Medical Copywriting FAQs

Below, I’ve listed some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) that people ask me about my work as a freelance medical copywriter and strategic consultant. If you’ve got other questions, please email me.

I provide freelance medical copywriting, research, editing and content consulting services for commercial, scientific and patient medical communications. They include focused campaigns for pharmaceutical-healthcare advertising, public relations, healthcare education, and medical affairs. 

I can help you connect with your clinical, patient, healthcare B2B, pharma sales or internal markets by:

  • Planning content strategy for new medical communications projects
  • Brainstorming new concepts with creative and branding teams
  • Developing clear, compelling healthcare messages for each audience
  • Researching current and new therapeutic areas
  • Simplifying complex scientific material
  • Presenting work to clients face-to-face and via virtual meetings
  • Consulting with medical experts and healthcare branding teams
  • Adapting copy for digital, print, audio, video and social media
  • Producing continuing medical education (CME) material
  • Ensuring content meets ethical regulations (e.g., ABPI, EFPIA)
  • Reviewing other medical writers’ work and giving feedback
  • Medical editing and proofreading

I work closely with clients, colleagues, charities and academics to develop healthcare campaigns for the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and the Middle East. Visit my Services page to see further details about my freelance / contract services

I provide freelance medical copywriting, research, editing and content consulting services for commercial, scientific and patient medical communications. They include focused campaigns for pharmaceutical-healthcare advertising, public relations, healthcare education, and medical affairs. 

I can help you connect with your clinical, patient, healthcare B2B, pharma sales or internal markets by:

  • Planning content strategy for new medical communications projects
  • Brainstorming new concepts with creative and branding teams
  • Developing clear, compelling healthcare messages for each audience
  • Researching current and new therapeutic areas
  • Simplifying complex scientific material
  • Presenting work to clients face-to-face and via virtual meetings
  • Consulting with medical experts and healthcare branding teams
  • Adapting copy for digital, print, audio, video and social media
  • Producing continuing medical education (CME) material
  • Ensuring content meets ethical regulations (e.g., ABPI, EFPIA)
  • Reviewing other medical writers’ work and giving feedback
  • Medical editing and proofreading

I work closely with clients, colleagues, charities and academics to develop healthcare campaigns for the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and the Middle East. Visit my Services page to see further details about my freelance / contract services

I have covered over 70 different types of therapy areas in the pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare and medical devices industries. I don’t tend to specialise in a particular disease area because medical science is changing all the time.

So, as a senior medical copywriter and strategic consultant, I’m always ready to dive into new clinical research, healthcare trends and rare diseases to find out the latest news. I look at the Big Picture, as well as the scientific details and human aspects of each area. 

If your healthcare or disease area is not shown on my Therapy Areas page, then contact me to find out if I’ve covered a related issue. 

I work with various clients, both directly and through my partnerships with medical communications agencies. 

These clients have included pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, private hospitals, specialist clinics, medical technology companies, healthcare charities, patient advocacy groups, healthcare logistics companies, digital healthcare companies, medical publishing companies, and small healthcare businesses.

I also provide freelance medical copywriting  editing and content consulting support for medical communications agencies, on a UK, European, US and international basis.

First, to find out if I can help you, please send me an email to check my availability. We can then set up a free 20 minute, no obligation, phone or video conversation.

I will start by asking you several questions to understand your project brief and your audience. These queries will include details about your company, your mission, your challenges, project scope, ideal customers and timelines. The more specific your answers are, the better.

Following that, I will send you a proposal. This will outline what we’ve discussed, and the services I can provide to you, based on your project brief. The proposal will include a day rate, a fixed project quote or a retainer rate.

Once you’re happy with the proposal I’ve sent you, I will ask you to sign a contract before I begin this project work.

I can work with you team at various production stages of your medical communications project. These stages include researching and developing content strategy, and original, creative concepts. I also can consult with your medical experts and healthcare brand managers to plan and write targeted messages and campaigns. 

