PHAR 1005


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

Course aim

To provide an overview of the domestic and international pharmaceutical industry sectors and to develop the skills in assessing the factors that will influence the future success or failure of a pharmaceutical company.

Course content

Information retrieval and communication within the pharmaceutical industry; drugs, medicines, formulations – what are they and how are they used for improving health? Advantages and disadvantage of drug use for improving health outcomes; history of the pharmaceutical industry; overview of the Australian pharmaceutical industry; multinational pharmaceutical industry; public and private support for drug development, and investments in drug development; the drug development pipeline; the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry; structure and function of regulatory bodies (TGA, FDA, etc); scheduling, distribution and sale of therapeutic goods including complementary medicines; how companies are created, and the drivers for success and failure; management and corporate structure in the pharmaceutical industry; contract research organisations and their role in the industry
Introduction to pharmacoeconomics; the cost of drug development; improving drug delivery through design of novel technologies; human and animal ethics issues in drug development; case studies in pharmaceutical industry – success stories and failures.


H.P. Rang 2021, Drug Discovery and Development: Technology in Transition, 3rd, Churchill Livingstone (Elsevier)





Teaching method

Component Duration
Workshop 3 hours x 13 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Examination, Learning log/Journal, Presentation, Report


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Course Coordinators

UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

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