Medical writers are an integral part of the pharmaceutical industry. Successful medical writers possess various key competencies such as flawless English language skills, flair for writing, ability to present medical data accurately, audience identification, commitment to quality, team skills, ability to meet deadlines etc.
Pharmaceutical industry, Contract Research Organisations (CRO’s) and communications agencies frequently hire medical writers in full time positions. They can also work as freelance medical writers and medical journalists. The nature of work of a medical writer varies from company to company. Those working with CRO’s and pharmaceutical companies are mainly involved with regulatory document preparation, while those who work with communication agencies are involved in preparing promotional and marketing related documents. Medical writers are involved in preparation of scientific documentation at all levels of drug development, and for this pharmaceutical companies have separate and well organized medical writing departments. Medical writers are also involved in consultancy services, for providing information on document templates, regulatory requirements, protocol information, branding & styling for the product, quality control, and presentation & marketing of the product. Medical writers in senior positions are often involved in handling additional responsibilities such as providing input in drug development programmes, trial designs, data analysis, product launch and marketing strategies.