Things You Should Know Before Choosing Pharmacy as a Career

Are you interested to become a Pharmacist and seeking information about becoming a Pharmacist then this is the perfect place to start.

Spending more than 10 years in pharmacy field as pharmacist including hospital pharmacist, retail pharmacist, medicine manufacturing (Industrial side of pharmacy) as well holding position as consultant pharmacist has given me quite a clear understanding of pharmacy career, its starting programs and what it really takes to become a Pharmacist.

According to a recent survey, 37% pharmacist were seen somewhat satisfied by their selection of Pharmacy as future career. Where final results reflected the most easily recognizable perception of community pharmacy was changing while hospital and industrial area was tagged as competitive and researched base. More people wanted to be community pharmacist followed by hospital pharmacy.


Pharmacist in beginning
You will need to make a decision as to what type of pharmacist you want to be. Whole pharmacy field can be divided into four main branches.
  • Those who care
  • Those who sale
  • Those who prepare
  • Those who make pharmacists
Those Who Care
These kind of pharmacist are available in hospital and clinical settings. They receive prescriptions either online or manual written on piece of paper for an ill patient. Where they are challenged to justify these medicines according to the condition of patient, long time benefits, disadvantages and some other deep pharmacy science. Including checking interactions of medicines with each other if taken together, or with food or sometimes some active ingredients are not suitable for specific race (scientifically) and they are more prone to some danger.

Caring Pharmacists from third world countries try to be an expat in other countries and mostly looks forwards to opportunities by simply obtaining a foreign pharmacy license. Majority prefer UAE.

Those Who Sale
These people are found in either medical stores in third world countries, Pharmacies in first world countries and as medical representatives. All of them in one way or another are pushing items of their sale target to doctors (in third world countries only)  or in retail they prefer to sale more to rich customers. Those who stand in shops, medical store or pharmacy they provide medicines to people for their betterment.

Internationally there are lot opportunities available for a Pharmacist to work as Retail Pharmacist, Community Pharmacist or seek a good salary pharmacist jobs.

Those Who Prepare
These are quite artistic kind of people and are mostly found in multinational firms manufacturing big batches of medicines. But initially you will see them taking more interest in laboratories during pharmacy programs. They are called somewhat experts in understanding chemical reactions. In contrast to this expertness many of them end up in following some specific recipes of products from a SOP in a MNC firm. Only few found their ways towards Research and Development Department where every expert needs to work.

Those Who Train
By teaching, educating, grooming them as real pharmacists. Have you ever seen people being surprise to see you pronouncing so much difficult names while you take a second to show off your skills. Well this is what your teachers do and they are basically pharmacists themselves.

Although all of these designations comes with high and lows affected by ground realities. But you will mostly listen people tagging you as person who just wanted to do something in medicine or simply some will not hesitate to let you know that you was once ditched medical school.

From EBOLA to DHA News: Health News Roundup

Glad to see you guys reading this. Because this is the first time we are compiling some news updates for our health care professionals so that they don't miss anything. We are focusing International. Yes, this is a new section this website because we are planning more than normal news stuff for our readers.

Don't forget to share our website with your friends, colleagues so that they can also get updates on regular basis.

EBOLA in UAE - Internationally EBOLA is creating havoc. But in UAE this issue was handled quite professionally. In early October some passengers were isolated for a checkup so that they don't pose a threat to others and in spread of the disease and they can get treated at right time as well. So good news is all of the passengers were declared EBOLA free. DHA conducted necessary medical tests endorsed by World Health Organisation. All precautionary ways were adopted by health authority to confirm passengers are free of EBOLA before the discharge.


Breast Cancer Awareness with a Guinness World Record - While internationally many NGOs are working towards the awareness of Breast Cancer and its prevention. A new Guinness World Record has been achieved by VPS Healthcare for one of the largest but simultaneous seld-examination for breast cancer with around 971 women participated in Abu Dhabi this week. VPS Healthcare is an integrated solutions with hospitals and chain of clinics.

