Position Overview - Basic Functions & Responsibility
The Medical Science Liaison serves as an advocate for MSD science within the healthcare community. By virtue of his/her training, the MSL is well-positioned to discuss and provide scientific and therapeutic information to Health Care Professionals and Researchers (Clinical and Scientific Leaders) viewed by their peers to be authorities in a therapeutic field. The MSL is responsible for ensuring that he/she is fully versed in the therapeutic area and up-to-date on all major studies, both ongoing and completed, competitive product information and clinical data.
Engagements with External Experts
Develop an understanding of regional and national thought-leaders and the healthcare environments in which they work through effective professional engagement with Clinical and Scientific leaders that are centered on science and credible exchange of unbiased scientific information.
1. Interact with managed care organizations, healthcare professionals, clinical investigators, and other healthcare organizations providing fair, balanced, and scientifically rigorous medical and clinical information.
2. • Meet with healthcare professionals who might be interested in engaging in a scientific discussion regarding a product’s medical and clinical profile in the context of approved prescribing information as well as in response to unsolicited questions or requests for information which may involve off-label information. (Unsolicited means that the information request was neither suggested nor encouraged by the MSL or MSD sales representatives)
3. • Participate in the development and implement tactics identified in the Medical Affairs Plans (MAP).
4. • Work with MRL personnel to identify potential investigators for Phases 1, 2 and 3 Clinical Research projects, based on MSD needs and on the investigator's expertise and access to appropriate patients. As requested by MRL, secure participation of investigators they choose.
5. • Alert investigators to MSD's program for Investigator Initiated Study Proposals (MISP) and to the process for submitting investigator designed proposals for review and approval; encourage and facilitate research publication of MISP studies supported by MSD, in strict compliance with HQ and local guidance regarding MISP's.
6. • When requested (and consistent with local SOPs), may represent the Medical Department at Local or Regional Medical events (e.g. Medical Congresses and Symposia.) They may collaborate in the coordination of pre-event information and communication of post-event summaries.
Non-Promotional Scientific Information
The Medical Science Liaison is to engage exclusively in activities conductive to scientific exchange. As such, MSLs must be mindful of permissible subject matter, manner of discussion, context and audience and as such should be fully trained to fulfill all professional and regulatory requirements. Given the role of the MSL and the nature of MSL activities, it is critically important that MSLs avoid even the appearance of engaging in promotional activities.
Engage in discussions regarding scientific and clinical evidence surrounding new and existing MSD products and claims.
Provide relevant scientific background information for formulary decisions, treatment guidelines and Public Health programs.
Provide fair balanced, objective, scientific information and education to health care providers, formulary committees, basic scientists and to internal business partners as required by identified business needs
Guiding Principles and Practices
MSLs' engagements are based on in-depth scientific exchange in a therapeutic area and often lead to knowledge transfer initiatives and research. The MSL, in interacting with healthcare professionals and researchers, is governed by the following guiding principles intended to deliver unbiased and evidence based information
Report into Global Medical Affairs.
Have no sales objectives or accountability for prescribing or sales of any MSD product and do not participate in Sales Incentive Plans (SIP).
Discussions between MSLs and Health Care Professionals should focus on bi-directional exchange of ideas on disease related topics, scientific presentations of data in the public domain, and reporting scientific results (e.g. discussion of clinical study results.)
Product claims must be discussed in the context of clinical and scientific exchange, and shall be consistent with prescribing information and substantiated with reference-able data.
Communicate evidence with fair balance, in accordance with company and local regulatory standards.
If unsolicited, responses to requests that necessitate providing information or data that is not within the current product indication, must clearly disclose that the information being provided is not contained within the regulatory-approved labeling and that MSD recommends the use of its products in accordance with its approved labeling.
In response to an unsolicited request for information, the MSL can provide references, abstracts and bibliographies for the specified topics. The literature and data that MSL use to support their discussions, as a general rule, are peer-reviewed, of the highest quality, and from databases and sites of information approved by the Medical Affairs Management Team.
Slides must go thorugh proper medical review per local procedures prior to use. Refrain from use of corporate product trademark and branding in slide kits, unless expressly approved by Medical Affairs in the specific context used.
Information provided will not be highlighted or annotated by the MSL.
MSLs must not provide materials to Sales Representatives as these should only use materials approved in compliance with the Local Review Guidelines.
strong scientific baseline knowledge in therapeutic area 1) Clinical doctor in the related TA (bachelor degree) resident level at Tier III hospital (preferred) or resident to attending level at Tier II hospital. 2) Clinical doctor in the unrelated TA (bachelor degree or master degree) resident level (preferred) at Tier III hospital or resident to attending level at Tier II hospital. 3)Pharmacologist or Biologist (master degree prefer, sometime could be bachelor).
- strong, confident and engaging presentation skills
- outstanding communication and skills and the ability to function within a team environment.
- handling of multiple tasks at the same time and working under pressure
- proactive "can do" attitude and passion for the science related to the products and associated therapeutic area
- strong customer facing skills, listening skills, probing skills, and flexibility
- corporate culture competencies of Leader Behaviors, including Business Integrity
- experience within a clinical drug development environment preferred.
- be able to travel
Job: Medical Affairs Generic - Field Based Job Title:Spclst, Medical Affairs
Primary Location: APAC-CN-11-Beijing
Employee Status: Regular
Number of Openings: 1
Company Trade Name:MSD
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