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EPC: In Medical Writing – A Bold New Path: The Future Awaits Us, Lisa A Cloutier at Janssen Research & Development discusses outsourcing trends in medical writing. What do you think the future will hold for medical writing services?

Barry Drees: I have been in medical writing for over 30 years, and it seems that every five years or so, the outsourcing trend pendulum swings back and forth between ‘everything should be done in-house’ and ‘virtual company: outsource everything’. I believe that the ideal solution is somewhere in the middle, where a company maintains a core of medical writing experience but uses outside contractors in times of peak demand (such as large submissions) or for specialist expertise. So, I see a very secure future for contract medical writers.

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Barry Drees received his PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of California, US. Following his postdoctoral work as a fellow of the National Institute of Health, he worked as a Medical Writer at Hoechst/Aventis for 12 years. Barry is a frequent speaker on medical writing, statistics, and other scientific communication topics for a number of associations and companies in the pharma industry. He is a past President of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) and is a former Editorin- Chief of the EMWA journal. He is currently a Co-Founder and Senior Partner of Trilogy Writing & Consulting, continuing to personally lead submission teams and provide training for the industry around the world.
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