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    MedComms Networking - 21 June 2016


    Frankly I still seem to be suffering the after-effects from a lack of sleep throughout the looong MedComms Day 2016 on 8 June. I'm still intrigued to hear more of what you all thought of MedComms Day. I've not had much feedback, to be honest. What do you think we achieved between us? If you didn't join in - what stopped you? I've started a discussion in the MedComms Networking Linkedin group and I'd welcome more thoughts there. Or drop me a line directly.

    Tomorrow I'm looking forward to meeting with the current Sponsors of our new information resource for wannabes, and discussing what we can do to develop that further. No matter what we decide, the basic idea is that anyone can contribute and I'd encourage you all to consider doing so. I want more Personal Profiles and Day-in the-life-of type stories from across the community, not just from writers. And if your company is running an Open Day, for instance, do let me know so we can post details on to our list of people wanting a job in MedComms and related fields. It's been great to have heard, just in the past week, from three individuals who attended our most recent Meet the Agencies Careers event in May about the jobs they've now accepted in MedComms. It's reassuring to know this activity does actually work!

    One point I've made before is that my list of wannabes includes a mass of very bright and able folks, mostly at PhD and post-doc level. Amongst them they cover a lot of subject expertise and many languages. Many would welcome some work experience. Can you tap into that resource somehow? Let me know if you'd like to try. If you have any sort of suitable opportunity then I'll happily pass the message on.

    Meanwhile, have you seen this week's fuss over the link between meals for physicians and prescribing in the US? The article on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, Pharmaceutical Industry-Sponsored Meals and Physician Prescribing Patterns for Medicare Beneficiaries, has sparked a number of commentaries, for instance these two;

  • Feed Me, Pharma: More Evidence That Industry Meals Are Linked to Costlier Prescribing by Charles Ornstein at ProPublica
  • The Way To Doctors' Prescription Pads Is Through Their Stomachs by John LaMattina in his Forbes Blog.

    Overall I confess I'm still surprised how little analysis seems to have been done by industry critics in light of the data available following the US Sunshine Act.

    Here in the UK, the new ABPI database of industry payments to healthcare professionals (HCPs), Disclosure UK, goes live on 30 June. The clock is ticking loudly now. I wonder what, if anything, our tabloid press will make of EFPIA's drive towards greater transparency? Of course, that assumes the HCPs agree to their data being published - which they don't need to do here. The ABPI has recently reported the signs are good, however I guess we'll find out for ourselves next week.

    Enjoy your week, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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