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Diverse Opportunities Await Pharmacists in Industry

Diverse Opportunities Await Pharmacists in Industry

John Rossheim | Monster Senior Contributing Writer

Drug Safety

“Entry-level positions in industry are often in drug safety,” Bongiorno says. With their intensive safety training, PharmDs are well-suited to many roles within this critical function.

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Pharmacists may be called on to review adverse effects revealed in clinical studies, work with databases of study results and communicate safety information to a pharmaceutical firm’s R&D department.

Regulatory Affairs

“People move into regulatory affairs from postgrad training programs like residencies or fellowships,” Bongiorno says. Putting in a year or two at relatively low wages can pay big dividends later in terms of career growth and compensation.

Regulatory affairs specialists help ensure that drugs under development meet the complex web of federal and state regulations that protect the public. Pharmacists in this role work with safety data and produce communications such as product labels for patients and healthcare providers.

Marketing and Sales Support

Pharmaceuticals makers can’t sell their products without incorporating technical information into their pitch. Enter PharmD medical marketing and sales specialists.

“PharmD reps are the ones who go to hospitals and make sales at conventions,” says the California pharmacist recruiter. “They’re the pharmacists who go in to see the pharmacists.”

Education and Training

Offering a complex array of products, drug companies face a daunting task when it comes to educating their own staffs, the healthcare community at large and the public.

“I help meet the needs of our customers who are healthcare providers,” says Catherine Cooke, a Baltimore-based education consultant for Pfizer and an adjunct professor of pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. “I do formulary reviews, assist with drug and medical information, and give lectures on disease states and appropriate management at hospitals and in doctors’ offices.”

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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