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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Lynn Moody, BSPharm (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This book provides an in-depth review of pharmaceutical writing and the role of the medical writer.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide that can be used when teaching the concepts of pharmaceutical writing as it pertains to drug development. In addition, this is a useful reference for medical writers wishing to expand into the area of pharmaceutical research.
Audience: This book is targeted primarily at those beginning in the field of pharmaceutical writing or those teaching medical writing in university coursework. It would also be useful to scientific, regulatory, and marketing professionals within the pharmaceutical industry to understand technical writing in the drug research process.
Features: This text is divided into three sections. The first section is a general overview of medical writing and the role of the medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry. The second section focuses on the variety of regulatory documents that are necessary in preparing drug submissions. The third section focuses on the types of external writing needed for the medical community including journal publications, marketing pieces, and promotional material. Throughout, the reader is reminded of the ethical considerations of medical writing and their impact on science. Templates for a clinical trial report, an overview regulatory document, and a journal publication are included. These are very useful to students and practitioners attempting to create these complex documents.
Assessment: This is an extremely useful reference for pharmaceutical writing. It provides a practical guide for the new medical writer. It is well organized and easy to follow for students learning medical writing skills. It would be a valuable asset to other professionals in the pharmaceutical industry involved in drug development projects.