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    MedComms Networking - 01 August 2017


    If someone isn't on Linkedin- do they really exist? I seriously wonder. These days anyone attending a job interview surely realises the importance of their online profile. Likewise someone pitching for business... I read details of a new online service for pharma this week, which I thought might be quite interesting but when I saw the details, frankly, I wasn't impressed. But when I couldn't find the sales contact on Linkedin I simply dismissed the whole proposal, out of hand. Almost without realising what I was doing. I don't think I'm unusual that way, am I? Do you keep your own profile up to date? Why wouldn't you? Many people seem to just worry about Recruiters chasing them down but it's worth remembering many other contacts may have some genuine interest in you and may make snap decisions based on what they do or don't find. Freelancers without a profile probably represent to me one of the great mysteries in life!

    Linkedin Groups were potentially one of the most useful - but definitely most abused - services on offer and as owner of several I've been aware for some time that they're being gradually designed out of the service, as new updates roll out. Indeed, for me, last week they more or less disappeared altogether unless I follow the direct links. It's a shame but I guess the writing is definitely on the wall now.

    We've got more than 4,000 members of our MedComms Networking Group and I've tried to manage it appropriately along the way. I believe it's been useful on many occasions to exchange information and ideas. In truth, though, it's always been hard work initiating and maintaining much useful discussion, and in practice most Groups are little more than a waste of space, so maybe they're right in wrapping them up soon, but where does the information that is useful go? Anyway, it might be worth browsing your own Groups to see what you want to capture.

    If anyone knows of a definitive reference source that explains what Linkedin are actually planning, please let me know.

    Meanwhile did you see the latest article from Ben Goldacre, Carl Heneghan and others in The BMJ; Pharmaceutical companies' policies on access to trial data, results, and methods: audit study? The accompanying podcast, Auditing the transparency policies of pharma, is well worth taking the time to listen to. I was intrigued to see GSK trumpeting the fact they're at the top of the list, which perhaps shows how seriously it's being taken, by some at least. That'll pressurise others to do likewise.

    Find out more at the AllTrials Transparency Index. It's worth noting that only the industry data has been published so far but results from non-industry funders are promised shortly in a separate paper.

    To end today, and hopefully just in time for your next coffee break, we've now posted recordings of two excellent presentations from the recent MedComms Networking event hosted by AMICULUM; Scientific storytelling and audience engagement. Enjoy!


    Peter Llewellyn
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