The letter says that PCI has taken a decision of prefixing ‘Dr’ before the name of candidate who are awarded Pharm D degree

The Pharmacy Council of India has clarified that the candidates with Doctor Degree in pharmacy from recognized universities will be authorized to use the ‘Dr’ with their names.

In a letter issued to director of board of examination and evaluation of Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, the registrar-cum-secretary of PCI Archana Mudgal has informed that the university should use ‘Dr’ prefix before the names of the candidates while awarding the degree certificates to those who clear Pharm D course.

The letter says that PCI has taken a decision of prefixing ‘Dr’ before the name of candidate who are awarded Pharm D degree. All the universities and examining authorities approved by the PCI are requested to use this prefix while awarding degree certificates. Pharm D course was started in India in 2008.


“We have been pursuing this issue from the last two years. When university authorities told us that they don’t have written directives from the PCI regarding the ‘Dr’ prefix, we wrote to PCI. On May 24, the PCI issued a letter in this regard,” said Vinayak Bhagwat Ghayal, president of Doctor of Pharmacy Association, Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Registered Pharmacist Association (MRPA) has welcomed this move.

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