Pharmacy is a science and profession concerned with the safe and efficacious use of medication. Traditionally, pharmacists have compounded and dispensed medications on the orders of physicians. More recently, pharmacy has come to include other services related to patient care including clinical practice, medication therapy management, drug information, and poison control. Pharmacists are not just experts on drugs but the authority on drug use.
The duty of a pharmacist is to check the drug that is being given to patient or that is being produced in a pharmaceutical industry. The main purpose of their practice is to ensure the health of the patient by counseling the patient and guaranteeing that the right medication is dispensed.
Branches and Departments
The discipline of pharmacy is divided into three main branches
Pharmaceutics is the branch which deals with the presentation of drug or medicine in a suitable form which are also called Dosage forms and check the actions of drugs in a body.
2. Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Chemistry deals in the chemistry of drugs, their physical properties and nature.
Pharmacology works with the action of the drugs in the body.
Pharmacognosy is the mother of pharmacy. It deals with the extraction of drugs from natural resources i.e from animals to minerals and plants to microorganisms.
3. Pharmacy practice
Pharmacy practice relates to the people working at drugstores or hospitals whose goal is to dispense the drugs to the patients.
4. Pharmaceutical analysis
it refers to the analysis of any pharmaceutical drug and its stability, using various analytical techniques like gc-nmr, hplc, chromatography, etc.
- General Biology
- Medical Microbiology
- Laboratory Techniques
- Pharmaceutical statistics/Study Design
- Nonkilling Human Biology
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Clinical pharmacy/Pharmacy practice
- Pharmacy Calculations
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