Industrial pharmacists work in the pharmaceutical field, specifically to research and develop new drugs and medications. Unlike pharmacists who are involved in medical and patient care, industrial pharmacists mainly work with pharmaceutical companies and government agencies alongside toxicologists, chemists, biologists, and pharmacologists.
In some cases, their work involves using their pharmaceutical knowledge to test the efficiency and safety of newly released drugs and oversee their development to ensure accurate production. This involves conducting comprehensive clinical trials in collaboration with other pharmaceutical companies and government agencies in order to measure drugs' effectiveness and identify any hazards or side effects; these trials require in-depth knowledge and strict attention to state and federal guidelines. In other cases, industrial pharmacists may help to market, promote, and release newly developed medication to patients, hospitals, and medical clinics. Some of this promotion may involve writing scientific reports and evaluations of new drugs to be published in scientific journals.
Industrial pharmacists typically work during traditional business hours with occasional overtime during releases of new products. Their work is conducted in an indoor laboratory setting with some interaction with harmful and toxic substances, as well as a small level of interaction with other medical professionals in order to communicate information about new products.
A doctor of pharmacy degree from an accredited pharmaceutical school is generally required for this position, and industrial pharmacists must also be licensed by the state in which they operate, which requires passing two exams.
Industrial Pharmacist Tasks
- Produce various dosage forms.
- Review progress of drug manufacturing.
- Oversee all aspects of drug production.