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Freelance Medical Affairs Consultant
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Belgium
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description *** A Pharmaceutical company is looking for Freelance Medical Affairs Consultants - 4 Month Contract - Belgium - Oncology and Haematology - Start ASAP *** Responsibilities: Provide specialist care

 

In the field of medicine, most pharmaceutical companies have two main scientific teams; Research and Development, and Medical Affairs. Research and development deals with scientific methods and early development; medical affairs teams provide much-needed support for the later stages of development.

Job Specification, Salary, Outlook
As part of the medical affairs team, you’ll often be engaged in administrative tasks such as project tracking, information management, and providing support for the director or manager during submission. Your remit may also include marketing, and technical and after-sales support for drugs and medical devices. 

So how much do medical affairs professionals earn? It depends on a number of factors, but average salaries for medical affairs roles in the United States range from $56, 000 per year for entry-level positions, to up to $140, 000 per year for experienced professionals. Factors that affect the level of salary include job location, technical skills, subject knowledge, on-the-job experience, and academic background. In the United Kingdom, salaries range from £40, 000- £90, 000 per annum, plus bonuses.  

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Managing the rules and processes involved in a drug's successful approval and release
  • Coordinating with scientists and pharmaceutical officials to plan drug trials, facilitate drug research
  • Interpreting and reporting data to regulatory agencies
  • Ensuring all drug-related activities are within the  state and federal guidelines
  • Working as disease experts
  • Educating team members and consumers
  • Providing informational services to healthcare facilities
  • Designing publication plans 
  • Reporting trial results to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through medical meetings and published journals
  • Applying for all required approvals and marketing permits from the FDA  and international regulatory offices
  • Tracking, obtaining and renewing permits and licenses

Typical Roles in Medical Affairs:

  • Medical Writer
  • Medical Affairs Officer
  • Head of Medical Affairs
  • Medical Affairs Manager
  • Medical Manager
  • Director of Medical Affairs
  • Medical Affairs Pharmacist
  • Medical Advisor
  • Senior Medical Advisor
  • Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
  • Medical Information Officer
  • Medical Lead

Key Skills & Qualifications    
If you possess the following skills, a career in medical affairs might an excellent fit:

  • Keen interest in carrying out meticulous and comprehensive work
  • Desire to work on products that aim to cure illnesses
  • The ability to write and review lengthy documents 
  • Enthusiasm for working and advising other professionals
  • Interest in the legislation for product approval
  • Good understanding of scientific and legal matters

A benefit of working in medical affairs is that a Ph.D is generally not required. In fact, a lot of medical affairs associates are graduates or master degree holders. For those looking to eventually pursue senior roles, further academic qualifications are a good thing to consider. Most establishments favour candidates with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree, a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) or Master of Business Administration (MBA). Aspiring directors should be licensed to practice medicine in their respective location. If they’re engaged in a work focused on an area of medicine, such as a surgical centre, they must earn a board certification in that specialty.

There are three core groups in medical affairs:

Medical Communications
This group deals with drug-related publications such as abstracts, manuscripts, and posters. These materials are essential for the commercialization of products. Professionals in medical communications roles develop precise, clear and consistent language to explain clinical results to the wider organization. Some medical communications specialists work closely with the research and public health communities and coordinate the reporting of major public health initiatives and clinical trials.    

Medical Science Liaisons (MSL)
The Medical Science Liaison team is positioned as the “medical” face of the company in a way that is very different from its sales resource. MSLs are healthcare consulting professionals who are employed by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and managed care companies. 

Medical Information Experts
MIEs are key resources in medical affairs for commercial and Medical Science Liaison teams. A medical information group works on common concerns about commercial drugs, including efficacy, safety, administration, and dosing. During release, these experts answer questions from healthcare providers, patients, and other interested groups.