phar·ma·ceu·ti·cal sci·ences: The pharmaceutical sciences combine a broad range of scientific disciplines that are critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. Pharmaceutical sciences can be broadly classified into the following main categories: drug discovery and design, drug delivery, drug action, clinical sciences, drug analysis, cost effectiveness of medicines (pharmacoeconomics) and regulatory affairs.
Pharmaceutical scientists can pursue a variety of career opportunities/jobs. They are employed by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, they work as researchers, scientists and professors at universities, for agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), and at national laboratories such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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