It’s really fortunate for all those Pharmacists who have currently completed their Pharm D degree and working with some private organizations. The expected seats of the pharmacist in Punjab was more than that advertised by Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) but we should fight to be the part of the health department of Punjab.
In this article I would like to share some information regarding the nature of the test and what should be the strategy to successfully accomplish this task.
Advertised seats of Pharmacists:
- Total seats: 70
- Seats reserved for women: 10
- Seats reserved for minorities: 03
- Seats reserved for disabled persons: 02
Nature of test:
It is the policy of PPSC that for pharmacists, the test is usually not conducted and only interview or viva voice is conducted but if number of candidates are more than the seats advertised then PPSC will take a test to scrutinize the candidates. The final selection is done after interview of selected candidates.
Type of test is multiple choice questions extending up to 100 questions having duration of 2 hours. This test covers most part of the pharmacy (different subjects of Pharm D).
- Clinical Pharmacy;
- Hospital Pharmacy;
- Pharmacognosy (least);
- General knowledge;
- Instrumental Chemistry;
- Forensic pharmacy;
- Pharmaceutical Quality Control;
For written test and interview following parts of pharmaceutics should be thoroughly studied;
- Basic pharmaceutics
- Dosage forms
- Pharmaceutical preparations (tablets, capsules, ointments, suppositories and etc)
- Dispensing pharmacy
Most of the questions are usually asked from pharmacology so you should have proper knowledge different aspects of pharmacology. Following are few of the expected topics that should be prepared well but ideally you should go through all pharmacology.
- Basic pharmacology (Basic concepts like agonist, antagonist, tolerance, receptor and etc.)
- Autonomic system ( with aspect of receptors and drugs targeting those receptors like adrenergic and muscrinic receptors)
- Chemotherapy (antimicrobial drugs, anti-cancer drugs and etc.)
- Drugs acting on cardiovascular system (CVS), Respiratory system and GIT.
The focus of clinical pharmacy is the rational use of drugs and devices. Following chapter should be thoroughly studied;
- Basic concepts
- Clinical trials
- Drug interactions
- Adverse drug reactions
- List of antidotes
- Management of poisoning
- Heart failure
- Dengue Fever
The main focus of hospital pharmacy is to perform the traditional as well as specialized roles of pharmacists in the hospital. It would be better to study the following topics in depth;
- Basic concepts
- Roles of pharmacist (traditional and specialized)
- Hospital formulary
- Pharmacy and therapeutic committee
- Drug information and poison control center
- Dispensing of drugs
- IV admixtures
- Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
- Pharmacoeconomics (Formulas)
- Drug utilization review (DUR)
- and etc.
Pharmacognosy deals with the study of crude drugs. It’s the subject in which pharmacist has least interest. Read at-least once…
- Basic definitions
- Extraction of drugs
- Rauwolfia, Ipecacuahna, Belladona, Cinchona, Cinnamon, Digitalis, Senna, Aloe, Noxvomica, Opium, Kurchi, Brahmi, Tulsi, Bael and Ephedra.
Forensic pharmacy deals with rules and regulations of Pakistan regarding the drug use, import, export, selling, and etc. you should learn the following topics in order to pass not only the written test but also for the interview.
- Basic definitions
- The drug act 1976
- Provisional drug rules
- Advertising rules
- The pharmacy act 1967
- The dangerous drug act 1930
- The poison act, 1919
- Control of narcotic substances act, 1997
Pharmaceutical Quality Control:
Tests related to;
- Tablets (Dissolution test important)
- Parenterals (LAL test)
Basic information about different compendial books such as;
- Spectroscopy (all types)
- Chromatography (HPLC important)
- Different test related to Biochemistry
Following books should be consulted in order to get optimum credit in a written test and interview.
- Appleton & Lange’s Review of Pharmacy 7th ed. Author: Gary D. Hall
- Comprehensive Pharmacy Review (CPR)
- Comprehensive Pharmacy Review for NAPLEX 8th edition
- MCQs in Pharmacy Practice by Lilian M. Azzopardi
- Katzung & Trevor’s Pharmacology Examination and Board Review, 10th Edition
- British National Formulary (BNF) 65th edition
- Pharmaceutical Calculations, Twelfth Edition, by Howard C. Ansel
Remember this article does not mean that your test and interview will be only for the stated topics and subjects. You must prepare yourself well throughout all the subjects of Pharm D. if you have any question you can ask and if you are unable to get any book contact with me i will provide you as soon as possible without any cost. Best of luck for your examination.
Article updated on 08-07-2015
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