Department of Pharmacy
Pharmacy is the Art and Science of Preparing and Dispensing Medications and the Provision of drug related information to the Public. It involves the interpretation of Prescription orders; the Compounding, Labeling and Dispensing of Orders and Devices; Drug Products Selection and Drug Utilization Reviews; Patient Monitoring and Interpretation; and the Provision of cognitive services related to the use of Medications and Devices. It is that health profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences and it is charged with ensuring the safe and effective use of Pharmaceutical Drugs.
Going to clinical aspects of the profession, we have launched 5-years Pharm-D (Doctor of Pharmacy) Program (Credit Hours 192) as per the requirements of Pakistan Pharmacy Council and Higher Education Commission. As our Department is in the initial stages of development and needs to be in collaboration with relatively more developed institutions of the country. To meet the present day challenges, interdisciplinary integration with other professions is necessary. For this purpose, we are also focusing on University (Department of Pharmacy), Hospitals and Industries links. Soon we will link this Department with various National and Multinational Pharmaceutical Industries as well as with teaching Hospitals.
In this modern era Good Educational Institutions are highly ranked by their Research activities which are the basic requirement. Looking to that aspect, in near future Pharmacy department will soon start M.Phil/PhD programs in various research areas of Pharmaceutical Sciences. As the given area (Dir Kohistan) is full of rich biodiversity, the department will strongly facilitate in exploring the virgin flora for novel natural compounds of high valued Medicinal Plants.
Currently we have four Laboratories that are, QC/Instrumental Lab, Pharmacognosy Lab, General Lab, Medicinal Plants Nurseries and Green House. Soon we will develop Industrial Pharmacy Lab, Dispensing Lab, Pharmacology Lab, Microbiology Lab and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Lab.
Currently five lecturers and three Assistant Professors are hired. Soon the Department will be calibrated with Associate Professors and professors.
Our aim is to produce quality Life Saving Professional Graduates so that they may accomplish their tasks successfully. They will implement the World Health Organization (WHO) constitutional objective which ensures that "all people attain the highest possible level of health". They will serve the humanity to the best of their competencies and skills provided to them.
Scope of Pharmacy
The scope of pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing medications, and it also includes more modern services related to health care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy and providing drug information. Pharmacists, therefore, are drug therapy experts, and the primary health professionals who optimize medication management to produce positive health outcomes. So pharmacist is a very important and learned member of the health care team. There are various fields where a Pharmacist can serve his profession, some of which are, Community Pharmacy, Nutritional counseling, women welfare pregnancy and infant care, Rational use of drugs, Sexually transmitted diseases-AIDS, Alcohol, drug abuse and smoking cessation, Family Planning, Hospital Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy, Academic Pharmacy, Disease state Management, Clinical Interventions, Pharmacist Attorneys, Regulatory Pharmacist, Pharmaceutical care, Incompatibility, Drug discovery and evaluation, Adverse reaction, Drug-drug interaction, Drug- food interactions etc.
The Department of Pharmacy is committed to the production of well rounded international standard graduates in all areas of Pharmacy practices including Clinical pharmacy, Pharmaceutical care units, Industrial pharmacy, Pharmaceutical marketing, Quality Control and Community Pharmacy / Retail Pharmacy. We will maintain high level of integrity and responsibility at individual and Professional level; and to conduct quality research, as well as offer consultancy to local industries and institutions to participate in community development projects. Our mission is to train the next generation of leaders and decision makers seeking to improve the health of the community through outstanding basic and clinical knowledge of Pharmaceutical science.