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Eight Things About Regulatory Medical Writing That May Surprise an Academic

August 30, 2019 | Nicole Tackmann, PhD, Clinical Research Scientist II | Medical Writing Services

The process of moving from the world of academia into the world of regulatory medical writing was an exciting and scary time for me. Luckily, I found a great place to make the transition, and I started my medical writing career at IMPACT in late 2017. At the time I thought that I had a pretty good idea of what regulatory medical writing was, but of course, I’ve learned a lot along the way!

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Statistics in Harmony: The Role of Estimands in Regulatory Writing

February 25, 2019 | Cheryl Ainslie, PhD, Clinical Research Scientist II | Regulatory Affairs Services

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In a previous post, I summarized the process by which the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) creates harmonized guidelines for use by the pharmaceutical industry. Among the guidelines currently undergoing revision through this process is Efficacy (E) 9, Statistical Principles for Clinical Trials, which was initially released in February 1998. According to ICH, “This biostatistical Guideline describes essential considerations on the design and analysis of clinical trials, especially the ‘confirmatory’ (hypothesis-testing) trials that are the basis for demonstrating effectiveness.”

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Class of 2019: Inaugural Year of IMPACT’s Medical Writing Fellowship Program

January 28, 2019 | Laurel Kartchner, PhD, Amritha Kidiyoor, PhD, and Brandi Schuster, PhD, Medical Writing Fellows │ Medical Writing Services

More and more recent graduates want to break away from bench science but don’t know how or lack the industry experience that many pharmaceutical companies are now looking for. To facilitate this transition, some CROs like IMPACT have begun to provide fellowship and internship programs that offer hands-on experience for those moving from academia into a career in regulatory medical writing.

As of Spring 2018, IMPACT offers a unique full-time Medical Writing Fellowship with a goal of enabling aspiring scientists to become regulatory medical writers. The program is designed to focus on 3 main areas: 1) training and professional development, 2) quality control (QC), and 3) regulatory medical writing. This post summarizes our experience as the first group of fellows at IMPACT.

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Current Topics in Orphan Drug Development

December 14, 2018 | Kathryn Tworkoski, PhD, RAC, Senior Clinical Research Scientist  │ Regulatory AffairsMedical Writing, Drug Development Consulting

Long-time readers of this blog will recall (with great enthusiasm, I’m sure) our previous posts on rare diseases, INDs, preparation for pre-IND meetings, and the submission and maintenance of INDs.  But in October 2018, the FDA released new draft guidance outlining best practices for early drug development and pre-IND meetings for rare diseases.  Given the near-perfect cross-over potential, we thought this was a sign that it was time to review the guidance, as well as rare diseases as a whole.  So in the interest of appeasing the fates, let’s get this show on the road!

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Pro Tips for Protocol Writing

September 28, 2018 | Kathryn Tworkoski, PhD, RAC, Senior Clinical Research Scientist  │ Medical Writing Services

Great news; your team has been given the green light to conduct a new clinical study with your favorite compound!  It’s what you’ve been waiting to hear, and now it’s time to seize the opportunity and run full steam ahead!

But first, you have to write a protocol.  The basic structure and content of a protocol are described in the International Council for Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice E6 guideline.  As you would expect, protocols should ultimately outline and justify the planned clinical study.  The type of information presented in protocols includes background information, trial objectives and assessments, trial design, subject selection and treatment, and a brief overview of the planned statistical analyses.

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