In India prior to the Pharmacy Act,1948 and State Pharmacy Council Rules,1951, there was no restriction to practise the profession of pharmacy. One could practise this profession as any other profession. Persons, having no knowledge and having no education in pharmacy or pharmaceutical chemistry or pharmacology, were engaged in this profession. So many cases were brought to the notice of the Gov-ernment wherein the compounding, mixing, or dispensing of medicines was being done by persons who were not adequately educated in this line. The system was causing great harm to the health of people by wrong compounding, mixing or dispensing. Thus, it was found necessary to enact a law for the regulation of the profession and practice of pharmacy. As such the Punjab State Pharmacy Council is being operated under Pharmacy Act, 1948 & State Pharmacy Rules,1951 made thereunder.
The great Indian National Parliament enacted the Pharmacy Act of India in 1948. Resultantly the Punjab State Pharmacy Council has been constituted under the above said Act in 1949.