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Volume 26, Issue 4 - Preclinical Studies

Medical Communications


Dear all,

The legal side of our job is something that most of us usually give little thought to. We assume that as scientists, we are automatically on the “right side” and therefore pretty bulletproof. Why should the law affect us, as long
as we have the data to back us up? However, the reality is that this is a huge and complicated issue that can land not only medical writers, but their clients or companies in very deep hot water, very quickly. Considering the high stakes in the pharmaceutical industry and the highly competitive environment, it shouldn’t be a surprise that rival company lawyers monitor all information coming from competitor companies, but the extent of liability that we have as medical writers might surprise and possibly scare you.  In this issue, we hear from Joanne Flitcroft.  Joanne is a lawyer who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 17 years. She specialises in navigating the very tricky waters of defending product safety issues and maintaining corporate reputations. In her article, she explains some common pitfalls and why we should all be paying very close attention to the legal side of our work and its implications. With Joanne’s guidance, we will hopefully stay on the “right side” of the law and protect both ourselves and our clients/companies.

I’m sure you will enjoy her article, and it only leaves me to wish you the best wishes for the season – a happy and healthy 2018, and I hope Santa is kind to you all.

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Preclinical studies
President’s Message
EMWA celebrates 25 years
Preclinical research in drug development
An introduction to little-known aspects of nonclinical regulatory writing
Reporting of preclinical research: What do we get told – when and how?
Mind the gap – towards complete and transparent reporting of animal research
The reproducibility crisis in preclinical research – lessons to learn from clinical research
Nonclinical studies in the Russian Federation — Problems, regulatory norms, and harmonisation with international standards
How to survive Brexit as an independent medical writer
Creation of a patient-centric patient lay summary in the local language
Six communication rules for scientific presentations and writing
So, you want to be a medical journalist?
News from the EMA
Profile: An interview with Steven Walker
Getting Your Foot in the Door
In the Bookstores
Journal Watch
The Webscout
Good Writing Practice
Medical Communications
Out on Our Own


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Editoral Board


Raquel Billiones


Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

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