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    MedComms Networking - 25 October 2016


    MedComms in Macclesfield is certainly busy! Prime Global are the latest to open new offices there. All the current activity in the North West UK reflects a healthy business so join us to celebrate this regional success on 8 December at the Tytherington Club in Macclesfield for an afternoon's workshop with plenty of Christmas cheer added in for good measure. Programme details will be confirmed very shortly now but as always you'll know it'll be a great opportunity to catch up with friends so sign up and please spread the word.

    Meanwhile welcome to Open Access Week - have you committed to taking action yet?

    I'm spending far too much time at the moment reflecting on what's changed over 10 years. The accelerating growth of Open Access publishing is surely one of the significant developments. That and data transparency. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) began releasing data on clinical trials to the public last week. That's not a small step.

    Ben Goldacre announced another step forward last week for the AllTrials campaign when "more than a million Norwegians demanded government action on clinical trial transparency"? Could you honestly have imagined such a thing as the AllTrials campaign back in 2006? I was intrigued to see in one of their launch articles, that Ben's third book will be called Bad Writing. That could be fun.

    What about the so-called digital revolution? Much has been said about passing tipping points over the last couple of years, as the majority of healthcare professionals (HCPs) are now classed as digital "natives" as opposed to "immigrants", and how the majority now demand medical education online and disrupt traditional conference attendance models.

    Ten years ago would you have imagined something like last week's online CME Palooza event run so informally, entirely online out of someone's home office?

    It's impossible to know how many freelancers work in MedComms today, but there are surely many times the number we had when MedComms Networking activity started. And many Freelancers essentially provide full agency services, embracing opportunities that technology and changing work practices allow. Even in MedComms we can see both the pros and cons of the so-called Gig economy as new and different working alliances form and evolve and disrupt between individuals and organisations.

    I recently asked a group of MedComms specialists what they thought was the biggest change to affect MedComms in the last 10 years. Compliance! Sunshine Acts and Industry guidelines have created a significant compliance industry of all of its own. Arguably with unintended consequences seen everywhere and crazy amounts of time spent on administration.

    So, what's changed for you? What, perhaps more importantly, is coming in the next 10 years? Join us on 25 January in Oxford and celebrate it all.

    Have a good week everyone. By the way, the Medical Writing Network is an online initiative that launches next week with a free webinar, Five Ways to Grow Your Medical Writing Business or Career. Go this way for an introductory discount for membership.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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