Pharmacy is the art and science of preparing and dispensing medications and the provision of drug and related information to the public. Pharmacy is basically a knowledge system which renders a health service by concerning itself with understanding drugs and their effects. It is the profession responsible for the appropriate use of medications, devices and services in order to achieve optimal therapeutic outcomes. A pharmacist, then, is one who is educated and licensed to dispense drugs and to provide drug information- an expert on drugs.
The pharmacist’s intimate knowledge of drug actions, drug therapy, dosage form design and utilization, avail pharmaceutical products, and drug information sources makes him or her vital member of the health care team. The pharmacist is entrusted with the legal responsibility for the procurement, storage, control and distribution of effective pharmaceutical products and for the compounding and filling of prescription orders. Utilizing extensive training and knowledge, the pharmacist serves the patient as an advisor on drugs and encourages their safe and proper utilization. The pharmacist delivers pharmaceutical services in a variety of community and institutional health care environments and effectively utilizes recordkeeping and monitoring techniques in safeguarding the public health.
The purpose of introducing Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honors) curriculum in Varendra University is to introduce beginning pharmacy students to the technologic and scientific principles underlying the preparation of dosage forms and drug delivery systems and to their use in patient care. Through an integrated course curriculum students will gain an understanding of the interrelationships between physical pharmacy principles, biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics, dosage form design, product formulation, small- and large-scale product manufacture, and the clinical application of pharmaceuticals in patient care.