Pharmacy Act 1948: Objectives, Definitions
Pharmacy Act regulates the profession of pharmacy in India. Since there was no legislative law and stringent regulations to control the profession of pharmacy in India before the pre-independence, which was mishandled by persons with no pharmacy knowledge to compound and prescribe the medicines which were leading to causing great harm to public health, the pharmacy act was framed in the year 1948 to resolve all these issues.
This act also provides regulations for the good conduct of pharmaceutical education, revising the curriculum to gain academic and practical training for pharmacists by framing standard guidelines.
Objectives of Pharmacy Act, 1948
The main objectives of the Pharmacy Act, of 1948 are:
- To provide uniform education and training to those persons willing to enter the pharmacy profession.
- To maintain control over the persons of the pharmacy profession by registering them as registered pharmacists in every state and union territory.
Central Council means the Pharmacy Council of India.
State Council means the State Council of Pharmacy constituted under the Act and includes the joint state pharmacy councils.
Central Register means the register of Pharmacists maintained by the Central Council (Pharmacy council of India).
Indian University means a University within the meaning of section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, (3 of 1956) and includes such other institutions, being institutions established by or under a Central Act, as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf
Registered pharmacist means a person whose name is for the time being entered in the register of the State in which he is for the time being residing or carrying on his profession or business of pharmacy
Medical Practitioner means a person holding-medical qualifications as provided in the Indian Medical Degree Act or Indian Medical Council Act or a person registered or eligible for registration in the Medical Register of the State or a Dentist or a Veterinarian.
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