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Pharmaceutical Professionals Have No Room for Error

17 SEP 2012
Career Path : Pharmaceutical Quality Control

The pharmaceutical industry is one that we depend on. We count on it to supply the medication that we need in the case of illness or treatment and we depend on the accuracy of their knowledge. From the pharmacist who administers our medication and answers our questions to the pharmaceutical sales representative, to the scientists who work day-to-day to better our world, we depend on them to be right. The information that they supply to the general public has to be dependable, and correct. Mistakes or miscommunications can lead to illness, maltreatment or even death.

The dependence of the general public is a significant weight to bear. This is why pharmaceutical quality control has to be pristine. Scientific programs, information resources, networking opportunities, professional development and ongoing education are all readily available to scientific and pharmaceutical professionals in order to ensure that all pharmaceutical scientists have access to the most current information available. Forums are also available for pharmaceutical professionals to stay in touch with one another, while simultaneously keeping each other up to date on the most recent medical discoveries, designs, analysis results, regulations, clinical evaluations, safety policies and production issues. This essentially allows for the team building of the pharmaceutical industry, and they, in turn, can supply the most accurate collection of information to the general public.

Objectivity is also an important (and necessary) quality for scientific professionals. They must report findings and all of their research with respect to the rules and regulations of the scientific community. They must do this regardless of personal opinion or preference, in order to ensure the complete quality control of the scientific community.

Of course, there are rules in place to ensure the quality assurance and quality control of the pharmaceutical industry. Members are obligated to conduct research that adheres to only the highest standards of scientific study. This means that they must respect the rights of the public, the animals used for research, the wellbeing of the environment, and any human subjects that they work with. Respecting the rules and regulations that are in place does this. Adherence to these actions inspire not only the confidence of the public, but also to ensure that any scientific research done is not in vain.

If the occasion should arise that a scientific professional disrespects the regulations in place to ensure pharmaceutical quality assurance, other members of the scientific community are obliged to report these acts for the wellbeing of all of society. These misconducts include any sort of plagiarism, fabrication, performance issues, falsification, or misrepresentation of scientific findings.

The fact that pharmaceutical scientists are governed by specific rules and regulations ensures that the work that they do is done for the betterment of society. Knowing that quality assurance and quality control are of the upmost concern to the scientific community means that the wellbeing of the general public is first atop their list of priorities.

Visit the Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS) Inc. for more information on the importance of pharmaceutical quality control.