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Publication Planning: The Role of The Freelance Writer. Tania Dickson, PhD Medical Director Carus Clinical Communications, an Elsevier business. Audience Questions. Have you seen a completed pub plan? Have you developed a pub plan? What was your involvement? Scribe

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publication planning the role of the freelance writer

Publication Planning:The Role of The Freelance Writer

Tania Dickson, PhD

Medical Director

Carus Clinical Communications, an Elsevier business

audience questions
Audience Questions
  • Have you seen a completed pub plan?
  • Have you developed a pub plan?
  • What was your involvement?
    • Scribe
    • Gap analysis article reviewer and writer
    • Intellectual contributor for significant portions of pub plan content
driving force behind publication planning
Driving Force Behind Publication Planning
  • Maximize dissemination of research data
  • Ensure research is clearly communicated and messages are consistent
  • Differentiate product from competitors
  • Increase product market share
  • Single source describing all publication (non-CME) activities
strategic approach
Strategic Approach
  • Consider both clinical and marketing initiatives
  • Product life cycle
  • Market and competitor activity
  • Content and process
optimizing the effectiveness of publication planning it s all about the timing

Launch

Patent Expiry

Strategy

Development

Strategy

refinement

and

tactical

development

Tactical development and delivery with periodic strategic re-evaluation

Publication

wind-down

Optimizing the Effectiveness of Publication Planning… It’s All About the Timing
anatomy of a publication plan

Situation Analysis

SWOT

Communication Imperatives

Communication Messages

Anatomy of a Publication Plan

Gap analysis

Market Research

Message Testing

Treatment Guidelines

Advisory Board

Findings

Product Strengths

Market Opportunities

Product Weaknesses

Market Threats

WHAT ISSUES

NEED TO BE

ADDRESSED

CLINICAL DATA

MESSAGES TO ADDRESS

THE ISSUES

sample table of contents
Sample Table of Contents

1.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

2.0 COMPETITOR PUBLICATION ANALYSIS (GAP) SUMMARY

2.1 Product

2.2 Competitor A

2.3 Competitor B

3.0 CLINICAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR PRODUCT

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Completed Clinical Studies

3.3 Ongoing Clinical Studies

3.4 Planned Clinical Studies

3.5 XXXX Proposed Clinical Studies

4.0 SWOT ANALYSIS FOR PRODUCT

4.1 Strengths

4.2 Weaknesses

4.3 Opportunities

4.4 Threats

5.0 TARGET AUDIENCES, JOURNALS, AND MEETINGS

6.0 MARKET ANALYSIS

7.0 PRODUCT COMMUNICATION IMPERATIVES

8.0 KEY COMMUNICATION MESSAGES FOR PRODUCT

9.0 PRODUCT STRATEGIES AND TACTICS

in depth gap analyses
In-depth Gap Analyses….
  • Regular gap analyses are crucial for evaluating strategy and tactics from early to late in a product’s lifecycle
  • Identify areas where an increase in drug publication activity is required
  • Measure the current publication performance of a drug against it’s competitors
  • Evaluate gaps in a drug’s publication portfolio
  • Determine whether maximal publication use has been made of available clinical data
gap analysis how to
Gap Analysis How To…
  • Rule #1— Are we all on the same page?
    • Define search strings
    • Define timeframe
    • Define competitors
    • Define manuscript types
    • Define patient populations
    • Define study types
    • Identify key messages for analysis
    • Regroup, reassess, and confirm for consistency
gap analysis how to audience question
Gap Analysis How To…Audience Question
  • Primary study endpoint: time to doubling of serum creatinine
  • Secondary study endpoint: time to first cardiovascular morbidity or mortality event
  • Tertiary study endpoint: health economic benefit of product X in this patient population
  • Primary or secondary or health economic article?
anatomy of a gap analysis
Anatomy of a Gap Analysis
  • Number of pubs per year
  • Number of pubs by target audience
  • Number of pubs by article type
  • Number of pubs by journal
  • Number of pubs by message
  • Permutations of above
  • Journals used
  • What does this mean to product X?
tips for gap analyses
Tips for Gap Analyses
  • Communication is imperative
    • Ask lots of questions when you start
      • Have they done these types of analyses before?
      • Are there SOPs?
      • What are the agency’s expectations for your involvement
      • Who is responsible for what deliverables
      • Timing of deliverables
    • Ask questions while you’re working through the materials ASAP
abstracts versus full manuscript review
Abstracts versus full manuscript review….
  • In Dr. T’s opinion….
    • Review articles MUST be reviewed in full
      • Abstracts of review articles rarely cover all messages included in the review article
    • Clinical/data-driven manuscripts
      • Preference is to review full manuscript
tips for preparing the clinical development plan
Tips for Preparing the Clinical Development Plan
  • Repository of clinical data available for dissemination
  • Sources:
    • Client
    • Product website
    • www.clinicaltrials.gov
    • World Health Organization Clinical Trial registry http://www.who.int/trialsearch/Default.aspx
    • Current Controlled Trials registry http://www.controlled-trials.com
    • International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations clinical trial registry http://clinicaltrials-dev.ifpma.org
key communication messages18
Key Communication Messages
  • MUST be based on clinical/scientific fact
  • Small number of core messages with more detailed sub-messages as necessary
  • Messages should be consistent across indications, formulations, and within franchises
communicating the right messages to ensure strategic success
Communicating the Right Messages to Ensure Strategic Success
  • Define primary and secondary messages that will promote strategic imperatives
  • Critically assess the data pool—align with messages
  • Identify message gaps
    • Messages without supporting data
type of messages
Type of messages:
  • Disease state/burden of disease
  • Mechanism of action
  • PK/PD/Metabolism/Drug-drug interactions
  • Efficacy
    • Morbidity
    • Mortality
  • Safety
  • Health economic
  • Quality of life
types of tactical recommendations
Types of Tactical Recommendations
  • Data-driven
    • Abstracts
    • Primary manuscripts
    • Post hoc analyses
      • Hypothesis testing
      • Disease awareness
      • Subpopulations
  • Reviews
    • Scene-setting (pre launch)
    • Product specific (pre and post launch)
  • Monographs
  • Custom publications
  • Advisory board/consensus meeting practical use guidelines
journal selection process
Journal Selection Process

Tier

versus

Timing

Budget

Timing to citability

Impact factor

Reprint availability

Regulatory

Reach

Other distribution

= Review articles

= Supplements

= Journal clubs

= Reprint carriers

Author influence

Rejection rate

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Freelance writers are an important team member and can support publication planning in a variety of ways:
    • Writing support
    • Review, analysis, and documentation support
    • Strategic/tactical support
  • Communication is key to an effective working relationship
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