacist for dispensing the drugs. Instead they are hiring certificates from registered pharmacists and employing unqualified people at the stores. To check this menace, we are planning to recruit 26 new pharmacy inspectors by the end of this year. These inspectors will have the authority to check and inspect the medical shops for any misrepresentation,” said Annappareddy Vijayabhasker Reddy, president, AP Pharmacy Council.

According to 1948 Pharmacy Act 26 (A), lending or impersonating certificate is a crime and if found guilty it will amount to a punishment of 6 months imprisonment along with a fine of Rs.1000. The council even has the right to derecognize the certificate.

To speed up the registration process and bring accountability in the council’s activities, the newly elected president is also planning to atomize the registration process. “We want to shun the old practice of issuing certificates manually, rather we want to computerize all the processes and make it online for the convenience of the candidates. We want to digitize all the earlier data and store it in a master server. This will enable us to retrieve and verify any query easily in future,” said Reddy.

For this academic year, the council is planning to complete all the registrations by the end of January 2012. So far, 71,000 pharmacists have been registered in the state, another 50,000 pharmacists have not got registered due to the issues related to non recognition of institutes. Next year it is estimated that about 72,000 pharmacists will get registered as the profession is slowly getting its recognition.

During the past 6 months, the council could generate a revenue of Rs.70 lakh by increasing the registration fee from Rs.500 to Rs.5000. “During the past 30 years, the state council could generate only Rs.2 crore of revenue, while other states like Maharashtra and Kerala have generated Rs.22 crore and 11 crore respectively. We are far behind them. Now, as we want to modernize and provide much better services we need money and thus we have increased the registration fee,” Reddy said.

Source: Pharmabiz

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PCI to change syllabus for D. Pharm to make it healthcare oriented

October 8, 2011 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), the statutory body formed to regulate the pharmacy education and practices in the country, has decided  to change the syllabus for diploma in pharmacy course (D. Pharm) to make it healthcare oriented. The changed syllabus is expected to be introduced from next academic year.

Sources said that though a decision to this was taken in its Central Council Meeting held in February 2011, discussions are still on to prepare the nitty-gritties of the changes that have to be effected.

Experts said that the decision to make changes in the syllabus was taken as the PCI noticed that the syllabus, prepared way back in 1991, for the diploma course was vast, and the students were finding it difficulties to absorb the course. The changing scenario of pharmacy and current modern development makes it necessary to change the syllabus frequently.

The syllabus for each technical course needs to be updated to meet the current requirement of the country or to put new development in the new course, experts feel.

Dipankar Chakroborthy, vice president, PCI said, “We have not changed the syllabus for such a long period after it was set in 1991 and the expectation of  the minimum registrable qualification of pharmacist may be changed from diploma to degree. But that  decision of the central government is pending. Now it has been decided that PCI cannot wait for indefinite period for the decision of the Government to change the syllabus.”

The members of the Council has decided that the modification of the syllabus should be taken up on priority basis. While deliberating on the issue, members had pointed out that there is a need to look at the syllabus from the healthcare point of view, i.e. whether the students coming out of the institutions can act as a healthcare provider in the current healthcare set-up.

Chakroborthy informed that the present syllabus is not serving the current healthcare need. It was resolved that the diploma syllabus need to be thoroughly revised and should be made healthcare oriented.

PCI is responsible to provide a pharmacy education that focuses on the future requirements of pharmacists in the country, taking into consideration the demands of the healthcare landscape in the future. It is therefore important that the pharmacy education should be constantly revised and updated to meet the challenges.

PCI regulates the profession of pharmacy and frames education regulations prescribing the conditions to be fulfilled by the institutions seeking approval of the PCI for imparting education in pharmacy and to ensure uniform implementation of the educational standards throughout the country.

Source: Pharmabiz