DHA Initiative for ElderlyDHA has recently launched Mohammad Bin Rashid initiative for elderly people. Their care, health awareness, healthy ageing issues and focusing on the importance of regular health screenings.
It was a four day campaign which was organised with Dubai Ruler's Office. This campaign was rolled out to all six majlises from Jumeirah to Al Hamriya.

Geriatricians also educated elderly about daily rehabilitation excercises. DHA is already operating primary health care centres to prevent geriatric from fall, osteoprosis in their clinics. While Rashid Hospital has full dedicated department for elderly population.

Tele-medicine service from Mubadala - While among other efforts UAE towards healthier residents. Another quite efficient service was started by Mubadala which will provide health information and give advice to eligible patients. A patient can call toll free number  800-4959 to ask for health advice for free. This was inspired by the International standards in Telemedicine where other 85 countries are taking care of their residents with a similar services.

I hope this round up will be helpful for you. We need suggestions at this moment to serve you better. We also welcome team members who would like to work with us. You can contact us through our contact page or simply drop a message on our facebook page.

Singapore Pharmacy Licensing for International Pharmacists

Singapore Pharmacy Licensing for Pharmacist is governed by Singapore Pharmacy Council (SPC). It is extensively governed by the Ministry of Health Singapore, Moh Singapore. Both bodies are working tirelessly for the betterment of Pharmacy Profession in the region by working on the basic pharmacy structure and more importantly on the continued education of Pharmacist itself.

Road to be a Pharmacist in Singapore starts from the website of MOH Singapore. You can find a separate section for Foreign trained Pharmacists and the complete procedure to get Singapore Pharmacist License.


Any who is willing to work in Singapore should comply with the requirements set by the Singapore Pharmacist Council (SPC) which includes
  • Candidate applying must obtain Pharmacy degree from these universities only. In short they are only accepting students from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, United States of America, Ireland, New Zealand only. 
  • Candidate must have a job offer letter to initiate a procedure of registration.That job offer letter must be with SPC approved training centers only. Full list of SPC approved training centers.
Documents Requirements for Singapore Pharmacy License
Here are all the documents which will be needed by a candidate to submit to SPC for a license. All original documents must be verified by the SPC Secretariat before an application is sent to the Registrar. Application is approved according to the decision of the council. A time period of 5 to 7 days (working) should be allowed for the process of approval from the registrar and processing, in order to star the pr-registration training.
  • Original pharmacy qualification transcript along with the Letter of verification on period of pharmacy study will be directly submitted from the university of pharmacy where candidate has complete the studies.
  • Original Letter of Good Standing will be submitted directly from foreign registration authority of the country of originality of the candidate
  • Personal Identification document
  • Registration certificate with accepted foreign registration authority
  • Pharmacist registration evidence status with accepted foreign authority.
  • Degree scroll or basic pharmacy qualification
  • Job offer letter for pre-registration training position from SPC-approved training institution.
  • Testimonials which will be original. These should not date back more than 6 months ago from date of application from at-least last 2 employers.
  • Curriculum Vitae (original) mentioning all relevant education details and work experience details
  • Duly signed Pre-Req application form by preceptor and pharmacy manager
  • English proficiency evidence. This requirement is only for those candidates which studied pharmacy other than UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.
Check full list Pharmacy Universities allowed to send their candidates for Singapore Pharmacy Registration. 
Moreover, 1 day before appointment should be with SPC for pre-registration.

For documents to be sent directly to SPC via normal mail, please send to:
SINGAPORE PHARMACY COUNCIL College of Medicine Building 16 College Road #01-01 Singapore 169854

For documents to be sent directly to SPC via registered mail or couriered services, please send to: SINGAPORE PHARMACY COUNCIL 81 Kim Keat Road NKF Centre, Level 9 Singapore 328836 Tel: (65) 6478 5068 Fax: (65) 6478 5069

Approval of an application is dependent on Council's decision. An applicant should allow 5 to 7 working days for processing and prior approval letter from Registrar which will be issues to them before they can start their pre-registration training.

