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What is Medical Affairs?

What is Medical Affairs?
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:

·       Managing key thought leader relationships

·       Working with data and publishing reports from clinical trials

·       Working on research initiatives outside of labelled and marketed indicators

·       Presenting educational information

·       Providing product safety information for healthcare professionals (e.g. physicians, pharmacists, nurses and NHS managers) and to patients

All informative and advice these professionals use is 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 being 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.

What does a career within Medical Affairs look like?

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.

What are the typical roles within Medical Affairs?

Medical Affairs Officer

Medical Affairs Manager

Medical Director

Head of Medical Affairs

Associate Director, Medical Affairs

Medical Manager

Medical Writer

Pharmacist

Senior/Medical Advisor

Medical Science Liaison (MSL)

Medical Lead

Medical Information Officer

How Carrot Recruitment can help you find your next job within the Medical Affairs sector:

Our specialist recruitment consultant, Danielle Bent, will be happy to help with all your Medical Affairs needs. She can be contacted on:

+44 (0)1625 541 046 / [email protected]

You can also view all our live Medical Affairs jobs here or take a look below.

Looking to progress your career within Medical Affairs but unsure what your next steps may look like? Check out our useful article on how to progress your Medical Affairs career here.