Shire Global Safety Lead in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Global Safety Lead

Sr. Medical Director

The Senior Medical Director is a senior drug safety expert for assigned products; maintains current knowledge of full product portfolio, monitors the safety profiles for assigned products and development compounds, and mentors junior physicians and scientists.

He/she is responsible for safety surveillance, risk management, and risk communication for assigned development and marketed products as well as medical assessment of individual adverse event reports, generation, and review of aggregate reports and safety documents, including labeling changes.

Works with the Therapeutic Area Head to develop the strategic roadmap for managing the safety of assigned products and development compounds. Participate in due diligence activities and special projects as might be needed

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for appropriate review of all safety data from various sources (e.g. pre-clinical, clinical trial data, post-marketing, literature) throughout the development process as well as post marketing for assigned products and development compounds

  • Responsible for the conducting signal detection activities, monitoring, evaluation, interpretation and appropriate management and communication of safety information

  • Leadership of the Safety Review Teams for assigned products and development compounds, and responsible for the management of ongoing and cross functional assessment of benefit risk profiles and related actions, including writing and updating of the benefit-risk documents for assigned products and development compounds

  • Provides medical expert safety review input into all critical documents for clinical development of products (e.g., protocols and amendments, ICFs, IBs, IMPDs, clinical research reports, INDs, CTAs)

  • Works with the Therapeutic Area Head to develop the strategy and implementation of safety and benefit-risk management for assigned products.

  • Responsible for key content of Risk Management documents (RMPs, REMS).

  • Provide input into and support the writing of periodic reports for assigned products; provide medical interpretation, review and approval for required reports

  • Share Drug Safety and medical expertise with global counterparts in other functional areas such as Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, Medical Affairs, Marketing, Manufacturing, and Legal.

  • Provide expert safety input to the clinical development program for assigned products and development compounds

  • Responsible for adequate and up to date representation of safety information in Company Core Data Sheet and Investigator Brochure, and other labeling documents

  • Ensure, in collaboration with Regulatory Affairs labeling team an accurate representation and communication of the safety profile of assigned products and development compounds

  • Responsible for responses to inquiries from regulatory authorities on safety issues

  • Provide integrated safety input into all regulatory documents where required

  • Perform thorough assessment of safety profiles for Due Diligence project

  • Provide Drug Safety input for product recall issues or Health Hazard Evaluations and Dear Healthcare Professional letters

  • Perform the medical review of all adverse event reports for seriousness, expectedness and causality

  • Assist Scientists with medical opinion on obtaining follow-up information for individual cases.

  • Participate in review of scientific literature: identify case reports that meet criteria for entry into the safety database; identify relevant safety articles / references involving the active ingredients of marketed products and products in development; and create literature summary sections to be included in PSURs and other required reports.

  • Represent Global Drug Safety in leadership committees and activities both internally and externally when appropriate.

  • Ensure communication of all safety issues that may impact the benefit-risk profile of assigned products/development compounds to Senior GDS management including making presentations to the Independent Safety Review Committee

  • Actively participating in Risk Management Committees and Safety Review Committees. Provide appropriate medical input to clinical team decisions.

  • Communicating effectively on product issues and proposes solutions to senior management and the Office of the EU Qualified Person.

  • Developing and maintains strong relationships within assigned therapeutic areas with other stakeholders including Clinical Development Teams, Regulatory Affairs, Licensing and Marketing to better understand and fully support business objectives.

  • Proactively mentoring junior physicians and scientists.

  • Participates in activities related to for inspection readiness as it pertains to assigned products and audit of clinical studies for assigned development compounds

  • Maintaining therapeutic area knowledge and ongoing assessment of therapeutic area, competitive drugs and therapies. Responsible for the safety strategy during drug development, develop and maintain Risk Management Plans, recognize and manage safety signals, ensure the appropriateness of user information with respect to safety and significantly contributed to the global knowledge and understanding of the safety of assigned products.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry within Drug safety/Pharmacovigilance with both investigational and marketed products

  • At least 5 years of experience with aggregate reporting, safety surveillance, signal management and/or Risk Management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of Clinical Patient Care experience preferred

  • Previous experience in bioscience preferred

  • Product defense before a national or international regulatory authority a plus

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat

  • Analytical and problem solving skills

  • Oral and written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Presenting drug safety topics for regulatory authorities or at conventions, meetings, etc.

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