Evolution of the Pharmaceutical-Biotech Ecosystem and Career Choice

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Once upon a time the two, pharmacology and biotechnology, were extremely distinct, but the line has been blurred between the two and now careers have evolved which may actually extend to both studies. Scientific careers need those who have anywhere from an Associate�s degree to a Doctoral, however even community colleges are now training biotechnology technicians.

Biotechnology also involves manufacturing, infrastructure maintenance, facilities, human resources, information technology, quality assurance, and of course quality control. Pharmacology of course involves evaluation of medications and drug therapies, manufacturing and development of same. Thus, both careers have blended and pharmaceutical giants such as AstraZeneca, Genetech, Novartis and Merck, to name but a few, are still hiring and in fact sorely need people to fill not just scientific jobs but many pharmaceutical jobs as well.

Pharmacist jobs especially are growing in need because of the amazing advances in biotechnology. Advances in biotechnology have resulted in new drugs and in fact various conditions that are exceedingly responsive to biotechnology in the form of self-injectable drugs include cancer, hepatitis B and C, infertility, growth hormone deficiency, hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and organ transplants.

As we find more cures, more doctors are prescribing drugs to alleviate pain, and take away some of the worst symptoms of those suffering with diseases. You have but to witness the long lines waiting for pharmaceuticals in your local pharmacy to realize that.

Signing bonuses are common for those in pharmacist jobs, though the necessary education requirements have also moved upward. Where someone with a pharmaceutical sciences degree may seek work includes long-term care facilities, various pharmaceutical corporations as well as biotechnological corporations, hospitals and of course retail pharmacies.

Some pharmacy jobs may call for a specialist, such as a nuclear pharmacist, or one who specializes in home infusions or chemotherapy. Pharmacists who are not in your typical pharmacist jobs such as hospitals and retail pharmacies are sometimes found in pharmaceutical benefit management for large health care companies, or various health insurance corporations.

Today, too there is a huge growth of mail order and Internet pharmacies, as well as pharmaceutical wholesalers where pharmacists may well find their niche in the pharmacy jobs being offered. Some other pharmacy jobs may entail those pharmaceutical specialists who deal only with geriatric medicine, pediatric medicine, or IV nutrition for example, as well as a psychiatric pharmacy.

Another pharmaceutical field that is growing by leaps and bounds involves special training to become a compounding pharmacist specialist. Because some people have diseases that off-the-shelf prescription drugs and medications cannot meet, these pharmacists learn how to make compounds that will help those people and thus they offer to make personalized medical solutions for them. Pharmacist jobs in compounding go wanting very often, though they pay extremely well.

Specialty pharmacies who hire specialty pharmacists were developed to offer pharmaceuticals, medical products, and assorted services when people with acute conditions or individuals, who have chronic illnesses, require biotechnological intervention. Those involved in these pharmacy jobs specialize in high-cost, and also high-risk conditions thus they work closely with insurance companies to ensure that the drugs involved are prescribed appropriately, as well as used correctly. They are frequently held responsible for the job of making sure the drugs are discontinued as well. In addition to having extraordinary product expertise, these biotech specialty pharmacies and those holding pharmaceutical jobs in them also proffer an assortment of services that will contribute heavily to both financial as well as to administrative efficiency.
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