What is medical journalism?
As the name implies, medical journalism refers to reporting of medical news and features. It is of two types – one which is intended for general public featuring medical news in general publications and the other for doctors and healthcare professionals in peer reviewed journals. In short, medical journalism is all about understanding scientific news and conveying them to a non-specialist audience in a remarkable way. There is a scope for a lot of inaccuracy and speculations in medical news coverage owing to several barriers such as the gap between the scientific community and general public, lack of expertise in medical news reporters as most of them come from backgrounds other than science and space constraints in the publication.
Anyone who has an interest in the regulatory field must have a very pronounced love of detail. … While the regulatory elements of a job like this can be learned, if you can’t manage tiny nuances of data in a multigigabyte document, you’re in trouble.
A Senior Regulatory Scientist
What is the need for regulatory affairs?
Have you ever wondered who protects public health by ensuring the quality, safety and efficacy of drugs we consume? We all know that a new molecule costs several millions of bucks. At the same time, lack of proper regulation of these drugs can cost several lives. Another thought to ponder is that it takes not less than 15 years to develop and release a new pharmaceutical product. It involves research and development, different phases of clinical trials, regulatory submissions, manufacturing and marketing, distribution and post-market surveillance.
Medical writing involves writing different documents of different types for varied audiences. Medical writers write scientific documents for the purpose of regulatory submission, research-related documents relating to drugs, disease and the clinical trials for the healthcare professionals. Documents are also written for the understanding of the general public in simple language through drug safety manuals, publications of news article relating to drugs, health related magazines and also content for healthcare websites (Medical Journalism).