Pharmacokinetics is a key aspect of drug safety and investigates the fate of a drug in the body, in other words how the substance is absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated. Whereas pharmacology (the investigation of the effects of drugs) tends to be the preserve of biologists, doctors and veterinarians, the interdisciplinary and general scientific knowledge you have gained during your pharmacy studies will stand you in good stead to deal with pharmacokinetic issues. Your understanding of animal and human pharmacology coupled with a sound knowledge of pharmaceutical dosage forms and the possibilities of drug targeting provide the ideal basis for investigating how the body deals with a drug.
Starting a career in Pharmacokinetics
As a scientific assistant (with or without a PhD) you will perform and evaluate in vitro and in vivo trials and interpret the results.
As a laboratory manager (usually with a PhD) you will manage a laboratory group, plan and evaluate studies. You will be responsible for projects, represent your area in project teams and prepare regulatory documents and expert reports.
Your prospects in Pharmacokinetics
Your development opportunities arise from managerial tasks with extended responsibility within Pharmacokinetics or other areas' activities (see Formulation and Technical Development).