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Volume 23, Issue 3 - Non-Clinical Health Writing

Non-clinical health writing

We medical writers have a unique and valuable skill set, which includes, most notably, the ability to understand and clearly communicate complex medical information. We are also experts at working with multifunctional teams, compiling detailed documents, and following specific regulations and guidelines. These skills should be transferrable to other domains, but which ones and how? This issue, ‘Non-clinical health writing’, describes areas tangential to medical writing in which medical writers can work.

The issue begins with three articles on veterinary medical writing. Nicola Parry describes opportunities in veterinary writing, and Susanne Goebel-Lauth outlines the veterinary regulatory structure and dossier content requirements in Europe. Anna Romero rounds off this section with an article on the specialty of translation in veterinary medical science.

Cosmetic products are another little-known area that could benefit from the help of a medical writer. As Lorine Preud'homme and colleagues explain, new regulations harmonising the rules for cosmetic products, their registration, and testing were recently put into place. Medical writers are well-positioned to prepare the dossier for cosmetic products because we are familiar with presenting necessary information, formulating key messages, and telling a product story with a clear, complete, and consistent approach.

Chemical products also have very specific regulations and documents that could be managed well by an experienced medical writer. Lorraine Tilbury and Phillipe Adrian first describe REACH chemical dossiers, through which chemical substances are approved in Europe, and in a second article, Dr Tilbury explains pesticide regulations and the preparation of pesticide dossiers in Europe. She explains that because these documents have many similarities with clinical regulatory documents, with a little training, a medical writer could easily cross over into these fields. Finally, although nanomaterials are currently covered by existing regulations for small-molecule pharmaceuticals and medical devices, their increasing use may lead to specific regulations or at least, as Simone Lerch puts it, to ‘nanomedical writing’ as a specialisation in the medical writing profession.

Alisa Davis next tells us about medical writing for in vitro diagnostics, which are used to evaluate human samples for biological analytes. She describes how this area will become increasingly important for pharmaceutical writing, although medical writers should be aware that the regulations and writing for in vitro diagnostics differs from those for pharmaceuticals. Linked to this are bioanalytical reports, which describe drug concentrations in biological samples and are used as the basis for toxicokinetic and pharmacokinetic evaluations. Alexander Nürnberg describes these and how medical writers can assist in their preparation. He concludes that due to a good overview of the drug development process, medical writers have valuable expertise in placing bioanalytical reports in the perspective of a clinical trial or submission package.

Also in this issue…

In this issue, past and current Section Editors for Out on Our Own, Sam Hamilton and Alistair Reeves, respond to a Letter to the Editor from Duncan Marriott questioning the value of the freelance salary survey. As part of their response, Sam and Alistair provide a new article comparing the costs of salaried and freelance medical writers working in Europe.

In addition, Laura Colladi Ali continues her Profiles section with an interview of Fernando Navarro. Also, Khushboo J. Nagdev and Ashish R. Agrawal present key factors a pharmaceutical company should look into when outsourcing medical writing services, and Amanda Hindle and colleagues provide guidance for professional medical writers in working with authors to develop high-quality, ethical clinical manuscripts.


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Non-clinical health writing
President's Message
EMWA social media team
Opportunities in veterinary writing
Veterinary regulatory writing in Europe
Exploring veterinary science, a little-known translation specialisation
Cosmetic regulatory writing
REACH chemical dossiers? Yes, please!
Pesticide dossiers, an opportunity for medical writers
Nanoapplications – From geckos to human health
Medical writing for in vitro diagnostics: A different approach for the ‘hidden’ side of healthcare
Writing bioanalytical reports
Letter to the Editor: Because you're worth it?
Cost comparison of salaried and freelance medical writers working in Europe
Profile: An interview with Fernando Navarro on the brand new platform ‘Cosnautas’
Key factors a pharmaceutical company should consider while outsourcing medical writing services
Working with authors to develop high-quality, ethical clinical manuscripts: Guidance for the professional medical writer
News from the EMA
The Webscout
English Grammar and Style - Points of view
Medical Communication
In the Bookstores
Out On Our Own


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