What do Medical Information Professionals do?
Medical information professionals usually work within the commercial divisions of pharmaceutical companies. They provide evaluated, balanced information and advice on clinical aspects of medicines to healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, pharmacists, nurses and NHS managers) and to patients. Information and advice are based upon published literature, confidential company data and experience.
Medical Information professionals also provide proactive information services to company personnel, typically providing expert support to medical, marketing, sales or NHS liaison staff. They are often responsible for checking advertising and promotional material against the ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry.
What development options and career paths are there within Medical Information?
Within Medical Information you are often exposed to diverse experience in other fields which will commonly see you involved in monitoring drug safety and reporting suspected adverse reactions to company products to the regulatory authorities.
The development in Medical Information is extremely broad from the experience gained and can open many career door opening skills for you to suit your needs and criteria for your career development.
Medical Information roles can reach Director Level but that is not your only option. Medical Affairs is one of the largest fields in the industry which includes Medical Information. Your experience can be transferred into such roles as Medical/Scientific Advisors, Medical Liaison Officers/Managers and Compliance to name a few.
What do you need to start a career in Medical Information?
Getting the right information to the right person at the right time requires a unique combination of both specialist and generalist skills. Many information professionals in the pharmaceutical industry often come from a Pharmacy or life science background due to the nature of the positions. A strong education and background in pharmacy is preferred to gain and develop a strong knowledge of medicines. Experience in a pharmacy is extremely beneficial for the customer facing experience and is easily transferable into the Industry. The employer mostly provides specialist information management training through internal and external courses providing you good skills to develop your career.
Where are these roles based?
Medical information opportunities are based primarily in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies, but responsibilities can be outsourced to consultancies, which is another area which can be explored. Companies can be found throughout the United Kingdom with a heavy focus of company’s within the South East.
Competency Areas for Medical Information Professionals:
- Information management skills
- Scientific knowledge
- Analytical skills
- Communication skills
- Understanding the wider context
- Understanding of relevant legal and related issues
- Workload Management
- Management skills
- Continuous development
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