Expert Medical Writing Services

Rx Communications offers the full suite of medical writing services, from regulatory documents to conference materials, manuscripts and value dossiers. We're here to support you at every stage of your publication journey, ensuring consistency and coherence across all your communication materials.

Expertise and quality at the
heart of everything we do

When it comes to getting you published nothing can substitute for an highly skilled and experienced team. We take a bespoke approach to all our client's projects and allocate the best team to get the job done.

Therapeutic area and project type experience

With a team of writers well-versed in a broad range of therapeutic areas, Rx Communications ensures that each project is handled by writers with a deep understanding of the subject matter.

Comprehensive support

Rx Communications is with you from initial briefing to post-project support. Our proactive project management ensures all aspects of the writing process are handled efficiently and effectively, with a single point of contact for streamlined communication.

Flexibility with rigorous quality control

Our writers produce superb content according to brief; however, we know projects may need to change along the way. We offer a flexible attitude, which, coupled with our rigorous quality assurance process, delivers factually accurate content strategically aligned with your objectives.

Expertise, experience, excellence – the prescription for quality

Medical writing is where complex data transforms into clear, compelling narratives. Good content is pivotal in shaping your audience's understanding and patient perspectives. Rx Communications is the prescription of quality, powered as we are by an excellent writing team, many of whom have more than 25 years of experience.

Deep therapeutic area expertise

Our seasoned writers are experts in creating high-quality, engaging, and scientifically accurate content. Whatever your area of need, we will choose a writer and a reviewer who understand your requirements. We ensure they are familiar with the latest developments in your area and experienced in the project type you want.

Tailored solutions

We provide a wide array of medical writing services. Our process starts with a comprehensive understanding of your project, your objectives, and your target audience. We then customise our services and project type to meet your needs.

Highly experienced writers

At Rx Communications, our medical writing isn't left to novices – it's performed by a seasoned team of writers, each with a minimum of five years of experience in the MedComms industry. Our team includes professionals from diverse backgrounds, from clinical research to academia, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of scientific and medical contexts. Not only that, but we select only writers that have a proven track record in producing high-quality content that caters to various needs - from crafting compelling narratives for lay audiences to producing rigorous scientific manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals. They also understand the need for balance between scientific integrity and engagement, ensuring that the information is not just correct, but also compelling and clear.

Rigorous quality assurance

Quality assurance is an integral part of our writing process. We understand that medical research has profound implications and the slightest error or oversight can compromise not only the integrity of your work but also patient safety and outcomes. Our rigorous quality assurance process ensures that all content we deliver is meticulously reviewed for scientific accuracy, language precision, and compliance with the relevant guidelines and regulations, including its alignment with your specific objectives, ensuring that the message you want to convey is accurately and effectively communicated.

Scalable resourcing: our network, your advantage

In the dynamic world of medical research and publication, we understand the need for flexibility and scalability. Our unique network model ensures that we can efficiently scale up or down based on your medical writing requirements. This allows us to handle multiple projects simultaneously, accommodate sudden increases in workload, and provide specialised expertise for niche therapeutic areas. What truly sets us apart is our careful project management. We ensure that every project is assigned to a team that not only has the right expertise but also the capacity to dedicate their full attention to your project. This way, no matter the scale of your project, we maintain our commitment to quality, timeliness, and client satisfaction.

A Chronicle of Success

Here we proudly share the experiences and successes of our esteemed clients. Their candid testimonials attest to our unwavering commitment to service, expertise, and dedication that has consistently delivered exceptional results for our clients.

Due to the sensitive nature of most of our work we are sometimes required to anonymise these public facing testimonials, however we can provide details, including references and case studies later in the process.

Thanks for the PVA early draft—it's seriously impressive, folks. It's so good, it's like I made it myself (and I'm known for my modesty). Truly great work!


Market Access and Reimbursement Manager

The team did an outstanding job on this slide deck and storyboard. I'm truly grateful for your speed, proactivity, and precision.


International MCE Consultant

Thank you and the team for the great collaboration and work on the currently ongoing manuscripts (Psoriasis CEMs) – it’s a pleasure to work with you, everything goes like clockwork, and the actual writing is very good quality.


Senior Research Scientist

I just wanted to comment on the slides – the content is clear, not overcrowded, and they look fantastic! I thought I'd make minor changes, but there's no need. Thanks for the wonderful job.


