Medical affairs is a unique department within life sciences that focuses on the communications between the company and medical professionals, healthcare providers, and patients. Medical affairs’ primary role is to communicate scientific and clinical information to the medical community through various channels.
These channels include:
We work on a range of Medical Affairs roles for global pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consultancy companies across the UK and Europe. Covering a range of positions, including Pharmacists, MSLs, and Medical Advisors, our specialist recruitment consultants can help place you into your next happy job!
Medical Affairs sits within commercial organisations and is concerned with post-approval activities. With pressure from regulatory authorities to have a department separate from commercial activities, Medical Affairs grew as a sector.
Medical Affairs roles are there to provide scientific and clinical support for commercial products. Some activities they may be involved with include:
All information and advice these professionals use are based on published literature, confidential company data, and experiences. They work closely with brand teams to approve literature and ensure it meets industry standards, as well as is well balanced and up-to-date.
Medical Affairs teams are the medical face of the company. Their value lies in their scientific and clinical expertise and they strive to build strong relationships with communities and academic physicians. This allows for information to flow freely between the medical community and the pharma organisation – and because its remit is positioned outside of commercial activities the team can help external bodies to navigate their way through internal departments.
Those starting out their careers within Medical Affairs will probably do so within a junior Medical Information role, before moving into a senior Medical Information position after a couple of years. From here, your career pathway could lead to a Scientific Advisor or MSL position.
The skills you develop within a Medical Affairs role will also be transferable into other divisions of the pharma sector, such as Regulatory Affairs, PV, or Sales.
Find out more about how to progress your career within Medical Affairs here.