"Two Roads Diverged in a Wood,
and I Took the One Less Traveled by..."
The Road Not Taken
CLASS OF 1974
Making Things Happen!
F-A.-COM: 1. What is a PV Scientist? What led you to this career path?
ESTY: A Pharmacovigilance Scientist (PV) is a key role in a pharmaceutical arsenal on providing the benefit-risk aspects of a given drug that they manufacture, either in earlier research or being sold in the marketplace.
It's the PV scientist and team who identifies adverse events that may come from a product we manufacture. A PV scientist reports these adverse events in an aggregate fashion to the authorities such as, FDA, European and Japanese Medical Authorities.
F-A.- COM: 2. What does pharmacological management entail?
ESTY: My 18-years of PV experience enabled me to manage staff and processes required for the successful operation of the global pharmaceutical group.
F-A.COM: 3. What innate and acquired skills do you need to succeed in this career?
ESTY: I had a healthcare career (BS Nursing degree-RN) prior to pharmaceuticals and decided after 13 years in the nursing field, it was time to make a change.
F-A.COM: 4. What are the challenges and rewards?
ESTY: Fulfillment of knowing you are helping the public with safety measures of your products—pharmaceutical, biotech, vaccines or medical devices.
F-A.COM: 5. How do you enter the pharmacological management field? Where do you start?
ESTY: Well, it’s a difficult entry, so networking and experience in pharmacology, via retail or clinical trials, healthcare, science are key pathways into the industry. After this learning and professional growth period, you’ll move into management.
F-A.COM: 6. You create and deliver drug safety programs, what does that entail?
ESTY: I was often called upon to teach staff—such as, other nurses, pharmacists, physicians and non-medical staff—of the processes and expectations of our global safety group. We are often under the responsibility of the Regulatory Department or Medical Affair; and initiate and protect our product licensure in various countries as well as the US.
F-A.COM: How did working as a charge nurse at the VA Hospital prepare you for your pharmacological career?
ESTY: i was at the VA for 7 years, at the end of my healthcare work (psychiatric and addictions nursing)—and wanted to do something more. So, I went back to school and obtained an additional degree to compliment my BS in nursing. When completed I started networking in the pharmaceutical industry and eventually made the break.
F-A.COM: 8. Who were the Frankford teachers that inspired you?
ESTY: Hard to recall but, I had some as friend mentors: David Boykin in biology, Dave King in choir, Sara Dickstein & Ms. DiPrisco in Languages, Mrs. Maddrey in Math.
F-A.COM: 9. What advice would you give today's graduating alum?
ESTY: Stay the course, follow your dreams, and do what you love. The money should follow!
F-A.COM: 10. What is your favorite quote?
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, that has made all the difference. Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
F-A.COM: 11. Finally, how would you sway someone on the fence about attending your 45th reunion?
Well, I’d certainly encourage them. But, I also realize it isn't free and not everyone is financially able to do so. I would bring up the past; speak of reconnecting with long lost friends; making new ones and having a good time with your peers!
Class of 1974
You're Invited to Our
Saturday, November 2, 2019
50 Bustleton Pike Feasterville, PA 19053
6:30 p.m. Registration Desk opens
7:00 -8 p.m. Cocktail Hour
8:00 p.m. to 12 midnight - dinner/social/dancing
$75 per person
($90 per person at the door – cash only)
Price includes dinner, music, open bar
and a great time!
Contact Esty Nusca: (215) 869-7857