Industry Expert Column: Role of Pharmacists in Pharmaceutical Industry Settings

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At the very outset let me put some objective of writing this article related to pharma industries. This will be very helpful for the professionals and those studying pharmacy, serving in industries and in future will serve in pharma industries.

Pharmacy is a life science i.e. the branch of science which deals with use of drugs specially manufacturing of drugs by the pharmaceuticals industries. This is a noble profession of creation of drugs/medicines for the sick mankind. Here the pharmaceuticals those will be manufactured by qualified persons include pharmacist and the persons those are engaged in pharmaceuticals industries they are called industrial pharmacists.

A pharmaceuticals industry includes human resource department/ admin, purchase/ commercial, marketing/ sales, product management department, distribution, international marketing (export), research and development, product development, production, engineering, warehousing, dispensing and quality assurance/ control/ compliance.

Here all the practices e.g. Good Management Practices (GMP), Good Purchasing/Procurement Practices (GPP), Good Marketing Practices (GMP), Good Distribution Practices (GDP), current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Good Engineering Practices (GEP) are conducted as per earlier prepared and approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Standard Accounting Procedures (SAPs).

This practice of pharmacy is very systematic and the Total Quality Management (TQM) is its ultimate goal. There is no scope for compromising the quality of product and services. Every department always strives for getting the optimum result in regard of producing quality output. Everybody is committed about the safety and efficacy of the products so that there should not be any laps or gaps to achieve the holy objective of quality assurance of pharma products.


Industrial pharmacy’s key departments are marketing, product development, formulation and production. The products are produced in their individual section with strong integrated and united efforts after following standard operating procedures. The philosophical concept of Quality Assurance of drugs/ medicines is properly informed to all concerned through regular training sessions. Everybody works as per principles of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

The guidelines of WHO must be followed by all industrial pharmacists to get quality products. Each industry is also committed to follow cGMP. These guidelines are as follows:

* Written approved procedures (SOPs)

* Follow/ execute the procedures for quality output

* Document and record of jobs

* Validation of all works

* Build and design works

* Maintenance of everything

* Education, training, experiences of jobs

* Cleaning validation

* Quality control

* Quality Auditing

* Self inspection

* In process quality control

* Statistical process control

* Audit for compliance

* Safety measures.

The industrial pharmacy must have a Quality Policy and all its operations must be conducted in accordance with the GMP guidelines.

Manufacturing department should be vigilant about in process quality control of products. The united team efforts by production, QA/QC, and engineering departments will reflect on products they are producing as built in quality products.


The industry pharmacy professional must be attentive about the Quality and Productivity of the products. All personnel must know the uses of machinery, materials, methods, money, management etc.

Industrial pharmacy is generally conducted by qualified, efficient pharmacist. So pharmacist must know the compliance parameters of the practices. The update and latest technologies in respect of pharma practices should always be learnt by all professionals. A nation’s development/ prosperity is likely proved by its quality/ productivity. Therefore all industrial pharmacists must strive vigorously to achieve their noble objective to serve the sick mankind by producing quality and effective medicines in pharmaceuticals industries.

About Author

Belayet Hossain is the author of this article. He did his B. Pharm. & M. Pharm. from Dhaka University and he has experiences of advising two pharmaceuticals industries directly. He is also serving as a faculty of University of Development Alternative, Bangladesh. He feels interest to work more as a consultant in pharmaceutical industry.


The views and opinions expressed in this write up are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pharma Mirror.

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