Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Medical Writing Industry: A Promising Future

Indian Pharmaceutical industry has moved a long way from an infancy industry to a much prized industry since the time Pharmaceutical industry started delegating various responsibilities to the contract research organizations. Pharmaceutical companies fundamentally spend millions of dollars in order to bring an effective molecule to the market, hence it is imperative to assign the duties to CRO thus making the Pharma industry more economical, organized and competent.

The various duties which are delegated to the CRO by pharmaceutical companies are - performing site management, clinical trial analysis, monitoring, clinical data management, pharmacovigilance and medical writing.

Medical writing service is one of the services that has shown tremendous growth over the past years. Demand for medical writing service is rising at a time when major pharmaceuticals have cut jobs.

Medical writing is the process that translates the work of research of Health Care Practitioner or Scientist into a written content.

Medical Writing is of two types:

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Regulatory Writing

Scientific Writing


Regulatory medical writing means creating the documentation that regulatory agencies require in the approval process for drugs, devices and biologics.

Educational medical writing means writing documents about drugs, devices and biologics for general audiences, and for specific audiences such as health care professionals


Regulatory documents can be huge and are formulaic.

Concise and simple


They include clinical study protocols, clinical study reports, patient informed consent forms, investigator brochures and CTD

These include sales literature for newly launched drugs, data presentations for medical conferences, medical journal articles for nurses, physicians and pharmacists, and programs and enduring materials for continuing education (CE) or continuing medical education (CME).

Why Medical Writing?

As long as regulatory authorities continue to require an increasing amount of documentation as part of the drug approval process, industry experts believe the demand for medical writing will continue to grow.

The characteristics of a medical writer are-

*      Scientific Knowledge
*      Ideas
*      Represent data in its best presentation
*      Distinguish good science and bad science
*      Organize information


Both Health Science and Life Science   Graduates

Employers and clients for scientific medical writers-

•         Academic medical centers
•         Associations
•         Contract research organizations
•         Foundations
•         Hospitals/Health care systems
•         Managed care organizations
•         Medical advertising/communication agencies
•         Medical education companies
•         Pharmaceutical companies
•         Publishers
•         Web sites


The biggest challenges medical writing industry faces are:


Plagiarism remains an ongoing moral and ethical concern in the medical communications industry, specifically, the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) defines plagiarism as -

“…the use of others’ published and unpublished ideas or words…without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source

There are two ways through which we can restrain plagiarism are-
  • ·         Peer Review
  • ·         Software

Lack of skills in this area has even been identified as the cause of 
failed mergers
Lack of cross cultural communication
Stringent Regulatory approval Process

Even though Clinical research industry has gone through numerous rise and fall and amendments during recent years nevertheless the industry is working endlessly to improve the standards of regulations and guidelines in India.

A recent market analysis by Center Watch concluded that the market for medical writing had doubled in five years, from 345 million dollars to approximately 700 million dollars. With the continuing difficulties of the economy, it’s hard to find a field that has enjoyed this kind of growth.

Site jobs would have cut off but the CRO industry is still thriving because of pool of talented people, English speaking people and strong IT sector .The result of which the multinational companies are contracting the Indian CRO Companies to achieve the task in economical and timely manner.

ACRI offers Post Graduate Diploma course in Clinical research and  Medical Writing which would benefit students to be partaker of Clinical research industry and also at the same time it would provide an opportunity to the candidates to develop their skills and also implement the expertise by working in various kinds of medical writing project.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Mamatha of batch-21, gave a good presentation on a technical topic of “APPLICATIONS FOR DRUG APPROVALS’’.

Dhinesh of batch-21, gave a very good presentation on a new topic of “WHITE PAPER”.

Introducing Mysore University Courses at ACRI
As the Indian population grows at the rate of 1.5% every year, the requirement for the jobs will drastically increase. As a result of this, government spending will increase in various sectors and one of them is Pharma & Clinical research.

As per as McKinsey report, government spending in healthcare will increase significantly. It has been growing at 18% annually since 2005 to 2006, and is translating into a higher level of access in Tier-II and rural markets.

Secondly, there would be a demand for new therapies and innovative drugs due to aggressive players in market. 

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Growth over 14% annually
3 billion segment by 2020
20 per cent over the next decade

In the base case scenario, all the important growth drivers will observe vigorous progress. The market will grow more than four times to reach USD 55 billion by 2020. 

As the Indian population grows, the prevalence of diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease etc. will also show drastic increase.

Insurance coverage would grow to cover the entire Indian population below the poverty line.

Moreover, the players will influence the patient funnel by increasing awareness and treatment, thereby increasing the patient pool by 15 percent.

Beyond numbers, new skill requirements will also increase the attractiveness of talent from Pharma and non-Pharma backgrounds. The Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research and Clinical Database Management program at ACRI (Mysore University) invites BSc, MSc in life science and health science to join the course and enjoy different opportunities’ offered by Pharma and CR industry.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Batch-21 students of ACRI, gave a very informative presentation on the technical topic of “ICMR”.

Friday, 4 April 2014

COURSE Duration
1. Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research  5 months
2. Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Data Management  4 months 
3. Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical SAS 4 months 
4. Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Writing 5 months
5. Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmacovigilance 5 months
6. Online Post Graduate Diploma in Investigators Responsibility 4 months
7. Online Post Graduate Diploma in CDM 4 months

         §  Multiple Search engines.
  • Look into the courses, modules under each course. Try comparing between two or three best institutes.
  • Look for the duration of course, the fee for the desired course, Internship opportunities.
  • Look for the reviews, both good and bad.

Avigna Clinical Research Institute is modeled on the lines of some of the premier Clinical Research Institutes of India. We are one of the best Clinical Research Institutes in Bangalore and we are dedicated to provide excellent Clinical Research Professionals to the Clinical Research Industries.
Unlike other clinical research institute, ACRI is one such institute which apart from core clinical research training also provides grooming sessions like personality development and English communication.

At ACRI, students and professionals from the Health Science/Allied Health Science/Life Science can look forward to a robust curriculum and training in the area of Clinical Research coupled with additional training in soft skills and internships in leading Clinical Research Organizations.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Today's group discussion topic was ''Ethical Concerns In 
Clinical Research In India''.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Viruses Removed by Nano-Paper Filter

Virus particles are very peculiar objects - tiny (about thousand times thinner than a human hair) yet mighty. Viruses can only replicate in living cells but once the cells become infected the viruses can turn out to be extremely pathogenic. Viruses can actively cause diseases on their own or even transform healthy cells to malignant tumors. 

Uppsala University, Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, have come up with a paper filter that can remove virus particles as effectively as the best industrial virus filters. The paper filter consists of 100 percent high purity cellulose nano-fibers, directly derived from nature. These nano-cellulose materials have a high surface area, which eventually enable the scientists to tailor the pore size distribution of their  paper precisely in the range desirable for virus filtration.