St. John’s University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences has a long tradition of teaching and training scientists in pharmaceutics and especially in Industrial Pharmacy, focusing on meeting the needs of the pharmaceutical industry in the development of drug products and the pharmaceutical manufacturing. New initiatives during the past 10 years have upgraded the program to meet the challenges of drug product development for the global marketplace in the 21st century. With the help of an Industrial Pharmacy Advisory Board, St John’s have developed an educational and training program such that graduates are able to solve difficult drug delivery, product formulation and pharmaceutical manufacturing challenges. Once they join the pharmaceutical industry, St John’s graduates need minimum training to establish themselves as contributing members. The college has a world-class industrial pharmacy facility, unique to colleges of pharmacy or engineering in the US.
Community pharmacists are the health professionals most accessible to the public. They supply medicines in accordance with a prescription or, when legally permitted, sell them without a prescription. In addition to ensuring an accurate supply of appropriate products, their professional activities also cover counselling of patients at the time of dispensing of prescription and non-prescription drugs, drug information to health professionals, patients and the general public, and participation in health-promotion programmes. They maintain links with other health professionals in primary health care.