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NICE guidance on health technologies and the role of editors - Volume 22, Issue

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation in England responsible for developing national guidance, standards, and information on providing high-quality health and social care, and preventing and…

The EMWA Budapest Working Group: A 2-year collaboration to make recommendations for aligning the ICH E3 guideline with current practice and developing clinical study protocol guidance - Volume 23, Issue

International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) E6 and ICH E3, developed nearly 20 years ago, are the current regulatory guidance documents for developing clinical study protocols (CSPs) and clinical study reports (CSRs). Ambiguity in the…

Layperson summaries of clinical trial results: Useful resources in the vacuum of regulatory guidance - Volume 24, Issue

To meet the requirements of the clinical trial regulation, preparation for the publication of lay summaries on the European database should be undertaken as soon as possible. However, as of July 2015 (at the time of writing this article), no…

Guidance for the design and analysis of observational studies: The STRengthening Analytical Thinking for Observational Studies (STRATOS) initiative - Volume 26, Issue

Observational studies pose a number of biostatistical challenges. Methodological approaches have grown exponentially, but most are rarely applied in the real world. The STRengthening Analytical Thinking for Observational Studies (STRATOS) initiative…

EMA releases the revised Good Pharmacovigilance Practices Module V – updated guidance on risk management plans - Volume 26, Issue

Recently, the EMA released the revised Module V – Risk Management Systems (Rev 2) of Good Pharmacovigilance Practices (GVP) accompanied by a revised version of the guidance on the format of the risk management plan (RMP) in the EU – in integrated…

Effective authoring of clinical study reports: A companion guide - Volume 23, Issue

‘Why write a clinical study report (CSR)? What are the guidance documents? Can I interpret them? Can I deliver my CSR on time?’ This article addresses these questions – and others, provides a companion guide to CSR authoring for preregistration drug…

Working with authors to develop high-quality, ethical clinical manuscripts: Guidance for the professional medical writer - Volume 23, Issue

One measure of career success for clinical researchers is reporting their findings in a peer-reviewed journal. Writing a clinical manuscript that has impact and relevance to their intended audience is crucial for publication success. However,…

A shot at demystifying the risk management plan for medical writers - Volume 24, Issue

A risk management plan (RMP) is a complex regulatory document which is now required in the European Union as part of a medicine's approval process. This article offers practical guidance for medical writers who are interested in writing an RMP. In a…

Making leaflets clearer for patients - Volume 24, Issue

This article examines the clarity of several health information leaflets issued to the public in Europe. It finds that some of the language is quirky, ambiguous, and confusing. In one leaflet, the size of type is too small for easy reading, even by…

Early benefit assessment of new drugs in Germany: Framework for submission of dossiers by pharmaceutical companies - Volume 22, Issue

For the early benefit assessment of new drugs in Germany, medical writers are involved in the preparation of dossiers submitted by pharmaceutical companies to the main decision-making body of the German statutory healthcare system, the Federal Joint…

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