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  • The Indian Medical Association has raised a strong objection over allowing the ‘Pharm-D’ graduates to add ‘Dr’ prefix before their name.
  • The IMA has written a letter to the Union Health Ministry and Medical Council of India to settle the issue at the earliest.
  • The largest body of the allopathy doctors has urged the Pharmacy Council of India to take back the order terming it ‘unlawful.’

The order was issued by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) to allow the Pharm-D graduates to use the prefix ‘Dr’ in front of their names has upset the doctors’ fraternity across India. Indian Medical Association (IMA) the supreme body of the allopathy doctors have shown their displeasure on the PCI’s order.

The Indian Medical Association has written a letter to the Union Health Ministry and the Medical Council of India to settle the matter at the earliest.

The letter states,

‘Indian Medical Association strongly opposes any move from those who are trained in other streams of healthcare sector to venture in the medical sector.

A pharmacist by any other name will remain a pharmacist. Their entitlement shall remain different.

Transgression of the entitlement are illegal and illegitimate.

IMA has a duty and privilege to defend the rights of medical students.’

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Dr Shantanu Sen, President, Indian Medical Association, said, “IMA has written to the Union Health Ministry and the Medical Council of India on the inappropriateness of the announcement by the Pharmacy Council of India. IMA demands that the government should its authority and settle the issue as per the law. IMA also urges the Pharmacy Council of India to take back the unlawful order.”

The Pharmacy Council of India had issued an order allowing all the students those who receive Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) degree to prefix ‘Dr.’  before their names.

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).

The Pharmacy Council of India has decided to award students the prefix of ‘Dr.’ after their graduation. This will help provide students with better visibility after they have completed the course.

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