Research Scientist

Thank you so much for your hard work and enthusiasm in helping us achieve acceptance for the manuscript (** Observational Study). Best wishes!


Medical Education Consultant

The manuscript is officially accepted. I have truly enjoyed collaborating with you on this endeavor, and I'm so grateful for all your help.


Senior Director Medical Affairs

I'm very pleased with this 2nd draft. You've done a great job addressing my comments from the first. I believe we're ready to submit the paper... Thank you.


Brand Leader

You and your team have done an outstanding job with the Sleep/GERD manuscript, making the process easy for me. Your quality of work is top-notch, with thorough research, sophisticated concept integration, and smooth, comprehensible writing. I hope to collaborate again and will share this with your prospective clients.


This paper is beautifully written and offers a unique perspective rarely addressed in the AD field. Thank you.


Our internal teams have been thrilled collaborating with RX and look forward to continuing our work together with your team! :)


A world of expertise available...

With our scalable network model we have a deep talent pool we can draw on. While we can't share the personal details of these writers here, when it comes time to create your dream-team you will receive full bios of the individuals involved to take your project to the next level.

*Not their real name

Thomas is a knowledgeable medical writer with 20 years of experience providing regulatory and drug development advice to various pharmaceutical and food supplement companies across Europe, the US, and the Far East/Australia. He served as the Director of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, regulating global negotiation and obtaining approvals for a leading therapeutics institution.

Key Experience:

  • Over 20 years of global experience in providing regulatory and drug development guidance to pharmaceutical and food supplement companies.
  • Broad understanding and management of worldwide regulatory negotiation and approvals.
  • Previous high-ranking role as Director of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs in a leading therapeutics company.

Eileen is a seasoned pharmacist and medical writer with a strong 30-year history in the medical communication domain. Throughout her extensive career, she has demonstrated her expertise through contributions and reviews of clinical content including manuscripts, abstracts, and presentation materials, and has provided advisory and editorial support, competitor reviews, and database development. Possessing deep insight and knowledge in diverse therapeutic areas, her specialties range from ophthalmology and cardiovascular to diabetes, among others.

Key Experiences:

  • A successful 30-year career as a pharmacist and medical writer.
  • Spearheaded the development of various projects and publications, including manuscripts, abstracts, presentation materials, and database development.
  • Acquired extensive therapeutic area expertise, notably in ophthalmology, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.

Hannah has an impressive career as a medical writer spanning over two decades. Her solid educational foundation in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, acquired from a top-tier university in the US, has greatly enriched her role in her current writing and editing team. For over 14 years, she has consistently delivered high-quality content in her speciality area of diabetes.
Hannah has crafted over 20 highly informative articles, all tailored to diabetologists/endocrinologists in Europe and Latin America. These outputs cover a myriad of topics in diabetes management and research, such as Diabetic retinopathy and hypertension in type 2 diabetes, the correlation between obesity, mental illness medication and type 2 diabetes, the role of neurotherapeutics in addressing obesity and its associated comorbidities, lipid management in diabetes, exploration on diabetic microvascular complications amongst many others.

Key highlights:

  • Exceptional 21 years of dedicated experience as a medical writer within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • An extensive portfolio indicating a comprehensive understanding of multiple diabetes-related topics, ranging from diabetic retinopathy to the initiation of insulin therapy in primary care.

Jason, a holder of a BSc Honours degree in Biochemistry and an MSc in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare, has 20 years of experience in medical writing specialising in publication management in the field. His expertise spans an impressive range of therapeutic areas including cardiology, dermatology, eating disorders, gastroenterology, oncology, psychiatry, and rheumatology. With a particular focus on Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) writing, he regularly reviews Health Technology Assessment (HTA) submissions, white papers, business cases, meeting reports, core claims, and peer-to-peer presentations. Jason also offers crucial editorial support to clinical, HEOR, and payer advisory boards.

Key Experience:

  • Over 20 years in medical writing with an emphasis on publication management.
  • Expertise in multiple therapeutic areas such as cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, oncology, psychiatry, and rheumatology.
  • Extensive experience in HEOR writing, contributing to HTA submissions, white papers, business cases, and vital presentations.

