what's the best way to get into pharma after working as a pharmacist for 5 years? I graduated with a PharmD and worked in retail pharmacy from 2016-2020 due to visa status. Even then it was hard to make a transition into pharma so i tried hospital job. I hated it so after 6 months, i switched job again to PBM. Now i feel it's even harder to get any entry level job. and wondering if i should go back to school to reset my career (ie. MBA or HOPE) Thoughts? I desperately need some guidance.

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Per a actual pharmacist that I work with, the best way would be to start at drug rep. That’s was her transition. Good luck

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Med affairs or start lower in a commercial role

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Associate Brand manager plenty of those out there

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Would also look at medical communications

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Look at medical communications and medical strategy. Happy to pass your resume. No need to go back to school TBH.

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What are you trying to do in pharma?

I’ve worked with a number of PharmDs in various promo agencies who worked as medical directors. That could be an option for you.

Why is your title Physician if you have a PharmD?

That’s a good question - I didn’t choose the title and requested to change the title but they never fixed it

Also agree on the drug rep

Not sure if you still need help, but I had no Pharma experience, was frustrated with Retail and hated Hospital. I was able to land a full time Drug safety role a few years ago through networking and obviously interviewing. Then left the full time role for a contract role and within an year I was full time again at the new place as they liked my performance. So moral is hang in there, there’s a lot of demand for good talent. Try the consultant/contract role route and make your way into the company. Hope this helps!

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