Medical Writing Health Economics and Market Access Out On Our Own

Volume 22, Issue 3 - Health Economics and Market Access

Out On Our Own


We hope that you enjoyed the summer months and found time to step away from your desks and relax. This time last year, Kath organised her first ‘Medical Writers’ Retreat’, the aim of which was to provide an opportunity for fellow freelancers to spend a day away from the office to ‘work on their business’, network, and attend a group coaching session with international life and business coach Elaine Bailey. In this issue of Out On Our Own, Kath describes her motives for organising the event and her experiences as organiser, while fellow freelancer Alysia Battersby gives an attendee's account.

How did we all keep in touch before Facebook and Twitter? Social media is taking up space in our personal lives, and is becoming an increasingly important tool in business for networking, marketing, and keeping in touch with clients. In the first of a new series on different aspects of social media for freelancers, Jane Tricker explores how social media can be used for networking.

Our Freelance Foraging feature will help keep those holiday spirits alive and make you smile, with a couple of amusing snapshots courtesy of Sam. You'll never look at an aircraft safety card in quite the same way again! Please send us your humorous photos for publishing in future editions of Out On Our Own.

The minutes for the Freelance Business Forum (FBF) at the May 2013 EMWA Spring Conference in Manchester are now on the EMWA website and we look forward to catching up with you in person once more at the EMWA conference in Barcelona on Friday, 8 November 2013 at 17.15. With so many new freelancers joining us at each FBF, we see a repeat of questions largely relating to acquiring clients and setting up and running a business. If you require such information, please go to the Freelance Resource Centre (FRC) on the EMWA website ( Log in to the ‘members-only’ section, click ‘Resources’, then ‘Freelance Resource Centre’, and browse. The FRC contains a plethora of information about different aspects of business management as well as many other useful documents and guidelines relating to medical writing.

Kathryn White

Sam Hamilton



Message from the President
Thirty-seventh EMWA Conference, 7–9 November 2013, Barcelona, Spain
Announcing the Geoff Hall Memorial Scholarships
Health economists and medical writers: Collaboration or collision?
Early benefit assessment of new drugs in Germany: Framework for submission of dossiers by pharmaceutical companies
NICE guidance on health technologies and the role of editors
European network for health technology assessment – EUnetHTA
Guest Editorial: Medical writing and health economics/market access: A health economist's view
Results of the 2012 EMWA salary survey
Successful document collaboration in a virtual team
Profile: An interview with Blanca Mayor Serrano on the state-of-the-art of health literacy in Spain
What can twitter do for me?
In the Bookstores
Journal Watch
The Webscout
Regulatory Writing Developments in paediatric regulation
English Grammar and Style
Medical Journalism
Medical Communications
Manuscript Writing
Out On Our Own
The Light Stuff


The Write Stuff Archive Contact Instructions for Authors Article Template (Word) Journal Policies

Editoral Board


Raquel Billiones


Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

Deputy Managing Editor

Alicia Brooks Waltman

Associate Editors

Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Nicole Bezuidenhout

Claire Chang

Barbara Grossman

Sarah Milner

John Plant

Sampoorna Rappaz

Amy Whereat

Section Editors

Daniela Kamir


Jennifer Bell


Nicole Bezuidenhout 

Digital Communication

Somsuvro Basu

EMWA News 

Ana Sofia Correia 

Gained in Translation

Ivana Turek

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh 

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Maddy Dyer


Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Adriana Rocha


Tiziana von Bruchhausen


Clare ChangZuo Yen Lee 

Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Louisa Ludwig-Begall / Sarah Kabani

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Louisa Marcombes

Veterinary Writing

Editors Emeritus

Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

Layout Designer

Chris Monk