In 2003 Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) program in Pakistan was incited as a five-year professional degree, focused mainly towards the clinical aspects of the pharmacy profession with an estimated productivity of 2587 pharmacists every year. With the current population, this number is not sufficient to provide optimal health care delivery. Among the total number of pharmacists in Pakistan, approximately 55% are engaged in the production of pharmaceuticals â€“ 15% of them working at the federal and provincial drug control and regulatory authorities and hospital pharmacy level â€“ with another 15% in sales and marketing of pharmaceuticals, 10% in community pharmacy, and the rest 5% in teaching and research.
The Pharm-D professional program fulfills the educational aspect of requirements for licensure as a pharmacist. This full-time, five year program prepares students to practice in community or hospital settings, in technological or administrative positions in the pharmaceutical industry, and for some teaching positions in schools or colleges of pharmacy.
The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) program at Quaid-i-Azam University is aimed to prepare students to provide high quality pharmaceutical care that has the patient as its focus and optimal drug therapy and health as its goal. The program will stress knowledge of the chemical, biological, social and clinical sciences that underline pharmacy, an understanding of the relevance of that knowledge to patient care, and the skills to apply that knowledge to specific care circumstances. The program will promote the development of analytical thinking, problem-solving abilities, communication skills, professional ethics, social responsibility, professional citizenship, the ability to adapt to changes and respond to challenges in health care, and a commitment to lifelong learning.