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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 124-127

Medical affairs post-COVID 19: Are we ready to take the baton?

International Oncology Medical Director, AstraZeneca, Horizon Place, Capability Green, Luton, United Kingdom

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Dr. Viraj Deodatta Rajadhyaksha
Horizon Place, Capability Green, Luton LU3 1 LU
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/picr.PICR_164_20

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The spread of coronavirus epidemic has resulted in a change in the work schedule for Medical affairs professionals in the pharmaceutical industry. There has been an increase in virtual scientific interactions and prioritization of scientific communication. In the long term, this is likely to affect the structure and responsibilities of Medical affairs teams. New areas such as interactions with patients' groups, leading treatment access in specific channels of health-care delivery and role in specialty care are likely to be an integral part of the Medical Affairs function. Along with that, Medical Affairs teams would take a proactive role in developing platforms for real-world evidence programs and forging cross-industry partnerships. To make this successful, Medical affairs teams will have to build specialized skills such as expertise in healthcare, use of digital technology, patient engagement, and soft skills such as agility and ability to influence. The future of medical affairs is set for a major change.

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