Since publication of the 1st edition of this book there have been many changes in the environment of medicines research; changes in philosophy, direction, organisation, communication, financing and regulation, reflected here in the updated and additional chapters. The mapping of the human genome, the growth of information technology and the globalisation of medicines research and development to international standards are just some of the changes which have a major impact on the way we perceive and address discovery research, development and the marketing needs of medicines.
In addition, as with many other industries, the concept of job for life has been replaced by the need to acquire transferable skills through continuing education and training. For those already in the industry, this book will help maintain a clear focus for career development opportunities in the light of the current structure.
While it is not possible to cover all the variants of jobs and opportunities that exist in such a complex industry, it is hoped that enough light is thrown on the different careers in pharmaceuticals to allow those at the start of their working life as well as those seeking a new direction in their career to make the right choice.
Preface to the First Edition.
I: Background to Medicines Research and Development.
Pharmaceutical Medicine A Specialist Discipline (F. Gabbay).
The Contribution of Academic Clinical Pharmacology to Medicine Research (C. George).
A Career in Drug Discovery (D. Ellis).
II: Careers in Pre–Clinical and Clinical Research.
A Career in Clinical Pharmacology (R. Yates).
Career Opportunities for Physicians in the Pharmaceutical Industry (B. Spilker).
The Clinical Research Associate (G. Hayes).
Clinical Trial Administrator and Study Site Co–ordinator Key Roles in Clinical Research (N. Murgatroyd, et al.).
Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry (C. Hilton and T. Lewis).
Careers in Data Management (S. Varley).
Working in a Contract Research Organisation (J. Barrett).
III: Careers in Sales and Marketing.
A Career in Product Management (R. Carlisle).
A Career in Medical Sales and Medical Sales Management (R. Carlisle).
IV: General Careers with the Pharmaceutical Industry.
The Role of the Pharmacist in Healthcare (D. Jordan).
Careers for Nurses with the Pharmaceutical Industry (J. Kenkre).
The Toxicologist in Pharmaceutical Medicine (G. Diggle).
A Career in Clinical Quality Assurance (R. Hattemer–Apostel).
A Career in Product Registration and Regulatory Affairs (P. Turmer).
Careers in Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance (P. Barnes).
Careers in Medical Information (J. Taylor).
Medical Writing as a Career (B. Mullinger).
Career Opportunities in Medicines Regulation The Medical Assessor (N. Baber).
Pharmaceutical Law – A Growing Legal Specialty (I. Dodds–Smith)
Industry Careers for Pharmacoeconomists (N. Bosanquet).
Consultant in Pharmaceutical Medicine (B. Gennery).
V: Career Progression.
Landing that Job Recruitment, CVs and Interviews (S. Ransom).
Career Development in Pharmaceuticals (R. Stephens).
Opportunities for Education and Training in the Pharmaceutical Industry (P. Stonier and G. Hayes).