I can also provide medical editing services to ensure clarity, readability and optimise quality control. 

I work on a daily rate (7.5 hours per day) or a fixed project rate, if you can provide me with a detailed project brief. The total project cost will depend on various factors, including: 

  • The complexity and quantity of the work 
  • How much new content strategy and creativity are needed
  • How much background research you can provide
  • How much original research it requires
  • If interviews are needed
  • If you need editorial management for the project
  • How quickly you need the content

If you already have a medical communications plan or marketing strategy for your project, this will make my work easier. I can then produce specific content to match your current strategic medical communications projects. 

Alternatively, I’m happy to help you develop a new, clear plan and purpose for your healthcare content, as part of my freelance medical writing and strategic consulting services.

Yes, I trade as MediQuill Ltd a VAT-registered, limited company in England and Wales. Registered Company number: 10641569.  Therefore, I charge VAT for any services I provide to my UK-based clients.

The set project quotes I provide for my services will typically include the following activities:

  • Background reading and research, including interviews (if required)
  • Researching and planning a multi-media content strategy, if needed
  • On-page SEO optimisation for online projects (for titles, subheadings, and content)
  • Relevant telephone calls/e-mails/video conferencing related to the project
  • A first draft of compelling, quality medical content (including infographics, if needed)
  • Up to two rounds of editorial content revisions, as needed
  • Proofreading of all content drafts
  • Checking that the content meets relevant codes of practice (eg. ABPI, EFPIA) 
  • Marking up relevant reference material used in the final draft for use in Veeva Vault 
  • Copyright ownership of the final content

If more than two rounds of content revisions are needed, I will charge for these extra revisions on an additional, hourly basis. 

Visit my Services page to review my extensive freelance services.

It’s often easier to discuss new projects by telephone,  Zoom, Teams, Skype and/or video conferencing, rather than trying to meet up in person. 

However, depending on my availability, I may be able to meet you for face-to-face briefings, creative brainstorms, and project meetings in the Greater London area. This can often help me to get to know your team better, and understand your specific medical communications needs. I may charge extra for these face-to-face meetings, depending on their frequency and time.

I will discuss project payment terms in detail with you before I begin any work. For some projects, I may require a percentage of the total cost as a deposit before I start. For projects spread out over several months, I will typically issue an invoice for the services I have provided to you at the end of each calendar month. 

All invoice payments will need to be made by direct bank transfer in British pounds (£), within 30 days of invoice submission. I may charge a late fee if I do not receive payment within two weeks of the invoice due date.

Yes. I will need you or a member of your company to sign a medical writing contract to confirm the agreed project scope, services and fees. I will send you my full terms and conditions to review along with a freelance contract.

I can also sign a  confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before discussing any new business.

Like many other freelance healthcare writers, my availability varies. Sometimes, I can be managing a few projects with different deadlines. Or I may be committed to a 2-3-month contract. The best way to find out my current availability is to e-mail me, and give me as much notice as possible about your specific project.

Please provide me with as much notice as possible about any upcoming projects you may want my medical copywriting or consulting services for. Even if your project may not start for a few weeks

This notice will allow me to check my availablity, and possibly set aside some future time for your project.

Yes, I can send you samples of my portfolio that have already been launched, published, presented at public meetings, or openly distributed online.

However, much of my work is confidential. So I will not be able to share that with you.  Please let me know the type of medical media material you want to produce and/or the healthcare therapy area(s) you are working on.

Yes. Please visit my Testimonials page to see several recommendations from satisfied clients and colleagues that I have worked with as a freelance medical writer, medical editor and consultant.

I do not write or edit medical manuscripts (peer-review journal articles). Also, I am not a regulatory medical writer.

Although I wrote various journal manuscripts in my early career, I soon realised I loved crafting creative, healthcare promotions and interactive medical education a lot more.