Pharmaceutical Industry 101 for Pharmacists

As most pharmacy degree programs focus on clinical and retail workplace settings, this CE will educate pharmacists on requirements, professional opportunities, and paths to a career in the pharmaceutical industry. This presentation will provide information on the different resources provided by pharmaceutical companies that pharmacists can utilize to improve patient care and drug accessibility and how an understanding of the pharmaceutical industry can improve the lives of patients.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Explain the different phases of the drug development process and characteristics of each development stage.
  • Identify how pharmacists and other HCPS can assist in enrolling patients in clinical trials.
  • Identify the potential paths into industry for pharmacists.
  • Recall the different functional areas of pharmaceutical industry.
  • Explain the value of medical information hotlines and the types of requests they can address.
  • Identify the different types of drug access programs and the qualifications patients need to meet.


Abigail Nesbeth, PharmD, is from the sunshine state of Florida and a 2021 PharmD graduate from the University of Florida. She is currently a pharmaceutical industry fellow at MCPHS/Sanofi working in Immunology on the Global Scientific Communications Team. Prior to pharmacy school, Abigail obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminology in 2017. During her time in pharmacy school, Abigail worked at SinfoniaRx for three years where she acquired medication therapy management (MTM) experience by servicing Medicare Part D patients.

Waverly Yang, PharmD, is currently a post-doctoral pharmaceutical industry fellow at Sanofi in partnership with MCPHS in Global Scientific Communications: Immunology as well as a Pharmacist Advisor for Curist. She received her PharmD degree from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas A&M University. Previously, Waverly worked as a Healthcare Startup Strategy and Research Intern at Curist where she led projects on competitive intelligence, physician network growth, digital marketing, and authored blog articles on allergies, COVID-19, and heartburn. She has also worked as a pharmacy intern for SinfoniaRx and Tarrytown Pharmacy and was a pharmacy technician for more than 3 years at CVS Pharmacy.

Madison Cisewski, PharmD, completed her PharmD at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In 2020, she joined Sanofi as a post-doctoral fellow through MCPHS on the Global Scientific Communications – Immunology team, and also worked with pharmacy students at MCPHS as an adjunct faculty member. She completed the fellowship program in 2022 and is now a Medical Science Liaison.

Registration Fee: This module is provided free of charge.

Release Date: May 11, 2022
Expiration Date: May 11, 2023
ACPE UAN:0026-0000-22-005-H99-P | Knowledge
ACPE Topic Designator: Additional Topic Areas
Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEU)

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences designates this educational activity for a total of 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs).

To receive credit, participants must complete pre and post-assessments, view the entire presentation, and evaluate the session. Participant credit will be reported to the CPE Monitor upon conclusion. Transcripts may be printed from the CPE Monitor.

The policy of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is ensuring balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. Any individuals involved in planning or content creation for a continuing education activity are required to disclose financial relationships with ineligible companies that have occurred within the last 24 months. The intent of the policy is to identify and mitigate potential conflicts of interest that may affect the activity. All clinical medicine recommendations must be based on evidence accepted within the medical profession. 

Abigail Nesbeth, Waverly Yang, and Madison Cisewski do not hold relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Fellowship mentor, Ricky Thumar does not hold relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Continuing Education staff members hold no financial relationships with ineligible companies related to the content of this presentation.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will identify, review, and mitigate all conflicts of interest disclosed prior to delivery of an educational activity to learners. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but provides participants with information that may be of potential importance when they are evaluating content.