Catherine carries a significant career in medical research and medical writing with a PhD in oncology. With a strong focus on liver disease, she has spent a significant part of her career preparing reviews for respected peer-reviewed journals including topics like Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), fatty liver disease, and Hepatitis C. She is particularly skilful at preparing conference materials, product monographs, therapeutic landscape analyses, and sales training materials. Additionally, Catherine has demonstrated a track record in producing continuing medical education materials and patient education products.

Key Highlights:

  • Holds a PhD in Oncology and boasts a decade of experience in medical research.
  • Dedicated 12 years to medical writing with a prime focus on liver diseases like NASH, Fatty Liver disease, and Hepatitis C.
  • Versatility in creating a range of materials for various purposes and skill at producing continuing medical education materials and patient education products.

Alex is a skilled medical writer specialising in neurology and pharmacology, backed by a PhD in biomedical sciences, specifically neuropharmacology, and postdoctoral training in neuropathology. Their diverse work includes manuscripts, press releases, conference coverage and continuing medical education materials centred around neurology.
Having written on neurological conditions like Alzheimer's disease, dementia, epilepsy, sleep disorders, cognitive deficits, and brain tumours, Alex also possesses an expansive understanding of subjects like stroke, aneurysms, neuroplasticity, and neuro-interventions. They have also produced significant content on pain management for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome, with a recent focus on the importance of patients' perspectives in disease management and outcomes.

Key Experience:

  • Boasts a PhD in biomedical sciences, specialising in neuropharmacology, and postdoctoral training in neuropathology.
  • Written extensively on a range of neurology-related topics, from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to epilepsy and sleep disorders.
  • Provides a patient-focused approach to disease management, specifically in terms of pain management for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.

Since 2006, George has utilised his medical writing skills, initially honed while working for a large pharmaceutical company and a Contract Research Organisation (CRO) in Germany, to author a range of critical regulatory medical writing texts. Over time, he has composed around 50 Clinical Study Reports (CSRs) and protocols from Phase I to IV, along with vital contributions to Investigator's Brochures (IBs), clinical summaries and pharmacovigilance documents including patient narratives, safety update reports and risk management assessment. George's expertise spans a variety of therapeutic areas such as vaccines, oncology, diabetes, dermatology, haematology, acute liver conditions, immunocompromised allergy, medical devices, autism spectrum disorder, and wound healing.

Key Experience:

  • Over 15 years of medical writing experience, including an extensive portfolio including Clinical Study Reports (CSRs), protocols and pharmacovigilance documents.
  • Broad knowledge across various therapeutic areas, including vaccines, oncology, diabetes, dermatology and haematology, among others.

With a PhD in Biochemistry and over two decades of experience as a medical writer/editor in the medical education sector, Olivia has made significant contributions to a wide range of publications, including meeting reports, book chapters, and product monographs across numerous indications like hypertension and heart failure. She is proficient in developing diverse types of materials in various forms of media.

Key Highlights:

  • Combines a robust academic background in Biochemistry with over 20 years of industry experience in medical writing/editing.
  • Diverse publication experience ranging from book chapters to meeting reports across fields such as hypertension and heart failure.
  • Showcases versatility across print, video, audio, and digital media.

With over two decades of experience in medical communications, Clara is a registered pharmacist and seasoned medical writer, skilled across many therapeutic areas and project types. Throughout her extensive career with Rx, she has effectively collaborated with various pharmaceutical institutions on ongoing projects. Many of these projects have been in the field of health economics and outcomes, and include value dossiers, publications, training slide sets and HTA submissions. Recently, she has been engaged in data analysis for treatment of pancreatic cancer, lupus, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic syndrome. Clara also played a key role in securing funding through research proposal development, proving her effectiveness as both a team and project leader.

Key Highlights:

  • Over 20 years of professional experience as a pharmacist and in medical communications for different agencies and publishing entities.
  • Specialises in medical writing across various therapeutic areas with a primary focus on health economics and outcomes.
  • Led successful data analysis initiatives and research proposals for funding, showcasing strong leadership skills.

