Archive for October, 2012

Pharmaceutical Industry Acronyms

October 23rd, 2012 No comments

If you are new to an industry, the terminology and acronyms can be very confusing! So here is a short list of some of the key ones.

AABB American Association of Blood Banks
AACP American College of Clinical Pharmacology
AADA Abbreviated Antibiotic Drug Application
AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges
AAPP American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians
AAPS American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
ABP Association Pharmaceutique Belge
ABPI Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
ACE adverse clinical event
ACPU Association of Clinical Pharmacology Units
ACRP Association of Clinical Research Professionals, formerly Associates in Clinical Pharmacology
ACT Applied Clinical Trials magazine
  • antidepressant
  • Alzheimer’s disease
ADME absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (pharmacokinetic processes)
ADR adverse drug reaction
AE adverse event
AERS Adverse Event Reporting System
AFMR American Federation for Medical Research
AICRC Association of Independent Clinical Research Contractors
AMA American Medical Association
ANDA Abbreviated New Drug Application
ANDA Abbreviated New Drug Application
APhA American Pharmaceutical Association
API active pharmaceutical ingredient
ARO academic research organization
ASCPT American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
BARQA British Association of Research Quality Assurance
BCE beneficial clinical event
BDPA Bureau of Drug Policy and Administration (China)
BIO Biotechnology Industry Organization
BIRA British Institute of Regulatory Affairs
BrAPP British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians
CAPRA Canadian Association of Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs
CDM clinical data management
CMC Chemistry, Manufacturing & Controls
CME continuing medical education
CNS central nervous system
CNS Central Nervous System
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPM Clinical Project Manager
CPMP Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products
CRA Clinical Research Associate
CRF Case Report Form
CRO contract research organization
CRO Clinical Research Organisation
CSM Committee on Safety of Medicines
CTA Clinical Trials Assistant
CTC Clinical Trial Certificate
CTL Clinical Team Leader
CTM Clinical Trial Manager
CTX Clinical Trial Certificate of Exemption
DBDD Double Blind Double Dummy
EMEA Europe Middle East and Africa
FCPA Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
FDA Food and Drug Administration
GCP Good Clinical Practice
GI Gastro Intestinal
GMP Good Manufacturing Practice
HLM Healthcare Liaison Manager
IDB Investigators’ Drug Brochure
IREC Independent Research Ethics Committee
KAM Key Account Manager
MAA Marketing Authorisation Approval
MHRA Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
MREC Main Research Ethics Committee
NCE New Chemical Entity
NICE National Institute of Clinical Excellence
P Pharmacy Only Medicine
PIL Patient Information Leaflet
PMS Post Marketing Surveillance
POM Prescription Only Medicine
PPRS Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme
PR Public Relations
QA Quality Assurance
QC Quality Control
R&D Research and Development
SAE Serious Adverse Event
SAMM Safety Assessment of Marketed Medicines
SCRA Senior Clinical Research Associate
SDV Source Data Verification
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
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Ignore your emails

October 21st, 2012 No comments

In the “old days” your working day was not driven by emails. These days, how many of us spend our day responding to emails and trying to fit in the work we want or need to do, around the demands that land in our in box every day.

So, here’s a radical idea. Ignore your emails. OK I don’t mean ignore them completely, but manage them. Try opening your emails at set times of the day. For a start, NOT first thing in the morning, otherwise that sets you off on the wrong path for the day.  How about 10:00am? That’s reasonable. I’m quite sure that most things will wait an hour before action, and if it’s really that important, someone will probably phone you anyway!

Once you’ve read your emails, deleted the junk, delegated whatever you can, and made a list (on paper) of the actionable tasks – turn off your email program’s auto send/receive. That way you won’t be distracted by even more emails before you’ve completed the tasks you’ve just started.  Only switch it back on at your next “online” time. How about 1:00 or 2:00, then again at 4:00. You’re still reading your emails 3 or 4 times a day, which should be enough for most people!

Taking this approach, I believe you’ll now have an extra hour or so “free” each day, so you can start to do some of the things that YOU need to do. Write that blog entry, finish off that project, proof read that article, even read the latest news. Or plan that new project that’s been on the back burner “when you’ve got the time”. If you now have 1 hour a day “extra”, you’ve got yourself almost another working day each week… use it wisely!!


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Applicant Tracking Systems

October 20th, 2012 No comments

Here’s a list. I’m not endorsing these in any way as I’ve not used most of them in detail. If you know of any more, drop a comment on the page. Or indeed if you have any experience using any of these.

“Innovative web-based solutions for streamlined recruiting and hiring”

“Providing the ONLY industry leading solutions with Talent Intelligence in every major category of Talent Management.”



Recruit Active






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Using GMail to search inside CVs / resumes

October 19th, 2012 No comments

It looks like Google has added a feature to its GMAIL service that could be very useful for smaller recruiters. You can now search within email attachments. This means, with a bit of clever organising, you could use GMAIL as a basic CV parser.

