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How can I become a Successful Pharmacist in Canada?

by Charu Malik

What is Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences?

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.

What are the key areas of a Pharmacist?

Difference between Pharmacology and Pharmacy

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.

Career Scope as a Pharmacist in Canada.

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:

  1. Production and Manufacturing
  2. Research and Development
  3. Analysis and Testing
  4. Marketing
  5. Hospital Pharmacy
  6. Community Pharmacy
  7. Academics
  8. Regulatory Affairs
  9. Documentation, Library Information Services
  10. Consultancy

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.

How do I get my Pharmacy License in Canada?

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'.

For any queries, please leave a comment below.

Best of Luck!!!

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    Dlokesh
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    DlokeshSun, 30 Aug 2015 03:03:52 -0000

    Sir, I studied D.Pharmacy, B.apharmacy and M.Pharmacy ( Pharmaceutics ) in India, presently working as marketice sales executive promoting insulins, having 4 years of marketing experience & I would like to work in Canada, so please guid me the procedure & better opportunities for me to work in Canada.

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    baljeet_s1
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    baljeet_s1Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:02:47 -0000

    I have done my b.pharm from India and having 6 years experience in pharma marketing. Can I have a better option in Canada for job or can I give exams like PEBC from India. Please guide me right to get better opportunities in Canada.
    Contact me please at +919876559090

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    Bhavik214Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:26:03 -0000

    Hi Sir,, I have completed B.pharm from india. And I am landed immigrants in Canada. What is the best option for me,? Can I work without getting licence… ?

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    mannet
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    mannetMon, 10 Aug 2015 15:44:00 -0000

    sir, can i gv PEBC exam in india?

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    skpharmaSun, 09 Aug 2015 07:16:20 -0000

    i'm a Diploma Holder of Pharmacy from Chandigarh, I've worked for about the past 9 years as a pharmacist in a Pharmacy. I wanted to move in Canada for a good Pharmacy Job over there, what steps should I have to follow to make a move. Kindly do the needful.

    Thanks

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    sherlygreenSun, 12 Jul 2015 08:00:19 -0000

    Sir/madam..l am going to complete pharm.d in India.Is there any further studies providing in Canada for pharm.d students or only I have to pass exams like PEBC for getting a job in Canada?

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    Jatboy1984
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    Jatboy1984Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:05:39 -0000

    Can I take PEBC exams like qualifying and evaluating from india itself?

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    harwinder2110Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:29:47 -0000

    i have completed diploma in pharmacy from Punjab. now i have four year experience in pharmaceutical ltd as a sr. territory manager.now i want to join at Canada as a pharmacist in a any pharmaceutical industries.please help me or give the information about the jobs in Canada as soon as possible.
    o

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    sunnyskyTue, 23 Jun 2015 06:17:57 -0000

    Hello,If I have a Indian bpharm degree than is there any scope for future jobs in foreign countries??? Please help and provide with suitable information.

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    sajila mary emmanuel
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    sajila mary emmanuelSat, 20 Jun 2015 16:57:03 -0000

    Sir, I am a Pharm.D student…please give information regarding the course of studentship and internship in Canada.

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    priyanka gouriTue, 16 Jun 2015 12:29:17 -0000

    respected sir \ mam,I recently completed B.Pharmacy from college(India). i want to do job in Canada as an pharmacist , is I'm eligible for get job in Canada and if I m not eligible then plz give me right instructions\ orvedure to get a good job in Canada. I shall be thankfull to you…

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    akshatthakurWed, 10 Jun 2015 19:41:35 -0000

    respected sir /madam
    I'm from india n i completed pharm.d in 2015 n i wanna registered as clinical pharmacist job in canada
    so please reply me
    thanx in advance……waiting

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    Arsh90Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:18:57 -0000

    hii , i m pharmacist in india my age is 20 . i want to jab in canada as a pharmacist so plz imformation about it. so i can job in canada

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    anil_anil9302
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    anil_anil9302Sat, 23 May 2015 09:48:40 -0000

    Respected sir/mam,
    I have done B.pharma from bhoapl (m.p.)
    And I have also experience in marketing of 3 month
    In india. I am interested for job in Canada please give
    Me direction.
    Me direc

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    karan_24121986Tue, 19 May 2015 16:25:07 -0000

    sir i am a m.pharm. in pharma chemistry. i want to go canada for job how can i apply

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    swamiashokSat, 02 May 2015 09:05:06 -0000

    Hello respected sir i have D.pharma from karnataka and regesterd in Rajasthan pharmacy council.as well well as best experience in the pharmacy in Rajasthan so i am intrested in canada job plz give me information about how to apply the canada job

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    writeTue, 14 Apr 2015 05:28:42 -0000

    sir,i am B.pharm in india.i want to work canada any pharmacy related job. canada permanantly.Have the evaluting exam &qualifying exam of canada given from india.please give answer.