David boasts an extensive career spanning 32 years in the field of medical writing. His expertise covers various regulatory areas, including handling protocols, Clinical Study Reports (CSRs), patient narratives, and the creation of integrated summaries focused on efficacy and safety. David's work history is studded with notable projects surrounding the treatment of numerous ailments. He has contributed significantly to the field of oncology, dealing with pioneering treatments for breast, prostate and skin cancer. David also has invaluable experience working on the management of inflammatory diseases and acute coronary syndromes. His diverse expertise extends to the realm of ophthalmology where he has worked on advancing therapeutic antihistamines.

Highlighted Experience:

  • A reputable career grounded on 32 years of experience in medical writing, emphasising various key regulatory areas such as protocols, Clinical Study Reports (CSRs), patient narratives and comprehensive summaries on efficacy and safety.
  • Significant contributions to the field of oncology, having worked on pioneering treatments targeted at several types of cancer, including but not limited to breast, prostate, and skin.
  • Extensive work experience surrounding the management and study of inflammatory diseases, acute coronary syndromes and advances in therapeutic antihistamines concerning ophthalmological applications.

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Comprehensive MedComms services tailored to your needs

Discover the advantage of our full-service medcomms agency, offering an extensive array of tailored solutions designed to address your unique challenges and objectives. Whether you need support on a limited basis, or across the full communications plan, our expertise covers every aspect of your medical communications journey, providing a seamless, results-driven experience that help set you apart in the competitive landscape.

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3. Get started

With a clear roadmap in hand, our team will work to integrate seamlessly into your project to ensure timely execution, exceptional quality, and ultimately to the successful completion of your project.

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Here we take some time to answer some common questions. This is a work in progress which are always adding to and updating. We will be creating long-form content for many of these topics as we go on.

Can anyone become a medical writer?
With a strong base in life sciences, communication skills, and an understanding of medical terminology, anyone with an aptitude for writing can become a medical writer.
How does medical writing differ from general journalism?
Medical writing involves a deeper knowledge of clinical and medical terminologies and regulatory guidelines than general journalism. Also, the purpose of medical writing is more specific and refined than general journalism.
How does medical writing ensure accuracy and integrity?
Medical writing ensures accuracy and integrity by strictly adhering to scientific and ethical guidelines. Multiple reviews and transparent reporting of methodology and results also play crucial roles.
Are there best-practices to follow while drafting benefit-risk assessment?
It's critical to define the benefit-risk context, describe key positive findings and their implications along with potential risks and limitations, justify with evidence and avoid subjective language or too much complexity.
How can healthcare organizations optimize their collaboration with medical writers?
Good collaboration can be optimized through setting clear expectations, establishing robust communication channels, sharing regular updates, facilitating mutual respect and appreciation, and involving them early in the project planning.
What are the limitations that come with outsourcing medical writing?
Limitations might include not having the writer full-time on board and hence availability issues at times, a bit of latency in understanding company culture and workflows, and potential data confidentiality issues can arise.
How can we assess the effectiveness of our medical writer?
Effectiveness can be assessed based on stringent criteria like adherence to deadlines, ability to cope with revisions, technical proficiency, consistency of quality, feedback from intervention teams, and document acceptance rate.
How do medical writers stay updated in their field?
Medical writers stay updated in their fields through courses, seminars, reading current literature, attending conferences, and networking with industry professionals.
Why is platform consistency crucial in medical writing?
Consistency across platforms in medical writing enhances comprehensibility and uniformity. It aids in streamlining all documents pertaining to a drug across its lifecycle, thereby reducing confusion and inconsistencies.
How does medical writing influence patient care?
Through writing understandable patient education material, newsletters, and interactive health apps, medical writers can influence patient care – making it easier for patients to understand their conditions and treatment options.
How much does a medical writer make?
The income of a medical writer varies depending on experience, location, and whether they are freelance or salaried. The European Medical Writers Association provides annual salary surveys for reference.
How are medical writers involved in the production of informed consent forms?
Medical writers draft informed consent forms ensuring that information about the nature of the trial, potential benefits and risks, confidentiality, and participant rights are communicated clearly and ethically.
Why is there a need for specialization in medical writing?
Specialization in distinct therapeutic areas in medical writing is important. Each area requires understanding of disease processes, common treatments, important research, and recent developments.
How do medical writers handle positive and negative data?
Positive and negative data should be reported accurately and transparently. It's critical to avoid omitting negative results, but rather objectively discuss their implications and potential reasons.
How important is specialization in therapeutic areas for a medical writer?
Specialisation helps the writer to establish an indepth understanding of the condition, its treatments, and related medical procedures, resulting in high-quality, trustworthy documents.
What is medical writing?
Medical writing is the creation of well-structured, clear documents that present medical or clinical data. These can be research findings, regulatory documents, content for healthcare websites, educational material for patients, publication articles and more.
How do medical writers coordinate with reviewers and approvers?
Medical writers facilitate smooth coordination with the reviewers/approvers by understanding their perspectives, promptly addressing their concerns, integrating their recommendations in a balanced way, and ensuring the document still aligns with the original purpose.
How can medical writers add value to market access strategies?
By creating compelling value dossiers, global value dossiers, or health economic models, medical writers can highlight the advantages of a product to payers and decision-makers, hence, aiding market access strategies.
Can medical writing help in my personal health management?
Absolutely, medical writing translates complex medical data into understandable language. By educating oneself about certain diseases and treatments, it can aid in personal health management.
How do medical writers manage language and cultural differences in global clinical trials?
Medical writers manage language differences by working alongside translators or bilingual professionals. Understanding cultural nuances is significant especially in designing patient material, consent forms, and questionnaires.
What are the pros and cons of medical writing as a profession?
The pros of medical writing include good pay, flexibility, a variety of topics to work on, continuous learning, and contributing to healthcare. Among the cons are tight deadlines, evolving guidelines, complexity of data and occasional monotonous tasks.
What do medical writers write?
Medical writers create various documents, such as research summaries, journal articles, regulatory documentation, training materials, and patient education documents.
How can I understand the medical writing meant for professionals?
Medical writing meant for professionals often contains jargons and technical language. Understanding these requires a basic grasp of scientific terms, familiarity with the structure of such documents, and motivation to learn.
What role do medical writers play in preparing safety narratives?
In preparing safety narratives, medical writers collate safety and efficacy data, describe adverse events, discuss severity and causality, and represent this in a non-biased, objective manner based on facts.
How can a medical writer facilitate prompt regulatory approvals?
Medical writers can expedite regulatory approvals by producing robust, clear, and compliant documents that effectively present the drug data and results to regulatory authorities.
