|[October 11, 2013]
According to 2014 Projections, MSLs Will See a 27% Staffing Increase
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. --(Business Wire)--
In the last few years, medical science liaison (MSL) teams incurred
significant growth, particularly among affiliate organizations. In 2010,
only 60% of country-level pharmaceutical medical affairs teams reported
responsibility for MSL teams.
A new study published by Cutting Edge Information, "Medical Affairs:
Resource Allocation for the Global Marketplace," found that 75% of
country-level teams currently have responsibility for MSLs - an increase
The study discovered at the country level, companies continue to rely on
dedicated MSL teams to perform more activities with fewer resources. To
take on these increasing responsibilities, teams strategically align
their existing MSLs to serve multiple therapeutic areas and connect with
regional key opinion leaders (KOLs).
"In addition to building and nurturing KOL relationships, medical
science liaisons also ensure that companies remain compliant across
their target therapeutic areas and prevent inadvertent off-label
promotion during company-sponsored events," said Ryan McGuire, research
team leader at Cutting Edge Information. "In recent years, MSL staffing
projections have increased as companies continue to build out their
regional medical affairs teams and increase interactions with regional
As countries' regulations become more stringent, regional teams rely on
increased numbers of MSLs to support upcoming and existing products.
Even with the projected 27% staffing increase in 2014, country-level
teams still walk a fine line between supporting company objectives and
educating the medical community. Companies must balance external demands
for robust MSL
teams alongside their need for adequate commercial support
activities. For example, although one company interviewed plans to
double its MSL headcount, its other internal functions' needs constrict
the number of FTEs the company can reasonably allocate to medical
"Medical Affairs: Resource Allocation for the Global Marketplace" (http://www.cuttingedgeinfo.com/research/medical-affairs/global-resource-allocation/)
features detailed data on optimal medical affairs structures and best
practices for cross-functional communication with clinical and marketing
teams. The research includes four years of budget data for the medical
affairs function. Use this report to:
Strengthen medical affairs staffing, structure and organizational
support within pharmaceutical or medical device companies.
Empower medical affairs teams via adequate budget and staffing
resources prior to product launch.
economics teams under the medical affairs umbrella.
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Demeter at 919-403-6583.
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