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[e-drug] Minimum qualification for registration as pharmacist (2)

E-DRUG: Minimum qualification for registration as pharmacist (2)

[EU has common requirements for all member countries. I think this is more a 
FIP (www.fip.org) subject than E-drug discussion. Clearly a pharmacist is not 
of the same standard globally and is a point to remember. Moderator]

Dear E-Druggers

The survey results by Subhash C Mandal point out that India is the only country 
that have minimum qualification for registration is Diploma in Pharmacy. I 
would like to add an intriguing comparison of minimum qualification required 
for an Indian to practice pharmacy in India and the US

In India: A Diploma holder who have two years pharmacy course after 10+2 and 
500 hours of practical training spread over a period of not less than 3 months

In the US: To practice pharmacy the same Indian must be an M. Pharm. that 
requires 6 years study after 10+2 ( beginning January 1, 2003 pharmacists must 
have graduated from five-year Degree in Pharmacy); passes TSE (test of spoken 
English); passes FPGEE ( foreign pharmacy graduate equivalent examination) and 
thereafter NAPLEX and should have 1500 hours of internship.

Any comment on this wide gap of pharmacist's educational experience?

Subal C Basak, MPharm, FIC, PGPT (BELGIUM)
Reader in Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy
ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY, Annamalainagar 608 002 (TN)
Phone (O): +914144-239738; (R): +914144-238556
Email : cdl_scbasak@sancharnet.in , basaksc@gmail.com 


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