Public Health

ronhunter@biocareers.com

Ron
Hunter

Navigating Through a Government Job World

Chemists work everywhere! Over the years, I interviewed for jobs ranging from forensic chemist at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to research professor at Drexel University. 


maida.beth@gmail.com

Maida
Taylor

Foreign Intrigue: Does outsourcing jobs mean outsourcing ethics?

The drug giant, Glaxo Smith Kline, has a lot of explaining to do.  This month the company has suffered a public relations storm with charges of  bribery, arrests of executives in China,  and allegations of falsifying research results, to name a few. Here at home, GSK is also in hot water.  CEO Andrew Witty was almost confessional in his public statements regarding a $3 billion settlement with the US Department of Justice for allegations of off-label promotion of Wellbutrin and Paxil, failure to report safety data for Avandia, and pricing irregularities for other drugs.


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Maida
Taylor

Listening at Hearings at the FDA

Last month, I attended two days of hearings at the FDA campus in White Oak, MD.  The first day concerned two neuroscience molecules, gabapentin and paroxetine, both being evaluated for the treatment of menopausal vasomotor symptoms.


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Maida
Taylor

Prescription Drug Crimes: Compounding -- Part V

I am sure everyone who reads these blogs on Bio Careers is familiar with the on-going story about the outbreak of fungal meningitis traced to contaminated compounded corticosteroids used to treat back pain. The index case was described in the New England Journal of Medicine (Nov 29,2012) as a man in his 50s who presented with headache and neck pain after receiving a spinal steroid injection to help with pain related to degenerative lumbar disk disease.  Initially, he was diagnosed and treated for bacterial meningitis and discharged.


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Maida
Taylor

Will “reshoring” = restoring jobs in the USA?

It’s the same old song---contaminated drugs from China.  The news was reported by Laurie Burkitt in the Wall Street Journal  on April 17, 2012.  Chinese authorities halted the sale of 13 drugs, because the gelatin capsules used in manufacturing were found to have high levels of the heavy metal chromium.   The affected products included two antibiotics and 11 herbal products.  And as we hear over and over, cost pressures apparently provoked the producer to use industrial grade gelatin instead of food grade gelatin in the manufacture of these capsules. 


maida.beth@gmail.com

Maida
Taylor

Bench vs Bedside: Arrowsmith Revisited

In 1925, Sinclair Lewis published Arrowsmith (a novel for which he later won a Pulitzer Prize), the story of a young medical researcher.  Martin Arrowsmith, the protagonist, served as a role model for scores of medical students intent on devoting their lives to medical science.  The portrait of Martin is vivid, owing to Lewis’ skill and to his close collaboration with microbiologist  Paul DeKruif.  Lewis brought some knowledge of medical practice to the novel, since his father was a physician.


maida.beth@gmail.com

Maida
Taylor

Public Health or Corporate Wealth?

I am sitting in an auditorium at Georgetown University attending a symposium on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on scientific publications and continuing medical education.  This is a decidedly hostile crowd.  The crusaders are all here, including Arnold Relman, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He is a former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine (1977–91) and evidences such vigorous idealism I cannot believe he was born in 1923.


lisanlparker@vanderbilt.edu

Lisan
Parker

Introductions-who I am, and what do I do now

Hello, my name is Lisan.  Biocareers has asked me to share my experiences and career path with you.  My sincere hope is that you will find the lessons that I and others have learned to be helpful as you journey and make your own career decisions.  Thank you Biocareers for this opportunity!


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Meghan
Mott

Alternative Careers for Science PhDs: Part III – Science Policy

Postdocs have few years to identify career goals, strengthen CVs, and construct a professional network, all while working full time in the lab. Given the current situation in academia, most of us will end up in what used to be considered alternative careers. There is a long list of non-academic careers.  We just have to know where to look and how to market ourselves. For the creative communicators among us, science writing is an option. For those interested in protecting public health, a career in regulatory affairs could be appropriate.