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The U.S. Pharmaceutical Industry – An In-Depth Overview by Udayan

  • An easy-to-understand guide on the highly complex U.S. Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Information on the drug approval process, trends and key players in the industry
  • Clear charts and data to help you prepare for your interview!

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Are you looking for an easy-to-read guide to the complicated pharmaceutical industry in the United States? Are you struggling to understand how to approach cases in this sector because of its complexity? This in-depth overview guides you through the entire drug-approval process, provides insight into important industy trends, highlights the industry‘s most important players, and much more. It provides an overview of the sector for those who want to know more or applicants specifically looking to get into Life Sciences consulting.


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From Conception to FDA Approval
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Types of Pharmaceutical Companies
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Types of Drugs
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How Do Pharmaceutical Companies Make Money?
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Major Business Functions
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Important Industry Trends
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Key Players in the Industry
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Meet the Author
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About the Author


Content Creator

Ex McKinsey EM in New York Office with 7 years of recruiting experience/ received all 3 MBB offers/Real MBB cases

  • McKinsey & Company
  • English
  • United States

Who Am I?
I'm Udayan, a former McKinsey Engagement Manager and interviewer. I love helping people with recruiting, from college students to experienced professionals. With experience hiring across multiple Fortune 100 firms, I know what it is that gets people excited about a candidate and can help you navigate the process. I specialize in management consulting, strategy and operations roles.

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