Medical Writing Good Pharma The Webscout

Volume 22, Issue 4 - Good Pharma

The Webscout

Abstract

There are different definitions of the adjective ‘good’, e.g. morally excellent; satisfactory in quality, quantity or degree; of high quality; excellent; well-behaved; etc. as the web dictionary tells us. In ‘good pharma’ the meaning of ‘good’ is most probably a moral one. ‘Good pharma’ corresponds more to the morally outstanding performance of the pharmaceutical industry and less to the quality of pharmaceutical products or financial performance of the industry. However, if you think about a ‘good medical writer’ the term ‘good’ does not stand for a morally excellent professional but for a person doing his or her job very well. Thus, ‘good’ seems to change its meaning when used in connection with different words. This is the semantic information carried within the phrase which is – by the way – mostly ignored by automatic translation systems. There is a whole research area focusing on dictionaries or systems that do not only translate the words one by one but also the meaning they carry – even for proverbs.

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Message from the President
Transparency and the healthcare industry: The Sun is shining
Sunshine spreading across the Atlantic and over Europe
Bad karma
If a misinformed voice speaks out in the wilderness and no one refutes it, does it make a sound? A call to advocacy
The Big Pharma conspiracy theory
Editorial: Pharmaism
Legal remedies for medical ghostwriting: Imposing fraud liability on guest authors of ghostwritten articles
A decade of change: A new ISMPP has arrived
Selling evidence over the counter: Do community pharmacists engage with evidence-based medicine?
Good regulatory practice and the role(s) of a regulatory affairs professional
Profile: An interview with Dr Gustavo A. Silva on the concept of public health in medical writing and translation
AuthorAID: An international service and chance to serve
India as a hub for ethical and evidence-based medical communications
Providing value for medicines in older people
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Raquel Billiones

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Evguenia Alechine

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Victoria White

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Alicia Waltman

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Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Clare Chang

Barbara Grossman

Joselita T. Salita

Amy Whereat

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Nicole Bezuidenhout 

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Somsuvro Basu

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Aurélie Gobet / Paolo Rega

Gained in Translation

Raquel Billiones

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh / Stephen Gilliver

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Phil Leventhal

Manuscript Writing

Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Namrata Upadhyay

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Laura Kehoe

Out on Our Own

Jennifer Clemens

Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Kimi Uegaki

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Karim Montasser

Veterinary Writing

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Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

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Chris Monk