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Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D)

Introduction Program Structure How to Apply Employability


Our qualified pharmacy graduates can pursue multiple employment opportunities within the pharmacy sector:

Chain pharmacy:

Chain pharmacists account for the majority of pharmacists in the Pakistan and collectively dispense approximately 2.5 billion prescriptions per year. Responsibilities for a chain pharmacist include dispensing and verifying medications, counseling patients on proper medication use, and recommending OTC products. Recently, the role of the retail pharmacist has expanded to include vaccinations and medication therapy management (MTM). Additionally, management opportunities are available to chain pharmacists. Approximately 60% of pharmacy students go into retail pharmacy upon graduation. Main chain pharmacies in Pakistan are Clinix pharmacy, SERV aid pharmacy, Green plus, Caring and Serving health pharmacy.

Independent pharmacy:

Independent pharmacies represent approximately 40% of all community pharmacies in Pakistan and provide employment for more than 60,000 pharmacists nationwide. Pharmacists employed within this setting typically have many of the same responsibilities of a chain pharmacist; however, pharmacists who own 1 or more pharmacies will have the additional responsibility of managing the business finances. In addition, there may be additional compounding opportunities within independent pharmacy. Individuals interested in pharmacy ownership may consider a dual MBA degree to give them a big support.

Hospital pharmacy:

Pharmacists working within this field are responsible for choosing, preparing, storing, compounding, and dispensing medicines, as well as advising health care professionals and patients on their safe and effective use. Other responsibilities for an institutional pharmacist include monitoring patterns of medication use, implementing hospital regulations, and other administrative tasks. Major hospitals in Punjab are Services hospital, Mayo hospital, Sheikh Zayed hospital, Shaukat Khanum memorial hospital, Punjab institute of cardiology etc.

Clinical pharmacy:

Clinical pharmacists work directly with physicians, other health care professionals, and patients to ensure that the medications prescribed contribute to optimal health outcomes. Responsibilities for clinical pharmacists may include evaluating the appropriateness and effectiveness of medication use, consulting with health care professionals, monitoring patient therapeutic responses to drugs, attending patient rounds on hospital units, and counseling patients. Clinical pharmacists can work within hospitals, health clinics, nursing homes, and insurance companies. Great set ups for clinical pharmacists include Shaukat Khanum memorial hospital clinics, Chughtai clinics and agha khan clinical setup.

Managed care:

Pharmacists employed by managed care organizations are responsible for a broad range of clinical, quality-oriented services. Additionally, they work directly with other health care professionals to provide the highest quality drug therapy management, while considering the pharmacoeconomic implications for their patient population. Other tasks include patient safety monitoring, formulary management, outcomes research, and patient education. The majority of pharmacists in managed care work for health plans and pharmacy benefit management companies.


The pharmaceutical industry serves to develop, produce, and market drugs or pharmaceuticals. Within the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacists can engage in research and development, quality assurance, drug information, and clinical trials. Additional responsibilities may include sales, marketing, drug monitoring, and regulatory affairs. Major industries are Remington, Arsons, CCL Pharmaceuticals, Pacific, Xenon etc.

Consultant pharmacy:

The field of consultant pharmacy is dedicated to providing expert advice on proper medication use for patients within institutions, often long-term care settings. Services provided by consultant pharmacists include drug regimen review, nutrition assessment, pharmacokinetic dosing services, patient counseling, and therapeutic drug monitoring. Examples of long-term care settings for consultant pharmacists include nursing facilities, mental institutions, home health agencies, hospice care, correctional institutions, rehabilitation centers, and adult day care centers.


A defined number of full-time and part-time faculty members work across the nation's colleges and schools of pharmacy. Responsibilities of pharmacists within this field include teaching, research, public service, and patient care. Others may serve as consultants for local, state, national, and international organizations. Specific disciplines within academic pharmacy include administration, biological science, clinical science, continuing education, experiential education, drug discovery, natural products, and pharmacology. Individuals wishing to pursue academia may consider a post graduate degree with a robust teaching component.

Nuclear pharmacy: 

Nuclear pharmacy is a specialty area of pharmacy dedicated to the compounding and dispensing of radioactive materials for use in nuclear medicine procedures. Responsibilities of a nuclear pharmacist include preparing and compounding radiopharmaceutical agents, quality control measures, and ensuring the proper transportation of medications. Pharmacists in this profession work in highly regulated environments and often start work at early hours of the day. To enter this profession, an individual need to complete a specialized training program.

Government agencies:

Local, state, and federal governmental agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Veterans Administration, and Armed Forces all require the expertise of skilled pharmacists. Within these settings, pharmacists can engage in a wide array of tasks, including direct patient care services, biomedical and epidemiological research, reviewing new drug applications, and developing and administering health care policy.

Defined positions:

Defined positions of pharmacists in the community are:

  • Clinical research associate
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Medical sales representative
  • Medical science liaison
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician associate
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Regulatory affairs officer
  • Research scientist (life sciences)
  • Science writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Informatics of pharmacy
  • Legal practices
  • Veterinary pharmacy
  • Drug and poison control center

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