How many people are employed in the pharmaceutical industry? 

The pharmaceutical industry in the UK employs around 67,000 people directly (25,000 of those in research and development).

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Where can I find information on over-the-counter medicines? 

Contact the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) for information about OTC medicines. For more information visit www.pagb.co.uk.

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Where can I find information on medical devices/medical equipment/hospital supplies? 

Contact The Association of British Healthcare Industries at www.abhi.org.uk

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Where can I find information about careers in the pharmaceutical industry? 

Where can I find a list of pharmaceutical manufacturers? 

This information is available from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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Where can I find information about packaging and labelling?

How do I get information about taking part in a clinical trial?

There are numerous clinical trials databases where you can to search for trials.

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How can I report a side effect associated with my medication? 

You should report a side effect from a medicine to your doctor in the first instance. You can also report a medicine side effect online via the MHRA Yellow Card scheme.

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Is it possible for individuals to become members of the ABPI, or is membership only open to companies?

ABPI is governed by a Constitution which currently does not allow individuals to join the ABPI.

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How do I get information about the ABPI Exam for medical reps?

Visit the frequently asked questions in the ABPI Exam website https://exams.abpi.org.uk/pages/core/faq.aspx

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Can you please send me information on courses/seminars about the latest ABPI Code of Practice?

For further information about the seminars including a list of dates and how to book please visit the Training on the Code page of the PMCPA website at http://www.pmcpa.org.uk/training/Pages/Code-of-Practice-seminars.aspx

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