These days, there’s a blog for literally everything. Want to learn how to cook foods seen in Anime cartoons? There’s a blog for that. Looking to get into ostrich farming? There’s a blog for that, too. And, of course, blogs abound for more mainstream topics—like medical and pharmaceutical sales. Still, the question always follows, are they worth reading?
When you’re in a busy career in these industries, your time is valuable. Here are six blogs worth taking the time to check out for tips, news, best practices, and a bit of camaraderie with others in your position. (And don’t forget, when you’re looking for ways to work smarter, not harder, CaterSquad can always streamline your day by tackling your catering orders!)
John Mack (also known as Pharmaguy), owner of a pharmaceutical publishing company, started the Pharma Marketing Newsletter back in 2002 in an attempt to encourage discussion among pharma reps. Since then, he’s taken his insights online in the form of the Pharma Marketing Network. The site’s blog explores new trends in pharmaceutical marketing, highlights useful conference presentations, and even addresses work-life balance issues.
2. Chemical and Engineering News: Pharmaceuticals
Want a deeper dive into the latest biologics, nanomedicines, and gene therapies? Chemical and Engineering News’ Pharmaceuticals section offers timely news on specific drug categories, keeping you up to date with the latest developments. The news briefs are short and sweet, too, so you won’t spend hours sifting through information.
FiercePharma is your one-stop-shop for all things pharmaceutical sales. From marketing news to manufacturing updates to virtual networking events, you’ll find it all here. “Our aim is to analyze the day's news, showing readers not only what they need to know, but why they need to know it,” reads the company’s “About” statement. Check this one regularly to be the first to know what’s happening in the industry.
As a medical or pharma rep, you can probably attest to the fact that your work is driven by human connection. InformaConnect, formerly known as ePharma, showcases all sorts of live and virtual events that help reps establish relationships with each other, as well as learn about what’s happening in the industry around the world. In the Covid-19 era, when networking is harder than ever, this is a great place to turn for resources.
Are you in the medical device niche? This one’s for you! MassDevice is the online journal of the medical device industry, providing all the coverage you need of innovative, life-saving technologies. Blog posts report on the latest news about the devices themselves, as well as important developments within specific companies. Follow the company’s podcast, DeviceTalks, for even more real-world insight from industry experts.
For a more personal take, check out David Chou’s blog. Having held roles at various large medical institutions, such as the Cleveland Clinic and Children’s Mercy Hospital, Chou has plenty of experience with the ins and outs of medical technology. His insider’s view allows him to create helpful posts like How to Sell to a CIO During a Pandemic and how healthcare providers are creating new partnerships for medical products and services.