Unlike B. Pharm which is related to the teaching, manufacturing and provision of medicines, Pharm. D is more specific to the hospital industry which is focused on clinical practices. Pharm. D doctors review prescriptions, analyse medication errors and monitor adverse drug reactions. This will enable students to prefix ‘Dr.’ to their names
This course was introduced in 2008 by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI)
In an order letter the Pharmacy Council of India stated:
‘The Pharmacy Council of India has taken a decision for prefixing ‘Dr.’ before the names of the candidates who are awarded the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.)
All universities examining authorities approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 (2) of the Pharmacy Act, 1948 to hold examination of Pharm D students have been requested vide this Council’s letter dated February 08, 2012 followed by the letter dated February 16, 2012, to use the prefix ‘Dr’ before the names of the candidates while awarding the degree certificates under regulation 18 of the Pharm D Regulations, 2008.’
This letter was circulated by Archna Mudgal, Registrar-cum-Secretary of the Pharmacy Council of India.