Medical Writing is indeed a great career!! But many of us probably are unaware of the two aspects which constitute medical writing namely Marketing & Scientific Medical Writing. This article is an attempt to bring on the subtle differences between the two and make an individual choose between the best career suited to his/ her capabilities.
Medical Journalism is a wonderful amalgamation of Literature, Science & Medicine. This uniqueness makes it a one of its kind career. Students undertaking a course in medical journalism will learn to apply particular skill sets to work as a practicing medical and science journalist in different sectors and media platforms. The main purpose of medical journalism is to bring forth the wonder of science and medicine in the minds of various readers, viewers & listeners all over the world. It can be thus said that medical journalists bridge the gap between the common man and the medical and scientific fraternity.
The Clinical Research Certificate Program is a far less exhausting course than a full time degree program as it is more or less directed towards professionals than students and fresher. The program is designed to target project managers, principal investigators, and faculty members, who look forward to abreast themselves to the latest in clinical research and drug development process. It is also ideal for those working in private firms and collaborative research professionals. A variety of other professionals from various other fields such as nursing, pharmacy, business administration, biology, statistics etc can look forward for a certification on clinical research. The focus of this article will be on the advantages of clinical research certifications along with various examples.
Pharmacovigilance is the practice of using scientific methods to track, record and analyze the effects of pharmaceuticals, with a focus on determining and maintaining the quality and safety of consumer medicines. Every year a record number of people die due to Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR). It becomes increasingly important for all members of clinical trial to be increasingly aware of how to report ADRs so that pharmaceutical companies have a track of the incidents to improve drug safety and efficacy in the future. Sometimes if there are records of multiple ADRs for a particular drug, it has to withdrawn from the market as well. Nurses can play a very important role in Pharmacovigilance as in certain countries like Sweden for instance, they are licensed to prescribe a limited number of drug, and in most other countries, they also form part of the reporting team. This article focuses on the training of nurses in Pharmacovigilance.
A career in regulatory affairs is comparatively new and has come into existence because of governments pledging to protect the rights of their citizens by controlling the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products. Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Research go hand and hand, and to be a through professional, it is important for people who are looking to make a mark in this field to be well informed and trained. Enrolling themselves in an online course in clinical research and regulatory affairs might open new doors for them.
On the 26th of June 2013, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for regulation for the Conduct of Pharmacovigilance Activities in Respect of Medicinal Products for Human use. These changes in legislation will have an impact on the way assessment of drugs are carried out in both the stages of pre and post authorization, introduce new obligations to Marketing Authorization holders, and bring a continuous risk/ benefit assessment of drugs. The directives have implied that there should be extensive Pharmacovigilance inspections conducted by competent authorities and sanctions should be implied on companies and on individuals if necessary. Not to be forgotten about the large number of deaths that occur every year, all over the world due to ADRs. Owing to all the above, it is evident that pharmaceutical companies all over the world have to adapt and implement to the new EU Pharmacovigilance Regulations and Directives and to Good Pharmacovigilance Practice Modules.
One of the most important problems which countries in the African regions are facing are the migration of their health care professionals which leads to an shortage of basic healthcare facilities in the region. Looking at the statistics, one can easily arrive at the consequence that African countries are in dire need of health care professionals because the concept of “brain drain”. This phenomenon is not only giving rise to an acute shortage of manpower, but has a negative consequence on the economy as well. According to statistics, each migrating population of African healthcare professional leads to a loss of almost 1 million dollars. These alarming facts can lead us to ponder about what measures one can take to prevent brain drain. Aspiring young doctors and medical students need proper infrastructure in the form of motivated and well established healthcare institutes, which not only fill the vacuum of well trained professional but can also inspire the students to stay back and serve their own country rather than migrating somewhere else. The focus of this article will be mainly on the healthcare institutes in Ghana, as the health care system in this country is variable. One can see a development of infrastructure in the urban regions, but the rural regions are still being partially neglected, forcing the residents to be dependent on traditional means of treatment or to travel long distances, in order to avail medical facilities.
In the past decade, there has been a tremendous growth in the field of biomedical research, especially with the mapping of the entire sequence of the human genome. But there are very few examples of practical application of these discoveries made in the laboratory to the practice of medicine. Translational research, as we know, is the research translating such discoveries into clinical intervention of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention of diseases, benefiting mankind. If we tend to analyse the reason for the same, one factor which can emerge us is the lack of professionals dealing with translational medicine. And then we can probably come to a conclusion of how a post graduate diploma in translational medicine can benefit a student in the long run.
The clinical research industry is rapidly spreading its wings and is all set to dominate developing countries from all over the world. The focus of this article will be nevertheless, Nigeria, which has a population of above 130 million and is called the “the Giant of Africa” being the most populous country in Africa
Pharmaceutical medicine is a much valued scientific discipline deals with the discovery/invention, development, assessment, registration, scrutinize and medical aspects of commercialization of medicines for the benefit of sufferers and the health of the human population. Pharmaceutical medicine training programs are gaining ground and the traditional universities are now focussing on interdisciplinary approach of handling the societal needs by introducing courses of these kind.