Investigation of industrial pharmacists’ views on pharmaceutical industry careers.

Kirby-Smith, J., Portlock, J. and Brown, D. (2008) Investigation of industrial pharmacists’ views on pharmaceutical industry careers. Pharmaceutical Journal, 281 . pp. 270-277.

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Abstract

To investigate the range of occupations undertaken by pharmacists in the pharmaceutical industry and to explore their views on this area of the profession and its value to the industry. Design Theme analysis of responses to a questionnaire comprising structured and open questions. Subjects and setting Industrial pharmacists on the Industrial Pharmacists Group (IPG) electronic mailing list. Outcome measures Roles and views on industrial pharmacy practice. Results 153 pharmacists from the IPG responded. 107 (70%) worked in research and development, 54 (35%) in regulatory affairs, 49 (32%) in administration and 43 (28%) in quality assurance. Respondents were enthusiastic about their role in the industry, and considered that their pharmacy training was a positive feature in determining the value of the contribution they made to the industry. Key positive themes that emerged included the availability of a wide variety of jobs and ability to perform well due to broad knowledge base. Negative themes included a need for more promotion of this area of practice and better support from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Conclusions Many industrial pharmacists think there is a wide range of opportunities for pharmacists to provide a valuable contribution to the industry, particularly in view of their breadth of knowledge, and that this career option should be promoted to potential recruits more effectively.

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Departments, units and centres:Department of Practice and Policy > Department of Practice and Policy
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