Medical Affairs

What is medical affairs?

Medical affairs is a department within medical device or pharmaceutical companies that focuses on communication with healthcare providers. Many individuals who work in medical affairs have advanced degrees, such as MDs or PharmDs, letting them effectively convey the science of the pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  

Medical affairs also collaborate with stakeholders and key opinion leaders.  

Medical affairs teams may communicate with providers on topics such as: 

  • Safety 
  • Off-label usage 
  • Independent medical education 
  • Publications  

Why is medical affairs important to healthcare?

Medical affairs departments are important to healthcare because they relay critical, accurate information to healthcare professionals. They are skilled at making complex scientific and clinical information more accessible to those who are not as familiar with the area. Overall, medical affairs help bring beneficial medical devices and drugs to market to improve patients’ lives. 

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