Pharmaceutical Technology (SS)
TNEA Code : 0002
Pharmacy is the study of the origin, preparation, properties, effects, dosage and dispensation of medicines. Modern technology has influenced the pharmaceutical industry as well and the old method of mixing chemicals and potions has been replaced by mechanised concoctions and manufacture of medicines. Companies like Dr. Reddy's and Ranbaxy have accomplished what few Indian pharmaceutical companies could; path breaking research and global visibility.
In pharmacy and pharmacology, one perfects the art of drug preparation and dispensation. It is all about the development and preparation of drugs from natural and synthetic sources. Pharmacists act as consultants to health practitioners and the general public concerning adverse drug reactions, side effects, and interactions.
Pharmacists also specialise in particular remedies for diseases like diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure etc.
The pharmaceutical industry is fast becoming a major employer of chemical engineers and is increasingly looking for engineers with specialisation in pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceutical engineers are concerned with the transformation of raw materials into valuable products by chemical, biochemical or physical processes. They are involved in the conception, design, construction, and operation of industrial plants in which the above processes take place, increasingly with design at the molecular scale being more and more significant...
The Indian pharma companies are taking to R&D in a big way leading to faster drug development and exploiting growth opportunities. Opportunities for graduates in pharmaceutical sciences include faculty positions in university colleges, government departments, research institutes and also as medical practitioners, drug inspectors, drug analysts, pharmacists, pharmacology experts, pharmacologists, production managers, and quality managers.One involved in post-doctoral research can work as a research assistant, research associate, scientist, or a chemist in a research institute and laboratory.
Several institutes and organisations in the government sector are committed to research and development of drugs and formulations, regulation of their quality, prices etc. Some institutes that employ graduates in pharmacy:
Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) Lucknow,National Chemical Laboratory, Pune,The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, (IICT) Hyderabad,Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO),National Pharma-Co-Vigilance Centre, The Department of Pharmacology, AIIMS, New Delhi,Regional Research Laboratory, Jorhat,National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER),Indian Medicines Pharmaceutical Corporation limited. (IMPCL).
Most private pharmaceutical companies have their own research laboratories, with the state-of - art equipment to provide a better and effective working environment. They have been into long-term projects in the research and development of drugs with special emphasis in the areas of fermentation, synthetic chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, phyto chemistry and research in biotechnology. Some of these companies provide numerous opportunities for the qualified pharmacy personnel.
Prime amongst them are:
Dr.Reddy's Laboratories Ltd,Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd,Cipla Ltd,Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd,Nicholas Piramal India Ltd,Glaxosmithkline India Ltd.
Novartis India Ltd,Pfizer Ltd,Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.