Univadis is committed to delivering impartial and accurate health information to meet the needs of healthcare professionals (HCPs) around the globe. Our professional editorial staff is responsible for the curation, creation, and maintenance of the content presented on our Web sites, mobile applications, and messages sent to our users via email or other media. Our goal is to continually discover the best means to help solve medical information overload and provide a unique resource for HCPs to remain current in medicine and continually improve their practice.
Univadis is owned and operated by Aptus Health — a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. of Kenilworth, NJ, USA (“MSD”). