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Medicines information for patients: Insights into research and practice for medical writers - Volume 21, Issue

Many people do not take their medicines as prescribed, and medicines can cause harm if not used appropriately. In addition, in most health systems there is increasing discussion about involving patients in decisions about their health – including…

News from the EMA - Volume 25, Issue

The articles included in this section are a selection from the European Medicines Agency’s News and Press Release archive for August 2016 – Oct 2016. More information can be found on the Agency’s website: of medicines to treat…

News from the EMA - Volume 26, Issue

April, 6, 2017 – Following two years of experience with safety monitoring of nationally authorised medicines via the single assessment of periodic safety update reports (PSURs), the EMA has issued additional guidance and recommendations as part of…

News from the EMA - Volume 26, Issue

The articles included in this section are a selection from the European Medicines Agency’s News and Press Release archive from July 2017 to September 2017. More information can be found on the Agency’s website:

Risk Management - Volume 24, Issue

The thalidomide tragedy of the early 1960s cost several thousand lives, but it ultimately led to changes that will undoubtedly save many thousands more: it triggered a chain of events involving the WHO and the ICH that resulted in the…

Medical writing in paediatrics: Children and the future - Volume 21, Issue

‘Children are one-third of our population and all of our future.’ Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981 With the falling birth rate I wonder if they still are a third of the population, but there is no doubt that they are our…

Writing for lay audiences - Volume 24, Issue

For most of us, medical writing is highly technical. We prepare regulatory or clinical documents or write materials targeted to medical doctors. Medical writing for lay audiences is different, and it does not come naturally to most of us because…

News from the EMA - Volume 23, Issue

Update from the European Medicines Agency on development of its policy on publication and access to clinical-trial data   From the European Medicines Agency, 13 November 2013 – The European Medicines Agency is currently reviewing and analysing…

Potential implications of wider data transparency in medical communications - Volume 22, Issue

The current medical communication environment is characterised by growing calls for increased data transparency. There are ongoing concerns about the selective publication of trial results and the potential impact on use of medicines by prescribers…


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