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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 04 July 2017


    So, did you join us for our first #MedComms virtual event last week? The one about virtual events... The recording is now freely available here. I think it worked well, but is it worth our while doing more? Please send me your feedback so we can think about future activity, or add your comments to the discussion in the MedComms Networking Linkedin Group.

    There was good advice from the panellists around points to consider if you're doing virtual and hybrid events, and of course there's nothing like doing one yourself to highlight the challenges! Well over 100 attendees was impressive, I thought, but at least some of those then represented larger groups who had gathered together for a team meeting, which I particularly liked.

    Many thanks to the Blue Sky eLearn team for helping us stage the event. To learn more about their platform, email Jim Bohlen directly on email

    Meanwhile, we've now posted three more free webcasts from this month's Brunch Club meeting, all featuring Jackie Marchington of Caudex.

  • Growing ORCIDS, tips for agencies (11.36 mins)

  • A forensic examination of a possibly questionable journal (14.44 min)

  • The corporate author (15.26 mins)

  • Our next Brunch Club meeting is this Thursday, 6 July, with Russel Traynor of Envision Pharma Group and Gavin Sharrock of John Wiley and Sons. You're welcome to join us, as always.

    We'll shortly launch a new web site at with some 50 free webcasts as we continue to build this valuable collection. All suggestions and feedback welcomed.

    Also on Thursday, 6 July, remember we've an important free webinar being run by Brian Goode and his team at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). We've already run two roundtable meetings this year, most recently in May with a group a prominent publishers, to share and discuss needs around use of copyrighted content by today's MedComms agencies, and to consider potential solutions. This free webinar will provide a readout of those discussions, a description of planned next steps and an invitation to further collaborate with CCC in building better solutions.

    In other news, I guess it's still early days to determine the longer-term effects of transparency of payments to doctors and others but here's some new reading from around the world for your next tea break...

  • Australia: Who's paying for lunch? Here's exactly how drug companies wine and dine our doctors

  • The UK: Significant increase in healthcare professionals disclosing partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry

  • The USA: CMS Releases 2016 Open Payments Data

  • Finally, here are a couple of worthy endeavours being undertaken by members of this #MedComms community - please support them and let me know of any you undertake yourselves...

  • the team from Oxford PharmaGenesis are currently walking 1 million steps for Diabetes UK

  • whilst Giles, the company mouse at St Giles Medical, is about to head off to Norway to drive 1560 miles from Nordkapp to Bergen in just 7 days with "a couple of grumpy old men".

  • Good luck, everyone, with your plans for the week.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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