Considering a constant change in market dynamics, expiring patents and depleted product pipeline, pharmaceutical companies, in order to have control over cost and enhance drug development cycle time, outsource non-core activities. Although Medical Writing is considered as non-core activity of pharmaceutical operations, it has become a mandatory as regulatory agencies have adopted more elaborate review measures that require substantial amounts of documentation. Medical writing career is profitable and exhilarating and it is considered as scientific documents by specialized writers. Thus ICBIO institute of Clinical Research provides best training in global standards to aspirants in the field of Medical Writing.
A medical writer often gets opportunity to work with scientists, doctors and other subject matter experts to make effective documentation that vividly defines product’s usage and research results. Medical writing has become mandatory as Pharmaceutical industry realises the importance of structured documentation consists of clear, precise information along with applicable regulations.
Each year, the increase in drugs and medical devices which has to undergo the complex process of clinical trials and regulatory procedures for market approval, the need for written documents compliant to regulations, standards and formats becomes mandatory. Medical writers combine their knowledge of science and research skills with an understanding of how to present information in a written format and produce right documents for the targeted audience
MEDICAL WRITING IN INDIA—THE CURRENT SCENARIO
The Present: Today, there are a number of KPOs, CROs, and pharmaceutical companies in India that have medical writing departments involved in developing both regulatory and medical/scientific communication documents and also India handles more regulatory writing work than the US. Globally, most writing projects are still handled in‑house by pharmaceutical companies in high-cost destinations such as the US and Europe. With the worldwide medical writing market estimated to be ~$1.3 billion (2018 data).
The Future: The future of medical writing in India looks very promising. Looking at the increase of proficiency in business, technical writing skills, subject matter/domain expertise resulting in quality issues, standardized training programs that will boost client confidence, high attrition rates. Despite the challenges, the number of medical writing professionals with internationally recognized certifications such as Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) and ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Professional™ (CMPP) is on the rise, emphasizing the growing popularity of the profession in India.
Since it began as a commercial activity around 15 years ago medical writing have seen a significant growth in India. There are different types of organizations employing medical writers in India as service providers, pharmaceutical sponsors, in pharmaceutical companies, healthcare journals, healthcare online portals, hospitals, newspapers etc for providing medical and scientific writing support. Students also have opportunities to work as free lancer in above mentioned fields. Indian students being good at English language add value to the opportunities.
Though the novice may not find salary more attractive but with the experience and time medical writer becomes the eligible person in Pharma industry and from there the graph of earning will shoot-up. Medical writers also grow as senior medical writer, team leader and goes to the management level like any other field.
Some common responsibilities of medical and scientific writers are:
– Development of common clinical trial related documents
– Presenting the data in a readable and understandable format which are taken from statistical analysis reports, within the clinical trial report
– Creating monographs
– Contributing towards development of product dossiers for regulatory authority submissions
– Developing package inserts and promotional materials for products available in the market
– Writing medical case reports and articles
Competencies & Skills:
A number of skills and competencies are required to make a career in medical writing. Some of them are:
– Detailed understanding of the drug development process with knowledge of ICH-GCP
– Good command over written and spoken English with Comprehensive writing skills.
– High Confidence
– Multi-tasking ability
– Self-motivation and ability to work independently
– Knowledge of basic word and data processing software’s like MS Word and Excel.
ICBIO provides wide range of programmes and courses in Mumbai and Bangalore for Graduates & Post Graduates of life sciences and medical sciences background for Full-Time to Part-Time and Distant Learning courses in the field of Clinical Research, Clinical Trial Management, Clinical Data Management, Pharmacovigilance, Medical Writing, Bio informatics and various corporate training programmes for students and working professionals.