Pre-Registration Approval
If a candidate got pre-registration approval he can start training in the approved training centers. Training period will be from 3 months to 12 months.

Applicant have to take test a compulsory test of Forensic Examination relating to Pharmacy Laws of Singapore and Competency Exam for Assessment

Forensic exams are conducted 3 times a year. Upcoming Singapore Pharmacy Law exams will be help on following dates
  • 11 November 2014
  • 28 April 2015
  • 3 August 2015
  • 2 November 2015
Fees for the compulsory Singapore pharmacy forensic or law exam will be S$300.

An examination should be taken with SPC and an application should be submitted with application form and payment at least 2 weeks before examination date.

Passing marks for Forensic Exam are 60.


Singapore Competency Examinations / Assessments
These exams are conducted 4 times a year. Upcoming exams will be conducted on following dates
  • 1 September 2014 
  • 1 December 2014 
  • 9 February 2015 
  • 8 June 2015 
  • 7 September 2015 
  • 7 December 2015
Exam date for pharmacy examination / assessment exam with SPC should be booked. Application form will be submitted at least 2 weeks before examination / assessment date. Note upto now there is no oversees centers for these examinations or assessments.

Once two of these exams Forensic Examination and fulfilling criteria for pre-registration applicant may now apply for conditional registration to Council office. Application should be submitted with following documents
Pre-Registration Pharmacists Evaluation Summary Form
Application for Registration Form with Registration feed of S$250
Notification of Forensic Examination passing result conducted by SPC
Singapore Pharmacy Practicing Certificate Application Form and application feed of S$500.

If approved by Registrar, a conditional registration certificate will be issues by council to applicant.
The applicant can now start work as pharmacist under Conditional Registration with approved institution or company.

Conditions which rule to the Practise for Pharmacists on Conditional Registration

  • Restricted to practice in SPC special areas. 
  • Supervisory Framework by registered pharmacist with minimum of 3 years working experience.
  • Could be pharmacist-in-charge but subject to Supervisory Framework.

After its completion of conditional registration applicant may now apply for Full Registration.
Congratulations. Finally!

Good luck for your process of Singapore Pharmacy License where you will not only be satisfied but you will gain experience and give value to your degree. You will be amazed by the advancement in health industry in Singapore.Although all these conditions, procedures seem difficult but you will excel with these to become a top notch Pharmacist.

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Convert DHA Eligibility Letter to HAAD or MOH

So you have got your DHA eligibility letter after passing the exam! Congratulations and welcome to Dubai. Being a DHA passed candidate now you have to get a job first to secure your future and support your other requirements i.e. just like conversion of your license to HAAD or MOH.
Recently we were updating our friends about the new process of unification of licenses in UAE and how to make full use of it. Some of the new DHA passed candidates are asking how to convert DHA Eligibility letter to HAAD or MOH. So we have decided to provide some information regarding this question in a concise and proper manner. Because on internet there are many rumors, non confirmed news revolving around to only confuse your and provoking you for a wrong step.

New candidates can checkout how to get DHA license for your medical specialty by reading this help article.

We recommend everyone specially DHA passed candidates to clear all the confusions by simply calling the DHA number which is 800-DHA. We are not in any way linked with MOH, HAAD or DHA.

Process to Convert DHA Eligibility Letter to HAAD or MOH
The process is same as we have explained in detail in this article. But for now we assume that you have recently passed your DHA and got your Eligibility letter in your email.

What is a DHA Eligibility Letter?
It is a confirmation that you have passed your DHA Licensing exam and you can be appointed on a job within Dubai. Make sure you understand this statement as many people ask how can you work with DHA in Abu Dhabhi and other states of UAE. So this letter is the confirmation and authorization that you can work in Dubai only.

