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PCP Student Explored Regulatory Side of Pharma Through Eli Lilly and Company Internship

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

Naiya PatelWith more than a year to go until she completes her doctor of pharmacy degree, Naiya Patel PharmD’17 has already got a dose of various aspects of the pharmaceutical industry. She has completed internships in regulatory affairs, research and development, and retail pharmacy to help identify her career niche, and most recently worked as a regulatory intelligence intern with Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.

“The enduring legacy of the Lilly name at University of the Sciences is one of great pride, so it was a real honor and privilege for me to use my pharmacy education and training during my summer internship with Eli Lilly and Company,” said Patel.

USciences has launched the careers of many innovative and pioneering individuals in the field of healthcare, including the founders of six of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. Among those companies is Eli Lilly and Company, which was established by Dr. Eli Lilly (Class of 1907) and his father, Josiah K. Lilly (Class of 1882).

The Lilly legacy at USciences continues today, as the special relationship between the two institutions is acknowledged through scholarship and internship programs. The Eli Lilly and Company Internship Program offers USciences students, like Patel, a unique opportunity to spend a summer in Indianapolis gaining firsthand work experience in their field.

As a regulatory intelligence intern, Patel was charged with gathering and analyzing regulatory information for impact or changes pertaining to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s laws, procedures, and guidelines. She also reviewed industry-related literature and news about the pharmaceutical industry as well as documented and organized technical file information.

"One of the aspects of this internship that was of great value was the ability to have one-on-one meetings with employees from different departments within the company," said Patel. "I truly learned of the various opportunities that this industry has to offer for pharmacists as well as expanded my professional network." 

Of special interest and importance to Patel is that she was able to present her research to the regulatory intelligence department at Eli Lilly and Company, including Robert Metcalf, vice president of global regulatory affairs.

Patel also previously held a summer internship with Emcure Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., in Brunswick, New Jersey, where she was exposed to the research and development side of the industry. Over the past year, she has also gained retail pharmacy and patient engagement experience at Aspire Pharmacy, an independent community pharmacy in West Philadelphia.

Aside from her practical work experience, Patel also serves as president of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy student chapter at USciences. This professional organization is open to all pharmacy students with an interest in managed health care. Its mission is to promote and develop the application of pharmaceutical care in order to ensure appropriate health outcomes for all individuals.

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