Working in the pharmaceutical industry isn’t all about making money. Most companies have a very strong culture of corporate social responsibility, using some of their profits to look after their employees and give something back to society. Many pharmaceutical companies support charities and education programmes around the world, and are often actively trying to reduce the environmental impact of their work.
By looking on the individual websites of the companies listed on our Pharmaceutical recruiters page you will be able to see what companies are doing to maintain their corporate social responsibility. Many people who work in the pharmaceutical industry are very passionate about what they do and the impact that their work has. Often pharmaceutical companies encourage their employees to take part in schemes such as the STEM Ambassadors network to interact and engage with the community about the work that they do. More about this scheme can be found at STEMNET.
The development of a new medicine is a long process, and each product must go through rigorous testing before it becomes available for the treatment of patients. Even if a compound seems to have the desired effect on cells in vitro, this doesn’t mean that it will also work in patients without serious side effects. Testing new medicines in animals acts as a bridge between in vitro experiments and clinical trials in humans, and is an essential part of the development process; without animal testing we wouldn’t have the range of medicines available to us today, and there would be very little hope of developing new medicines in the near future.
There are strict laws controlling the use of animal testing in the UK to ensure that it is as ethical as possible, and all companies carrying out animal testing must prove that they are replacing, reducing and refining the use of animal testing wherever possible. This is known as the ‘three Rs’ principle, and more can be found out about this on the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research.
More about the use of animals in medical research and the ABPI's position.