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 Pharmacology might be a great option for someone who is interested in pharmaceuticals, but doesn't want to be a pharmacist directly interacting with patients. It is also said that pharmacologist is first a physician, pharmacist or a biologist of the drug.

Pharmocologist work right from the drug's conception to its administration. Pharmocologists research and test drugs and chemical compounds for development of drug therapies, prevention of drug interactions, and a variety of other uses. Their role is also to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of physical illnesses and psychological the pharmacologist working in the laboratory for basic research in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology, in educational institutions or finally in hospitals.

Role of Pharmacologist

  • Search the efficacy and safety of a drug.
  • Make tests to study the mutagenic (mutation), carcinogenic and teratogenic (malformation) of certain chemicals and drugs.
  • Set up the customary dose of the drug.
  • Partake in the research of new products (new drugs or new production techniques).
  • Make available in a row on drugs.

Skills required to be Pharmacologist

  • Knowledge of biology, biochemistry, physiology, pathology and biostatistics.
  • Skills in statistics and mathematics
  • Demonstrate skills in information technology and computer science
  • To show interest in developing new cures and treatments

Scope of Pharmacologists in India

Pharmacologists can find employment in large city hospitals where they are involved in drug trials to monitor safety and efficacy of new drugs. They also conduct post-market surveillance. Forensic labs also hire pharmacologists and toxicologists. Researchers in pharmacology with PhDs in pharmacology are in great demand. As a fresher you will get to work with a team involved in the discovery, optimisation and development of new drugs.

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