The pharmacy profession comprising the industrial and practice sectors is undergoing
a rapid change. Indian Pharma industry which has registered a spectacular progress
today ranks 4th in volume and 13th in value in the global pharmaceutical market
with exports worth US Dollars 2.6 billion besides domestic sales amounting to over
US Dollars 4 million.
The ever expanding Pharma's industrial and practice sectors need clinically and
technologically trained pharmacy professionals who can face global challenges and
compete with the multinationals. The pharmacist is no longer a mere dispenser of
drugs but has assumed a more crucial role in medicine management and as overall
health care programmer.
PCI as a pharmacy educationist regulatory body has realized the need to strengthen
and upgrade the pharmacy curriculum to produce competent pharmacist workforce which
is able to meet the growing demands of the industry and community. As a step towards
this direction PCI has proposed some amendments to the Pharmacy Act which have been
submitted to the Health Ministry for approval.