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Pharmacy is the health profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences and it is charged with ensuring the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs. This article has been developed to help prospective pharmacy students make an appropriate decision about a career in pharmacy in Canada.
Pharmaceutical Sciences are a group of interdisciplinary areas of study involved with the design, action, delivery, disposition, and use of drugs. This field draws on many areas of the basic and applied sciences, such as chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical, biochemical and analytical), biology (anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology), epidemiology, statistics, chemo metrics, mathematics, physics, and chemical engineering, and applies their principles to the study of drugs.
Often students get confused between Pharmacology and Pharmacy. It is important to understand that both offer different careers.
Pharmacology is the scientific study of drugs and how they work in the body. It can be subdivided into pharmacodynamics (i.e. what drugs do to the body) and pharmacokinetics (i.e. what the body does to the drugs - including absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion).
Pharmacy is a quite different area of study involving the scientific, legal and managerial aspects of dispensing medicines. The main responsibility of the pharmacist is to provide safe and effective use of medication for the patient. Pharmacists require a license in order to practice. A degree in pharmacology does not qualify you to practice pharmacy.
The scope of pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing medications, and it also includes more modern services related to health care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy, and providing drug information. Pharmacists, therefore, are the experts on drug therapy and are the primary health professionals who optimize medication use to provide patients with positive health outcomes.
A career in pharmacy, offers a vista full of opportunities leading to a bright future for a young career aspirant. You can work in various areas/fields such as:
A qualified Pharmacy professional is offered a best package and can earn very well in this industry. Pharmacy has great scope in countries including Canada, USA, European countries, African countries, Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore etc, and the Australian continent including New Zealand.
You should follow the following procedures for a Registered Pharmacist License in Canada:
1. First of all your back home degree should be evaluated by Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.(PEBC, Canada)
2. Then you have to pass two exams conducted by PEBC called 'Evaluating Exam and Qualifying Exam'.
3. Once you pass the above two exams (PEBC Evaluation and Qualifying exams) you will be given a certificate called 'Certificate of qualification' by PEBC.
4. Now it's your turn to choose which province you would like to practice and obtain English score according to that province regulation
5. Next you have to finish sufficient hours of training in the pharmacy (usually there are 2 stages of training, studentship and internship)
6. Finally, pass the Law exam (Jurisprudence exam) and get the 'Pharmacist License'.
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