Assuming you have candidate CVs in GMAIL and labelled up, simply adding “has:attachment ” as a prefix to your search includes the attachments too.

Note that it only works on certain document types, but it seems to work ok with pdf, doc, & ppt. Also if you want to restrict your search to specific document types, try this format “has:attachment filename:pdf”.

So a typical search might be  : has:attachment filename:doc “clinical research”

Taking it a step further, you can create a filter. Using GMails “create filter with this search”  you can forward the emails automatically elsewhere, flag them as important, and even keep an active filter on a label. So, for example you can set up a filter that searches all your CVs for some selected keywords and then attach that search to a label.

The downside is that I’m not aware of anyway of ranking or sorting the results, you can only get them in date order.

Of course, it will take some experimentation, and some organising, but it might be worth a shot if you are setting up a new recruiting business or are a small employer – as its Free!


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Time for another rant – email unsubscribing

October 18th, 2012 No comments

Each day I, as well as everyone else on the planet, get a whole bunch of  ”junk” email. Most of this is fairly harmless promotional stuff as all the enhancement drugs and Nigerian 401 scams have been filtered out by the time I get them. But in any case, each day, as part of my routine, I try to un-subscribe from a few of them,  in the misguided hope that my “wanted:unwanted” email ratio will not continue to grow exponentially.  However, as I have numerous email accounts (which I don’t believe is unusual these days) I  forward all my accounts to gmail. Its convenient, includes powerful spam filtering, can be accessed from anywhere, and of course is free.

The problem (and the rant) comes when :

  1. I click on the unsubscribe link – and I’m forced to login in order to “change my preferences” – usually of course, details are long forgotten, thus initiating a painful “forgotten password” – wait for email – login – change preferences sequence. Not only is this a waste of my time, it also annoys the hell out of me and makes me hate the organisation I am unsubscribing from even more!
  2. or.. I receive an email with an unsubscribe link. Yet, when I click on it I am forced  to add my email address. Or it simply creates an email back to the remove@ email address. However, if like me, your various email addresses end up in the same place, you have no idea which one the offending item was sent to in the first place! OK, check the “To” field. Nope, often this is a generic email that means I was simply BCC’d into a bunch of old junk email. No way to unsubscribe. Surely every email system these days uses a unique ID to identify me in their list, so that a simple click can remove me!? – Apparently not.

It should be compulsory for every “marketing” email to include a single click unsubscribe.


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The desperate acts of an ailing newspaper industry

October 17th, 2012 No comments

As most of us know, in the modern digital world, the sharing of content is positively & actively encouraged; you can see this on virtually every page of every website. This, it has been discovered, increases awareness of content, and thus traffic to your website. Every business under the sun is now actively creating “social media ” and “content marketing” strategies.

However, it appears that the UK’s once powerful, but ailing newspaper industry have decided they prefer the old world. I guess that they have no idea how the modern world operates, and their business models are so old nobody knows how, or has the courage to, change them. So the 8 major newspaper groups in the UK have set up The Newspaper Licencing Agency (The NLA). The NLA  exists with the sole purpose of trying to squeeze as much out of the old world before it disappears. However, they seem to have overlooked the fact that what they are doing is actually causing their own industry’s premature demise.

Now I understand that good journalism costs money, and I understand that reporters and editors want to be paid too, but all ancient industries needs to change, and, as the music and film industries have found out, you can’t fight evolution. Does anyone remember the “Home Taping is Killing Music” campaigns?  – I don’t think it did.

Clearly, most of us now read most of our news on-line (and mostly for free), and as a consequence, the newspaper industry is struggling as the sales of newspapers diminish. (Personally, I still buy a Sunday paper, but read daily news from the BBC & Google). However, the moment you start to restrict the flow of news headlines, you are killing access to the very audience you want to buy your product. uses a news feed from a reputable news service called Moreover. The news headlines are fed to us and we display those on the homepage of the website.  Should any unsuspecting visitor click on one of these headlines, they are immediately taken away from the site and to the origin of the news, wherever it may be. The NLA in the wisdom have decided that this should be £icensed: and the license is based on the number of staff we have – regardless of who does what and what we do with the content.

So forgive me if I’m missing something here. The traffic that I send from – directly to the content source (some of whom are their members)… they want ME to pay for? Surely, I should be charging them for sending them traffic?

I’m sure if I asked the newspapers to pay ME to host my classified advert (After all I wrote it, so the copyright is mine) – they would laugh.

I believe that The  NLA (Newspaper Licencing Agency) are currently in the process of hammering in their own industry’s coffin nails.  I for one, have removed any NLA content from my website.

Time to rethink your business model guys.

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Thanks to the Spammers

October 17th, 2012 No comments

Thanks to the spammers, I’ve had to delete over 57,000 “posts” and thousands of “subscribers”. Which is a shame as I’ve had to delete my own posts and content too. Ah well, nothing lasts forever, so maybe its time to rethink the site and the content anyway.

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