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Drug Simulation Puts Students in Real World
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.kirschner@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215.895.1186

A cross-disciplinary team of PCP students took part in an all-day drug simulation workshop and competition sponsored by Pfizer. Teams from each of three local pharmacy schools, including Temple and Jefferson, converged at Temple University on September 8 and 9 to take part in the table top exercise.

“It was a great experience,” recalled Steven Tambon PH/TX’12. “We were thrown together into working as a team.”

The exercise simulated bringing a drug to market under budgetary, time, and approval constraints. For example, every hour that passed equaled a year’s time. At the end, the students would need to present their drug to the FDA for approval.

Unfortunately, the USciences team ran into some technical difficulties in the phase 2 trials. While the team did not land the next big drug, they had more important experiences like interacting with Pfizer execs.

“It was one of the best experiences I could have gotten for my major,” said Tambon. “We got a hands-on, real-life experience.”

The members of USciences Traque Pharmaceutical Team were:

Scott Cahayla PharmD’12
Ann Cha PH/TX’12
Jessica Cherian PharmD’12
Jennifer Collins PHSci’12Veraaj Garachh PharmD’12
Alyssa Luong PhSci’12
Lindsay McDonnell PharmD’12
Payal Patel PharmD’12
Steven Tambon PH/TX’12

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