Pharmacy History in India

Pharmacy is very ancient health profession that is linked with ensuring the safe and effective use of medication. It is a profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences. Pharmacy is a health care profession that deals with collection, preparation, standardization and dispensing of drug.

In ancient India drugs were prepared from vegetables, herbs, animals and minerals. They were prepared by few experienced persons. Knowledge of that medical system was usually kept secret within a family. However there were no scientific methods of standardization of drugs.

Pharmacy College ,  Rajpura

It is assumed that Greeks were the one of the first patrons of this profession and it was in the 9th century in the civilized world around Baghdad that the profession of pharmacy started acquiring its present status. The word pharmacy originated from the Greek word “PHARMAKON”.

The 19th century witnesses a massive growth in the field of pharmacy. In 1821 first school of Pharmacy was established in U.S at Philadelphia. The first U.S pharmacopoeia was published in 1820 and the first National formulary was published in 1888. However in India the inception of pharmacy profession was marked by the beginning of classes of chemist and druggist at the Madras medical college in 1870s to train students to gain skills in pharmacy practice.

Pharmacy education pattern was based on the instructions provided by the pharmaceutical society of Great Britain. A formal training of the compounders was started in 1881 in Bengal. Then there comes a period when growth of pharmacy had almost stopped. For almost half a century not much progress was noticed, until B.Pharm course was stated at Banaras Hindu University in 1937 and in 1944 at the Punjab University, Lahore now in Pakistan.

The B.Pharm course at BHU was industry oriented while that at Punjab University was oriented towards Pharmacy practice. Later on this bend lead to the development of modern Indian pharmaceutical industry, which is now the 4th in terms of volume and 14th in terms of value. Meanwhile it is said that by the year 2020 Indian Pharmaceutical industry is supposed to become a superpower.

Keeping these prospectives in the mind, Swift group of Colleges has come up with the finest Pharmacy Institute of the north India.Swift School of Pharmacy is an integration of industry and pharmacy practice which is supposed to bring the best talent in Pharmaceutical field. Swift School of Pharmacy has a history of providing world class pharmacy education to the students .


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