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Legislation and the lay audience: Challenges of communicating benefit and risk in the light of new regulations - Volume 24, Issue

There is a paradigm shift in the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies towards transparency and an emphasis on the benefit-risk ratio of medicines. The recent changes in legislation surrounding clinical documentation have produced…

The MHRA perspective on the new pharmacovigilance legislation - Volume 21, Issue

Following an extensive period of drafting, consultation, negotiation, and re-drafting the new European Legislation came into effect in July this year. The new measures will be the biggest change to medicines legislation since the creation of the…

Challenges of paediatric drug development and impact of paediatric legislation - Volume 21, Issue

Medical writers are increasingly involved in designing and documenting overall plans in paediatric drug development, e.g. EU PIPs (Paediatric Investigation Plans) and individual components, e.g. protocols and study reports. It is essential to…

Strategic medical writing in the post-authorisation phase - Volume 23, Issue

This article outlines the latest legislation for some of the most common post-authorisation documents (Risk Management Plans, Periodic Safety Update Reports, and Post-authorisation Safety Studies) and explains the role of the strategic medical…

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Medical Devices: An exciting industry at a crossroads - Volume 26, Issue

Welcome to this special edition of Medical Writing focusing on medical devices. When I volunteered to act as the guest editor for this issue, I did so knowing that we are at a crossroads in Europe. The Medical Device Directive is about to be…

The changing face of (benefit-)risk management - Volume 24, Issue

Over the last 20 years the focus of post-approval management of medicines has changed from risk management to the assessment and management of benefit-risk. In the EU this has been reinforced by changes in the legislation underpinning…

Writing applications for Paediatric Investigation Plans and waivers - Volume 21, Issue

Under EU legislation, a Paediatric Investigation Plan (PIP) and/or a waiver must be agreed in advance with the European Medicines Agency (EMA), for all new medicinal products seeking marketing authorization; the same applies for already authorized…

EMWA News - Volume 26, Issue

The 45th EMWA Conference in Cascais, Portugal, has recently finished and we are all waiting for the upcoming annual event in Barcelona, Spain, next Spring. In the meantime, the Executive Committee is working hard on improving what EMWA has to offer…

Medical writing for two audiences – The RMP public summary - Volume 24, Issue

With the introduction of the new EU Legislation in 2012, RMP requirements have changed significantly, triggering content- and process-related changes. An RMP is written as part of a submission dossier and is submitted for assessment to the EMA. The…

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