Clinical Research: A Refreshing Career for Young Pharmacists

Neeraj Gilhotra

Abstract: Clinical Research in India is projected to progress five times by year 2010. The present employment of around 10,000 clinical research professionals and additional 1500 work staff at clinical trial sites shall increase with around 12,000 jobs in a year for health care students and fresh as well as experienced professionals. With health care practitioners and students still taking a second thought over shifting from practice to opt for a job in research, it is a yet another more- to- offer opportunity for young pharmacists and pass outs. The present content underlines a highly responsible yet refreshing research area with lots of travel and interaction based job, which no doubt requires a good mind for medical accuracy.

A pharmaceutical company conducts extensive pre-clinical or laboratory research i.e. testing of chemical compounds in animal and human cells. The compounds are also extensively tested in animals. If this stage of testing gives positive results, a pharmaceutical company provides this data to the regulatory body requesting its approval to begin testing the drug in humans. This testing of drug in humans is called Clinical Trial.

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