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Pharmaceutics
Pharmaceutics

  • Body of scientific knowledge dealing with the design, fabrication, and evaluation of drug products

  • capsules, ointments, injectables, sustained release tablets, transdermal patches, inhalers, pumps, implants, lipid-based systems

  • Patients don’t take drugs; they take drug products!


Drug product performance
Drug Product Performance

drug substance

excipients

Drug product manufacturing method

on bioavailability?

Drug structure on absorption or

metabolism?

Relation between drug disposition profile

in body and drug action profile?

drug product

absorption

or input

metabolism

distribution

in body

elimination

drug action


Drug development process
Drug Development Process

therapeutic interest

chemical synthesis

pharmacology

pharmaceutics

human studies

new drug product


Multi disciplinary
Multi-disciplinary

  • chemistry

  • biology

  • engineering and materials science

  • medical sciences

  • mathematics


Areas of employment
Areas of Employment

  • pharmaceutical industry

  • academic

  • government


Median salaries
Median Salaries

  • $63,000 if less than 5 years

  • $78,000 if between 5 - 10 years

  • $94,000 if between 10 - 20 years

  • data from a 1997 AAPS survey of pharmaceutical scientists with a Ph.D. degree


Pharmaceutics graduate programs
Pharmaceutics Graduate Programs

  • Schools of Pharmacy

    (within Pharmaceutical Science or Pharmaceutical Chemistry departments)

  • students from varied backgrounds

  • about 5 years of study (course work and laboratory research)


Graduate student salaries
Graduate Student Salaries

  • Generally $1,500 /month plus benefits and tuition

  • Not like undergraduate!


Things to do
Things to Do

  • enjoy current studies/job

  • summer or part-time research position at university or company

  • talk to scientists and professors

  • request information from prospective graduate programs

  • AAPS meeting (www.aaps.org)

  • journals: Pharm Res, J Pharm Sci, and www.pharmsci.org


Pharmaceutics1
Pharmaceutics

  • stimulating

  • rewarding

  • fun