What's the difference between scientific writing and medical writing?
While both involve scientific concepts, medical writing specifically focuses on materials related to clinical trials, pharmacovigilance, and health products, whereas scientific writing is broader and can include natural, physical, and social sciences.
What are the core competencies expected from a skilled medical writer?
Core competencies include strong scientific knowledge, technical and writing skills, ability to interpret data, proficiency in required software, understanding of regulatory guidelines, project management skills, and consistency in quality delivery.
Can medical writing be creative?
Indeed, while focusing on scientific facts, medical writers often use creative techniques to make content engaging and easy-to-understand, particularly in patient education materials.
How do medical writers facilitate understanding among non-scientific audiences?
Medical writers simplify medical jargon, present complex ideas in an easy to understand manner, utilise visual graphics and tailor content to the literacy level of the intended audience to enhance comprehension.
How important is attention to detail in medical writing?
Ensuring accuracy, precision, and consistency in medical writing requires great attention to detail. Even minor errors could have significant consequences in the context of medical and scientific information.
Does a medical write need to know statistic?
Understanding statistical concepts is beneficial for medical writers. This aids in the correct interpretation and representation of data, which is crucial in regulatory documents and scientific publications.
Are there specific qualifications for regulatory medical writers?
Regulatory medical writers need strong scientific background, understanding of regulatory framework, ability to interpret complex data, excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and familiarity with technical software tools.
To what extent does medical writing impact the pharmaceutical industry?
Medical writing is integral to the pharmaceutical industry. It plays a key part in every stage of drug development, from preclinical studies to post-marketing surveillance.
How do medical writers ensure clarity while maintaining scientific rigor?
Medical writers maintain scientific rigor through thorough research, accurate presentation of data, maintaining consistency across documents, and staying abreast of latest industry trends, guidelines, and best practices. The clarity is ensured through clear language, logical structure and layout, and use of visual aids.
How can we enhance communication with our medical writer?
Communication can be enhanced by clearly outlining the project’s goals, maintaining regular updates, involving them early in discussions, giving feedback and promoting an atmosphere of open dialogue.
How can I find a good medical writer?
A good medical writer should have strong writing and communication skills, a solid foundation in life sciences, an understanding of regulations and guidelines, good organisational skills, attention to detail, and a continuous learning mindset.
What’s the role of a medical writer in a multidisciplinary team?
Medical writers play a vital role as the conduit between different teams, ensuring consistency across documents, and enabling effective communication of complex medical data - with both colleagues and external audiences.
How does medical writing support publication planning?
By creating engaging abstracts, posters, or manuscripts, medical writers help facilitate the dissemination of research findings. They also help strategise publication timing to maximise impact and audience reach.
What's the process of medical writing?
The process of medical writing involves understanding the project's purpose and audience, researching the topic, drafting the document, ensuring compliance with guidelines, and reviewing and revising as necessary before approval.
How can we ensure our medical writer is updated with the latest drug development research?
Regular training, constant liaison with project owners, uninterrupted access to latest research updates, and participation in industry events can ensure medical writers are updated about latest drug developments.
What therapeutic areas do medical writers work in?
Therapeutic areas specify the branch of medicine a medical writer specializes in such as oncology, cardiology, or psychiatric medication. Each area has its specific jargon, regulations, and knowledgebase.
How do medical writers balance readability with scientific accuracy?
Balancing readability with scientific accuracy is a key skill for medical writers. Clear, plain language, logical structure, visual aids help improve readability, while accuracy is maintained through in-depth review and cross-verification of data.
Why should one consider a career in medical writing?
Medical writing can offer a rewarding career to someone who enjoys writing, has an aptitude for science, wants to contribute to healthcare, and desires flexible working conditions.
How can medical writers help in developing a product's strategy?
Medical writers can assist in strategy development by offering insights from their broad scope of involvement in different clinical trials. They can help identify patterns, trends, and potential issues.
How should medical writers handle data inconsistencies?
In such cases, medical writers should consult primary researchers or experts for clarification, or clearly present the inconsistencies in the document, substantiating with the source data.
What’s the role of proofreading in medical writing?
Proofreading is a key step in medical writing. It includes checking the document for errors in grammar, punctuation, consistency, and formatting, in addition to verifying accuracy and logical flow of content.
Is medical writing a static field?
Medical writing is dynamic and continuously evolving due to advancements in medicine and changing regulatory guidelines. Medical writers must stay updated on these changes.
Who employs medical writers?
Medical writers are employed by pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, government agencies, and contract research organizations. They can also work as freelancers.
How can medical writers best express complex scientific concepts?
Using plain language, breaking down complex concepts, using visuals, applying analogies or comparisons, and avoiding excessive jargon can help in expressing complex scientific concepts effectively.
Can we entrust confidential proprietary information to a medical writer?
Proprietary data should be handled strictly following guidelines of confidentiality and data protection laws. It takes active communication between the organization and the medical writer to ensure its security.