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    NeradaThu, 12 Feb 2015 05:32:36 -0000

    Sir I was going to complete my pharma- d in India .sir can I eligible for do job in Canada hospitals as a clinical pharmacist. If am not eligible to do that,what should I do for getting job in Canada.can u give procedure for that…

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    dany101Mon, 05 Jan 2015 07:11:06 -0000

    Dear Sir, I complete my b.pharmacy from pune university . and I look to do pharmacist job in Canada. So please give me how to apply??

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    migmoreMon, 22 Dec 2014 05:15:23 -0000

    Hello respected sir/ mad D.pharma as well well as best experience in the pharmacy in mumbai metro city from maharashtra so i am intrested in canada job plz give me information about how to apply the canada job

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    mankeshwareTue, 30 Sep 2014 20:23:46 -0000

    hello respected sir/ mad. I am completed D.pharma& B.pharmacy from maharashtra so i am intrested in canada job plz give me information about how to apply the canada job

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    grewalharmanWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:45:28 -0000

    I've completed m.pharm in INDIA and I want to work as a pharmacist in canada. What do I have to do to be a REGISTERED pharmacist in canada ?
    What i have to do for this? plz tell me aal the procedure from starting…plz…

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    jiban_jyotiSun, 07 Sep 2014 17:39:18 -0000

    HI,
    I have completed diploma in pharmacy , and now i m surching for job in canada.And i have a 10years expirence in retail pharmacy store. So how i shall get a job in canada ?

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    shiva10Sat, 23 May 2015 17:27:07 -0000

    Sir I am from hydera bad and I am also in the same boat like u and my contact no is 9000880444 if any quarry call me

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    anurtWed, 23 Jul 2014 04:15:13 -0000

    Hello..i completed B.Pharm,M.Pharm from Primeasia University,Bangladesh. i kindly request please inform me how to apply in Canada hospital pharmacy job,retail pharmacist job,pharmacist technician job please give me suggestion and provide complete procedure and information how to apply in cannada pharmacist job please help me …thank you

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    sweeduSun, 29 Jun 2014 23:36:40 -0000

    I love Pharmacist job, can i appear in 'Evaluating Exam and Qualifying Exam' through online from india or if stay in canada only

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    shahbaz siddique_75Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:57:05 -0000

    Hello..i am complet diploma in pharmacy (Dpharm) in Maharashtra state board technical education(MSBTE) in india and i also appeared Bpharm final year in RTMNU UNIVERSITY NAGPUR SO i kindly request plz inform nd help how to apply in cannada hospital pharmacy job,retail pharmacist job,pharmacist technician job plz give me suggestion and provide complet procedure and informtion how to aply in cannada pharmacist job in degree or diploma base..plz help me …thank you

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    anaveedTue, 17 Mar 2015 16:16:48 -0000

    Dear sir,i have cpmpleted d.pharma from board of karnataka in 2003 after that i m working in retail pharmacy.now looking jobs in canada.please tell me can i have a chance to work in canada

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    Sarah-greenThu, 22 May 2014 17:37:57 -0000

    Good day. I've completed my B.pharm here in Nigeria and I'm presently doing my internship. Do I have to be in Canada before the evaluation of my degree and the evaluation and qualifying exam can be carried out? Or I could start the process here in Nigeria? Basically what I need to know is if I have to move to Canada for one reason or the other like maybe coming over to do my masters before I can be qualified to register?

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    niviiSun, 18 May 2014 14:50:50 -0000

    I hv completed my 12th standard in india…..I want to do my b.pharm studies in canada. …..if we complete our b.pharm studies in canada . .should we need to write any licensing exam for working as pharmacist (like usmle for medical gradutes in usa)

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    navdhillonFri, 04 Apr 2014 14:27:26 -0000

    hey…i m doing b.pharmacy in punjabi university patiala.i will complete my degree in may 2014..i want to continue my study in abroad.please give me suggestions and knowledge about studies and jobs related to pharmacy.i will be really thankfull to you.

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    hemantshah61990Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:50:26 -0000

    i also study B,pharm in india. i want further study in canada related to pharmacy line. i alsi given ielts exam in india i got total 6bend .in reading7bend listening 6bend speaking&writting i got 5.5 bend each.

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    abhagatpharmaThu, 12 Dec 2013 08:43:22 -0000

    Sir I've done b.pharmacy from India approved college from PCI . Now what I should do to be a pharmacist in Canada .
    Thanks

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