An overview of the pharmaceutical industry

Occup Med. 1997 Jan-Mar;12(1):1-4.


The research-based pharmaceutical industry is a large and diverse worldwide employer. Rapid changes in the health care marketplace have resulted in many changes for the industry, including a need to streamline the drug discovery and development process. To address this challenge, new technologies have been rapidly adapted. Another result of the changing marketplace has been a rapid consolidation with many recent mergers and acquisitions as well as internal reorganizations to better support new and varied customers.

MeSH terms

  • Drug Evaluation / methods
  • Drug Industry* / economics
  • Drug Industry* / standards
  • Drug Industry* / trends
  • Humans
  • Research
  • Technology, Pharmaceutical* / economics
  • Technology, Pharmaceutical* / standards
  • Technology, Pharmaceutical* / trends
  • United States