How do medical writers ensure the originality of their content?
Originality is ensured by respectful citation practices, paraphrasing instead of copy-pasting, running plagiarism checks, and adhering to copyright laws and conventions for image or data usage.
Is there a specific style guide for medical writing?
There isn't one fixed style guide but regulatory documents often follow the ICH, AMA or EU regulatory guidelines. Journal articles typically follow individual journal guidelines or The Vancouver System.
How should medical writers collaborate effectively with SME’s?
Collaboration can involve sharing expertise, transparently communicating expectations, regularly updating each other, respecting input and feedback from all stakeholders, and adopting a solutions-oriented approach.
Is there a demand for freelance medical writers?
Yes, there is a high demand for experienced freelance medical writers. Many pharmaceutical companies and contract research organisations rely on freelance writers for their writing needs.
How do medical writers deal with contradicting sources?
If contradictory sources are identified, the medical writer can consult with experts, investigate further to understand the cause for contradiction, and ensure this is transparently reported in the writing.
Do medical writers work on clinical study reports?
Yes, medical writers often prepare clinical study reports, which provide detailed information on the design, methodology, statistical analysis, results, and conclusions of a clinical trial.
How does medical writing contribute to successful clinical trials?
Medical writing underpins successful clinical trials through creating clear study plans, tracking progress, documenting results, and crafting final reports. Accurate, honest, and clear reporting boosts the credibility and success chances of the trials.
Does medical writing follow ethical guidelines?
Yes, medical writing follows ethical guidelines, including transparent reporting of methodology and results, referral to sources, avoiding plagiarism, and not misrepresenting data.
What's the importance of being well-versed in scientific jargon for a medical writer?
Being well-versed in scientific jargon is critical for a medical writer. It ensures accurate interpretation and communication of complex scientific information into a more user-friendly format.
Is it necessary for the medical writers to understand patent laws?
Understanding of patent laws can be beneficial when working on documents like patents application or in understanding implications of patents in cases where drug similarity or biosimilars are involved.
How do medical writers contribute to pharmacovigilance?
In pharmacovigilance, medical writers play a key role by compiling safety data, preparing case reports, summarising statistics and narratives, and creating detailed pharmacovigilance reports.
Are there different types of medical writing?
There are several types of medical writing, including regulatory writing, clinical writing, and health communication, to name a few. Each requires a different style and skillset.
How is survival analysis and Kaplan Meier curve reported in medical writing?
Both survival analysis and Kaplan Meier curves are reported with an explanation of methods used, a thorough discussion of results, and visual representations. Any censoring of data should also be mentioned.
What does a medical writer do?
A medical writer conveys complex scientific data and concepts in a way that is understandable. They might write clinical papers, regulatory documents, health-related articles, or academic textbooks.
Does medical writing require expertise?
Yes, to produce high-quality, credible documents, a medical writer requires a deep understanding of science, pharmaceuticals, the healthcare system, and the rules governing medical documentation.
Can medical writers work remotely?
Yes, many medical writers work remotely. This profession, largely reliant on technology and not requiring a hands-on job like patient care or lab work, can be performed from anywhere with an internet connection.
What's the role of a medical writer in the submission of NDAs/BLAs?
Medical writers play an important role in NDA/BLA submissions; they compile, organize, and write content consistent with FDA guidelines, ensuring the document presents a compelling story about the product's safety and efficacy.
Does outsourcing medical writing benefit our organization?
Outsourcing may provide advantages such as increased flexibility, access to speciality expertise, reduced overhead costs, and handling of high-volume work without compromising on quality or timeliness.
What should a pharmaceutical company look for when hiring a medical writer?
Look for strong scientific background, proficiency in language, adeptness at handling complex data, a good team player, familiarity with the therapeutic area concerned, and adapting capacity for learning and evolving.
Are medical writers always doctors or pharmacists?
Not necessarily. While a medical background is beneficial, many medical writers come from varied backgrounds including clinical research, pharmacy, journalism, or biology.
Do medical writers have influence over healthcare policies?
While medical writers may not directly influence healthcare policies, they play an influential role by accurately interpreting and presenting scientific data which could impact policy decisions.
Are medical writers involved in writing public health advisories?
Yes, public health advisories are often written or reviewed by medical writers. Their ability to convey important information in an easy-to-understand manner makes them ideal for this role.
What qualifications do you need to be a medical writer?
A medical writer usually has a degree in a scientific, medical, or paramedical field. Taking a course in medical writing will also be beneficial.
What are the industry-specific conventions followed in medical writing?
Industry-specific conventions could involve specific terminologies, preferred layouts for various documents, technical or software proficiencies, certain writing and citation formats, and a keen understanding of the standard regulatory guidelines.
Is the job of a medical writer overlooked?
Although behind-the-scenes, the role of medical writers is invaluable to disseminate medical knowledge, facilitate critical decision making in healthcare, and advance science through clear, precise communication.
What's the contribution of medical writers towards medical education?
Medical writers contribute to medical education by generating teaching materials, creating content for e-learning platforms, writing review articles, summarising latest advancements in scientific language, and developing patient information leaflets.
