Thinking about a career in the pharmaceutical industry?2019-10-07T11:04:23+00:00

Project Description

Thinking about a career in the pharmaceutical industry? 

A DSRU and Royal Pharmaceutical Society collaborative event

Course overview

Venue: Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1AW

Date: Monday 18 Nov 2019

This collaborative event with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is aimed at anyone who is thinking of a career in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly drug safety departments and medical affairs (no previous experience is required)! The course, taught by leading experts in the pharmaceutical industry who have extensive experience in drug safety and medical affairs, will share their insights and provide advice for the array of career options available.

The course will introduce the importance of drug safety, how this affects patients and what it is like in a patient safety department ‘day-day’. Practical workshops will give delegates an understanding of the on-going and proactive drug safety activities which are taking place in the patient safety departments and the key partnerships with health authorities to ensure that the patients are safe whilst they are taking medicines.

*Please note that the course dates and programme may be subject to change.

Who should attend?

If you have an interest in pursuing a new career in the pharmaceutical industry, then this will be an ideal starter for you. No previous experience necessary.

Aims of course

To understand:

  • The importance of patient safety and care in relation to the use of medicines
  • The importance of drug safety throughout the products life-cycle and how this is carried out in drug safety departments
  • Signal to Risk Management in drug safety creating significant safety information
  • On-going benefit – risk monitoring of drugs and the importance of identifying new or changing risks of a medicine and measures taken to mitigate risk and promote safe and effective use
  • Insight to an exciting career in drug safety

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course delegates should be able to:

  • Introduce drug safety concepts including terminologies, legal and regulatory basics and historical perspective
  • Understand the importance of keeping patients safe and the role of patient safety departments in companies
  • Explain the integral role of patient safety department in a company and the key partnerships in drug safety, both internal and external
  • Understand benefit-risk monitoring of drugs
  • Critically explain compliance in drug safety
  • Understand what day to day looks like in a patient safety department
  • Discuss possible career paths in drug safety

Key Topics

Programmed features:

  • Importance of collecting safety data and the impact on patients
  • Legal and regulatory basics of pharmacovigilance
  • Key milestones in pharmacovigilance
  • Activities involved in a Patient Safety Department
  • Importance of compliance in drug safety and ‘getting it right’
  • Insight into day-day drug safety roles
  • Careers in pharmacovigilance and how to succeed in interviews

Course Leader blog 

“Having worked in various sectors of pharmacy including hospital, community and academic pharmacist roles, I found my passion in drug safety in the pharmaceutical industry. I wanted to improve my technical knowledge in drug safety, therefore I completed an MSc in Pharmacovigilance soon after my MPharm degree at the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) part time whilst working full time. I recognised that I had a great career ahead in drug safety and my enthusiasm grew knowing that I could ensure patient safety by monitoring the adverse effects of marketed or investigational drugs. I realised this was a great career for a pharmacist as I was still able to use my scientific knowledge gained on my MPharm degree as well as develop new skills. This is an important role in the drug lifecycle. With the continuous changes in drug safety regulations globally, you will be continuously developing your technical PV knowledge as well as developing and building your analytical skills which is the central theme in a PV career. No two days would be the same!

As the founder and leader of the ‘Thinking of a career in drug safety course’ I set this course up to help other pharmacists think about a career in drug safety and gain insights as it is difficult to get experience in the pharmaceutical industry and this important part of drug development is not a focus in the undergraduate pharmacy course. This is a new exciting course that is aimed at anyone who is thinking of a career in the pharmaceutical industry and what it entails (no previous experience is required)!

The course is taught by leading experts in the pharmaceutical industry who have extensive experience in drug safety who will share their insights and provide advice for the array of career options. The course will introduce the importance of drug safety, how this affects patients and what it is like in a patient safety department ‘day-to-day’. Practical workshops will give delegates an understanding of the on-going and proactive drug safety activities which are taking place in the patient safety departments and the key partnerships with health authorities to ensure that the patients are safe whilst they are taking medicines.”

Dania Shamil MPharmS, MSc PV Manager of International Pharmacovigilance and UK QPPV at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Fees

RPS Member: £60.00

Non-Member: £125.00

Non-GphC Registrant: £125.00

Registration fees include: 

  • Access to all sessions;
  • Delegate pack on arrival;
  • Printed and electronic event resources;
  • Refreshments and lunch;
  • Certificate of attendance.

Download Course Programme

Click here to download the programme

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Booking options

Visit the Royal Pharmaceutical Society website to book your place

“The course is very well organised. It is informative, motivational and eye-opening. I really found the workshop of possible scenarios in the workplace very engaging and entertaining. It helped me to prepare myself for a successful interview. Definitely a plus on my CV.”

Thinking of a career in drug safety delegate 2019

“Inspiring course led by enthusiastic speakers. Enjoyable talks. Practical advice about getting roles in drug safety/PV roles”

Thinking of a career in drug safety delegate 2019

“All speakers were very engaging, delivery was excellent. All presentation had detailed content and were well prepared”

Thinking of a career in drug safety delegate 2019

Course Leader 

Dania Shamil – Senior Pharmacovigilance Regulations Specialist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals 

Dania graduated from the University of London, School of Pharmacy with a Master of Pharmacy Degree in 2010 and registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council as a qualified pharmacist in 2011. Dania worked as a hospital pharmacist for two years that included her pre-registration year. Dania was soon after head-hunted to work as a pharmacist in the Home Healthcare Sector. As part of her role she was heavily involved in setting up the pharmacovigilance system and felt the postgraduate programme in pharmacovigilance offered by the DSRU would benefit the development of a career in pharmacovigilance as she was keen to be involved in ensuring patient safety by monitoring the adverse effects of marketed or investigational drugs.

As a direct result of starting the MSc in Pharmacovigilance with the DSRU, Dania was approached by numerous pharmaceutical companies who felt the qualification added years of experience to her profile, despite only having worked in pharmacovigilance for just over a year. This led to Dania’s first industry role of Senior Pharmacovigilance Associate, which involved centralising and managing pharmacovigilance systems in the UK affiliate.

Contact Info

Drug Safety Research Unit Bursledon Hall, Blundell Lane, Southampton, SO31 1AA, U.K.

Phone: +44 (0)23 80 40 86 00

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