Interested in the pharmaceutical industry? Here are five of the most promising career options to consider with a PharmD:
Pharmacists involved in clinical research are responsible for conducting investigational studies regarding the efficacy and safety of prospective drugs. A clinical research pharmacist designs and processes case report forms and study protocols, and most commonly works in a research lab setting. The goal of a clinical research pharmacist is to gain FDA approval for the drug being tested.
Drug safety pharmacists are the authoritative experts in safe medication use. They are responsible for reviewing adverse effects revealed in clinical trials, analyzing study results, and communicating safety information to the Research & Development (R&D) department of a pharmaceutical company.
Pharmacists working in regulatory affairs ensure the appropriate licensing, marketing, and legal compliance of drug products. There is a complex web of federal and state laws regulating pharmaceutical product development, and it is the regulatory affairs pharmacist’s job to navigate it. Working in regulatory affairs is typically a desk job.
Marketing and Sales
Pharmacists working in marketing or sales work in a more traditional business setting, often requiring lots of travel time. Pharmaceutical knowledge is invaluable in the marketplace when pitching a drug to a client. The pharmacist’s job is to visit hospital sites and attend conventions to spread information and sell the drug.
Pharmacists involved in medical affairs play key roles in the education and training of the healthcare community regarding the clinical usage of drug products. Medical affair pharmacists write formulary reviews, answer drug-related questions from clients and the general public, and give lectures on disease state management in various healthcare settings.