Are there software tools that can aid in medical writing?
Diagnostic tools like spellcheckers and grammar checkers, and software like EndNote for reference management, LaTeX for document formatting, and GraphPad Prism for creating scientific graphs, can aid medical writing.
How does medical writing contribute to healthcare?
Medical writing supports healthcare through creating documents required in research and clinical trials, through providing regulatory information, and in production of materials educating patients on diseases and treatments.
What is a day in the life of a medical writer like?
A medical writer’s day may involve researching, writing, editing or proofreading documents, attending team meetings, consulting with subject matter experts, and staying updated on industry trends and news.
Why is medical writing important?
Medical writing is vital to communicate scientific and health-related information. Clinical trials, patient data, and new medical methods all need to be documented clearly for both professionals and the public.
How should medical writers ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines?
Ensuring compliance entails understanding relevant laws, guidelines and industry standards. It also involves thorough editing, cross-checking facts, maintaining transparent record-keeping and closely working with internal or external auditors.
How does one enter the field of medical writing?
To enter medical writing, a strong foundation in life sciences is crucial. Adding a qualification in medical writing or gaining writing experience, initially under guidance, can pave the path to a career in this field.
Who uses the products of medical writing?
Physicians, researchers, regulatory bodies, pharmaceutical companies, and patients use the products of medical writing for decision-making, education, strategy, and guidance.
How are medical writers involved in producing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals?
Medical writers liaise with researchers to convert clinical trial data into robust manuscripts. They follow journal guidelines, ensure ethical reporting, provide cohesion and flow in the write-up, and manage revisions till acceptance.
Do medical writers work alone or in teams?
Medical writers can work both individually and within teams, depending on the size and scope of the project. Working in a team often occurs when dealing with large-scale projects or within larger organizations.
Is there a potential conflict of interest in medical writing?
To prevent conflicts of interest, medical writers should uphold transparency, declare affiliations or financial incentives, follow ethical guidelines to avoid bias, and completely report study results.
How long does it typically take to prepare a regulatory document?
The preparation time can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the document, the raw data available, the team’s expertise, availability of subject matter experts and the approval process in place.
What’s the role of a medical writer in preparing clinical study protocols?
In preparing clinical study protocols, medical writers determine the document's structure, write the methods section in collaboration with investigators, and ensure that the document is clear, concise and comprehensive.
How do medical writers ensure confidentiality?
Medical writers ensure confidentiality by adhering to privacy laws, ethical guidelines, and company-specific regulations. They handle sensitive data responsibly and maintain professional standards.
How can medical writers streamline coordination between cross-functional teams?
Medical writers have a crucial role in communication and coordination between teams. They often act as the central point of contact, translating discussions into well-structured documents, and managing revisions based on stakeholders' feedback.
How can medical writers help us in meeting deadlines?
Medical writers can aid in meeting deadlines by effective project planning, prioritising tasks, liaising smoothly with various teams, and using efficient software or tools to boost productivity.
How is medical writing helpful in understanding complex health issues?
Medical writing helps decipher complex health issues by effectively translating scientific data into more understandable language. It contributes to healthcare communication, knowledge sharing, and informed decision-making.
How are medical writers trained?
Training can be through academic courses, in-house training in organisations, or certificate programmes. It mainly involves understanding medical data and regulatory requirements, and developing technical and language skills.
How can medical writing improve the quality of regulatory submissions?
Quality medical writing improves readability, preciseness, and coherence of regulatory submissions, facilitating quicker understanding and possible approval of the submission by regulatory bodies.
How has medical writing evolved over time?
As medicine advances, medical writing has evolved to keep up, becoming more specialised and more focused on transparency, data integrity, and patient-centric documentation.
How are medical writers involved in the investigation of product complaints?
In investigating product complaints, medical writers help in documenting the issue, compiling associated data, and drafting responses. This contributes to transparency and facilitates understanding of the problem for both the organization and regulatory bodies.
How are medical writers instrumental in grants and proposal writing?
Medical writers can greatly contribute to writing robust grant proposals by clearly defining the objectives, outlining a comprehensive methodology, strategically presenting outputs, and producing a persuasive, error-free script.
What role do medical writers play in drug development?
Medical writers are crucial in drug development. They create study protocols, track and report trial progress, write documents needed for regulatory submissions, and develop scientific publications based on the trial data.
What are the challenges faced by medical writer?
Medical writers face challenges such as remaining up-to-date in their specialty area, dealing with large amounts of complex data, maintaining clarity and accuracy, meeting tight deadlines, and complying with ever-changing regulations.
How should our organization measure the success of our medical writer?
Success can be gauged by key metrics such as the adherence to timelines, quality and effectiveness of the documents produced, feedback from colleagues and clients, compliance to regulatory standards, and advancement in learning and skills.

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