Understanding the MSL role

AXESS provides a summary of  a presentation by Gillian Logan from Takeda about the Medical Science Liaison which was then published in PIPELINE, the magazine for members of the Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association (PIPA).

Key topics in the article include:

  • There has been a 48% increase in the numbers of MSLs over the last 5 years.
  • MSLs are NOT super-sales reps
  • The role is highly varied and challenging
  • Although distinct roles, MSLs and Medical Information teams hare similar responsibilities and activities


PIPA is the professional organisation for individuals in the pharmaceutical industry involved in the provision and management of information. The association was formed in 1974 and now represents over 800 members who work in a variety of pharmaceutical information management roles, such as medical information, pharmacovigilance, scientific research information and business information.

PIPELINE is published four times a year and consultants at AXESS are regular contributors.

 View a pdf of the MSL article