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Post-approval regulatory writing – How different is it from writing pre-approval documents? - Volume 23, Issue

Regulatory writing has various facets to it with good writing skills as a preliminary requirement. Well written reports form the basis of all regulatory submissions for marketing approval and its success largely depends on the research information…

Transparency and the healthcare industry: The Sun is shining - Volume 22, Issue

The demand for greater transparency in financial relationships between the healthcare industry and healthcare professionals is increasing globally, and has led to establishing government regulations and professional guidelines for detailed reporting…

For the greater good…Can agency competitors cooperate to advance medical publication practices? - Volume 24, Issue

The business of medical writing is competitive, but can it be cooperative? Is it time for agencies, which provide professional and ethical publication support to authors, to cooperate for the greater good of the medical publication profession?…

Preparing the Paediatric Investigation Plan application - Volume 21, Issue

In Europe, sponsors must possess a compliant Paediatric Investigation Plan (PIP) when applying for marketing approval of drugs. The core deliverable is the ‘scientific part of the application’ structured according to the EMA's PIP guideline. The PIP…

Transferring regulation into practice: The challenges of the new layperson summary of clinical trial results - Volume 24, Issue

The new European Clinical Trials Regulation, published on 27 May 2014, requires sponsors to provide summary results of clinical trials in a format that is understandable to laypersons. The lay summary is to be made publicly available in the yet to…

The needs assessment in continuing medical education - Volume 23, Issue

The needs assessment component of a continuing medical education grant proposal document describes why a specific programme should be developed. Medical writers frequently play a central role in producing the needs assessment as an important first…

Medical postcard from Australia, the world's largest island - Volume 22, Issue

The Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA) comprises about 300 journalists, writers, editors, and health professionals based in Australia and nearby island nations, particularly New Zealand and Fiji. AMWA has held a popular conference…

Journal Watch - Volume 21, Issue

Improving the credibility of reporting industry-sponsored research Reports of ghostwriting, guest authorship, selective or biased disclosure of research results, and inaccurate or incomplete reporting of potential conflicts of interest have damaged…

Regulatory Writing: New developments in public disclosure of clinical trials - Volume 24, Issue

In April this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a statement on the public disclosure of clinical trial results (the full statement is available from In essence, this statement…

Journal Watch - Volume 21, Issue

Readability of informed consent forms, sponsor participation in industry trials, and conflict of interest disclosure. Informed consent is a crucial feature of clinical research trials. Guidelines on developing an informed consent form urge writers…

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