Previous Med Comm Fellows: Where Are They Now?

The Med Communications 12-month medical information fellowship has its roots in 2006 and has provided graduating pharmacists opportunities for career paths within the pharmaceutical industry ever since.

Fellows gain practical experience in responding to inquiries from health care professionals and patients, writing and editing medical information publications, evaluating medical literature, and reporting adverse event and product complaints. Other opportunities include involvement in new product launches, sales representative support, and travel to interact on site with pharma/biotech clients.

Many previous Med Comm fellows continued with Med Comm after

October is American Pharmacists’ Month

Pharmacists are the most knowledgeable health care professionals regarding medications and their uses. Regardless of the practice setting, pharmacists provide valuable information on drug interactions, medication side effects, missed doses, and a plethora of other types of information to both patients and other health care providers.

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) sponsors American Pharmacists’ Month every October to promote pharmacists and their medication expertise and significant roles within the health care team and in patient care. Pharmacists practice in a variety of settings, including community pharmacies, hospitals,

Honoring an FDA Hero: Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey

In August, Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey passed away, and she is important to history because she is regarded as the heroine that saved the US from the Thalidomide tragedy that struck the rest of the world and prompted the passing of the 1962 Kefauver Harris Amendment to the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.

In the 1960s a drug company by the name of Marion Merrell Dow which produced familiar drugs such as Cardizem, Gaviscon, Nicorette, and Cepacol submitted an NDA (New Drug Application) for approval of

Med Communications International Officially Opens European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

Memphis, Tennessee – September 1, 2015 – Med Communications International announced today that it has opened its European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Med Communications International will continue to expand its services throughout Europe from this central location. Establishing a European presence reinforces Med Communications’ commitment to being the best-in-class global provider of medical affairs services for the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries.

“Opening our office in Geneva is a significant step in our company’s 17-year history”, said Dr. Allen Scoggin, President and CEO of Med

Med Communications Announces 2016-2017 Medical Information Fellowship Positions

Med Communications is excited to announce that we are looking for two competitive candidates for the Medical Information Fellowship for the 2016-17 year after a two year hiatus. This one-year fellowship will introduce the fellow to the medical affairs component of industry and engage with pharmacy students in the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy as a preceptor and lecturer. Previous fellows are currently working as senior-level inquiry medical information specialists and medical writers, medical science liaisons, business and medical content management, and two are working

Prescription Drug Promotion and the Health Care Provider

Prescription Drug Promotion and the Health Care Provider

Almost all of us have been exposed to prescription drug advertising at some point in our lives.  Whether we are halfway listening to the TV during commercials or flipping through the latest issue of our favorite magazine, there is no denying pharma’s far reaching influence on both consumers and health care providers (HCPs).

An analysis by market research firm Kantar Media estimates that pharma spent $4.5 billion on prescription drug advertising in 2014, which is up almost $2 billion

Standard Response Writing Workshops

Standard responses (SRs) are frequently used in the medical information industry to reply to questions and requests received from health care providers and other stakeholders within the medical community. SRs provide a quick means of sharing information for common requests and ensuring accurate information is provided regardless of which medical information professional handles the request.

Although different companies have different approaches to the provision and formatting of SRs,  there are best practices that can be followed throughout the industry. The goal is to ensure that information

PharmD Career Options in the Pharmaceutical Industry

The Memphis, Tennessee Med Communications office serves as a rotation site for fourth year students from the University of Tennessee  College of Pharmacy. This service is tremendous in that it exposes students to career options in the pharmaceutical industry. Without a rotation in this area, many pharmacy students may have little to no idea what other opportunities exist for a pharmacist aside from the traditional roles found in retail, hospital, and academic settings. Several studies have highlighted the impact pharmacy students’ exposure and education surrounding

Meet Our Director of Global Services: Isha Bhattacharyya

Isha lives outside of Philadelphia, and loves the proximity to the ocean, the mountains and the cities, including New York and Washington. She enjoys traveling, regularly visiting family and friends, whether they are in France, India or Japan. Isha is very interested in traditional remedies used by different cultures and has a long-time project compiling all this into one resource.  And in her free time, she reads and records text books for the blind and dyslexic – trying to explain a complex organic chemical structure