Apart from engaging in drug research and development proceeding to turn them into useful drugs, industrial pharmacists also improve existing drugs.
Within the pharmaceutical industry, they are a very important part of the team of professionals. For example, they might work together with pharmacologists, biochemists, biotechnologists, statesmen, chemical engineers, and toxicologists.
The industrial pharmacist’s participation in the project could begin at the research and development stage. Research and development of a new drug takes about twelve years on average.
They can start with the study of the ways in which the disease spreads and its effect on the body. So testing of thousands of chemical compounds can be involved to determine which one might work best in stopping an effect on the development of the disease.
The drug formulation process consists of selecting the appropriate chemical compound and converting it into a useful product so that it can be administered safely and effectively to the patient.
At this point in the process, the industrial pharmacist can also help decide how to administer the drug, for example, as a syrup, tablet, ointment or injection.
The next stage in development is to evaluate the strength, purity, and stability of the drug.
In clinical trials, industrial pharmacists work closely with doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel. Clinical trials typically include four phases: healthy volunteer trials, then trials with a small number of patients, then larger-scale patient trials, and finally studies in patients after the drug is marketed and available. in the marking.
Clinical trials involve the industrial pharmacist being in close contact with patients. Pharmacists involved in other stages of the process generally do not have any contact with the patient.
Some industrial pharmacists specialize in drug synthesis (manufacturing and production). In a first phase, they have to create a process that manages to synthesize the drug in the same way each time, using the same machinery and technology. This phase is known as “normalization”.
They also have to produce the drug on a large scale, compared to the small quantities that have been made in the laboratory during the development phase. This phase is known as “expansion”.
Others work on quality control, the procedure that makes the final product of the necessary quality for marketing.
This job consists of testing at each stage of the process. For example, they must check the concentration and purity of raw materials, throughout the shelf life and stability of the finished product.
Industrial pharmacists can be trained to take responsibility for making sure medicines have the right ingredients, in the right amounts.
In addition to laboratory work, some industrial pharmacists work in offices, for example in the registration department of a pharmaceutical company, where they also perform general management functions.
Before the company can market a new or improved drug, it must obtain a license. In the registration department, pharmacists collect the relevant data for the submission of the license application.
Other industrial pharmacists act as medical representatives, playing a marketing role, and working to educate doctors, hospital pharmacists, and pharmacists who work in pharmacies about the uses of the new drug and all of its effects. This part of the job may involve having to travel frequently within a local area.
Some pharmacists provide a customer information service about the products of the pharmaceutical company. They can use online databases to search medical and scientific literature in order to respond to a customer inquiry.
Pharmacists working in the information service perform various functions, including writing technical manuals, approving the content of advertising campaigns for the drug, and organizing medical libraries.