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Behind the Scenes, Role

Of Pharmacists In Clinical
Research
Pharmacists around the world are playing immense roles in the
growth of Clinical Research. Some does contribute as a part
of their profession and a few are passionate about their behind
the scenes role.

Such passionate pharmacist is Michelle Foust ; she doesnt


dispense pills at the corner pharmacy but she distributes them
worldwide. Foust is the director of new product development at
Almac Group, a multinational company that packages and
distributes experimental drugs for clinical trials.
Behind the scenes, Foust and other pharmacists help
coordinate the research and development process that brings
new medication from the laboratory to the road corner
pharmacy.

Foust in her career is most of pharmacists fill in a research


setting instead of in the much more familiar retail setting.
Although pharmacists who pursue research careers are still a
minority, their ranks are expanding quickly within the
pharmaceutical industry and the multitude of organizations
developing and testing novel compounds.
Opportunities are Abound
Pharmacists occupy a variety of roles within Clinical
Research Organizations and Labs; some designing phase I
trials, others occupying executive-level management positions.
Still other pharmacists work as clinical research associates in
late-phase clinical trials, traveling to investigator sites to
oversee compliance with research protocols and investigating
adverse drug events and safety concerns.
Some pharmacists and their companies give presentations at
pharmacy schools to raise awareness of the growing career
opportunities for pharmacists in clinical research. Often clinical
research officers or project managers typically write protocols,
choose investigators and study sites. They also monitor clinical
trials, collect and analyze trial data, report adverse events, and
write and publish clinical-study reports. Within the clinical
research enterprise, pharmacists often move into leadership
positions in drug-development studies. But because the work is
behind the scenes, few pharmacists hear about these job
opportunities.
In addition, a number of pharmacists are working as
consultants to biotechnology or small pharmaceutical
companies that have a promising compound and are trying to
design the first clinical protocol to test the compounds safety
in human subjects.
Bridging the gap in drug information
Individuals trained in the field of pharmacy are in the exact
position to bridge the gap between the pool of gnomic
informations becoming available and the goal of personalized

medications.
On taking a look at the pharmagnetic information there is a
tremendous need for clinical pharmacologists, and the only
group that will be able to fill that gap is pharmacists. Pharmacy
has to meet that challenge. They have to be better trained in
general science in order to do the pharmagenetics that is out
there.
Douglas Figg, a pharmacist points out that his laboratory
recently completed a study using a DNA chip that can rapidly
profile 1243 single-nucleotide polymorphisms in 163 genes
involved in drug metabolism and transport using a single DNA
sample. This vast amount of data is soon going to be available
on each patient who would interpret and modify therapies
based on this information?
In words of Figg, it wont be physicians. Fewer than a dozen
physicians train to become clinical pharmacologists each year.
However, pharmacists are perfectly poised to bridge the
knowledge gap between laboratory data, and opportunities for
them in clinical practice are only going to expand.
The profession of pharmacy has a lot to offer!
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