To find a job you can search online portals, newspapers, mobile apps specially advertised jobs for DHA passed candidates. Or you can also create an advert for yourself to get a job explaining your skills but this way is not highly recommended. Although you can try some special keywords to find job more easily, so you can try these DHA dubai jobs, dha passed pharmacist jobs, dha nursing jobs etc

What next towards HAAD or MOH license conversion?
Now you have to activate your current license with the eligibility letter. For this you have to upload following documents and pay a fees of 1010 aed online with credit card.

  • Labor Card or Job Offer Letter
  • Malpractice Insurance Letter
  • Fees 1010 aed
These documents are given by your company when you are selected for a job. Some companies in UAE have a different way to do it to make it easy for new employee. They ask for your login ID and password and they do the rest of the stuff for you

When you get your DHA License which is posted by Zajeel mail on a address provided by you. Now you are ready to get your license convert to HAAD / MOH.

I hope this will help all our friends who are searching for this question or need help. You can ask us about anything regarding it on our Facebook Page or simply comment below so that we can help you as fast as we can. Cheers!

How to Convert or Transfer DHA License to HAAD?

We all know about the unification of Medical licenses in UAE was finalized and started this year. It is a good news for medical professionals about the Memorandum of Understanding between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD). It is an agreement signed where a medical professional will be able to convert or transfer medical license from one issuing authority to another. i.e. like from DHA to HAAD etc. In a nutshell this change is to revive the recognition of medical licenses of health care professionals across the region.

Things are getting simpler but still some questions are asked on how to convert DHA license to HAAD, where to start the conversion process? what are the requirements for transfer of license, what is the fees, how many days are needed to complete this whole process of transfer?. You will find the answers of these questions as we are providing this information to those who can get benefit from this memorandum.

Things to remember first
This step is quite important before you start the procedure to convert DHA License to HAAD. As you can't start your procedure just after passing your DHA Exam. First you have to be on a job with DHA License. Secondly, you should spend at least 6 months on the job. And fulfill the requirements needed for the transfer.

Step by Step Procedure

First your would need a Good Standing certificate. It will cost 510 aed for normal process and it is available from your DHA account. If you need it urgent fees will be 1010 aed ( 2 -3 working days). Payment is done online and using a credit card.

  • Create account on Data Flow HAAD section  (http://www.dataflowgroup.com/haad/login.aspx). Fill up the profile and upload all necessary documents required. 
  • You should have your data flow report from DHA which is available in DHA account under the section of PSV. If you don't have this report you can always request it by sending an email to dha@dataflowgroup.com.
  • If you don't have any sponsor upto now you can simply put in self-applicant. Process will be quite simple if you have you have a sponsor at this stage.
  • Now you should expect a Payment notification from HAAD Data Flow. As you have PSV report with you already, you can send them back your PSV report to their email and wait for the next step
  • As a next step HAAD will send you an email with your login details and direct link to HAAD website. Now login with the details sent to you into the online HAAD portal. Now upload and fill up again all necessary documents needed. Wait for their email or you can always check the status of application submitted in your HAAD account

We have tried our best to get you through the process to convert DHA License to HAAD license easily. Even if you need our assitance and any help at any stage you can always contact us for helping you our to transfer your DHA license to HAAD license easily.

This process to convert DHA license to HAAD is more or less similar for most of the medical fields including Pharmacists, Assistant Pharmacists, Nursing, Radiologists, Dentists etc. Since this DHA and HAAD agreement things are getting simpler. It will open doors for more jobs in recent future. Many candidates and health professionals also wish to unify the examination process of DHA, HAAD and MOH Uae.

HAAD stands for Health Authority of Abu Dhabi; DHA stands for Dubai Health Authority; Data Flow is a third party hired by MOH UAE, HAAD, DHA for verification of your documents from their original issuers; PSV stands for primary source verification;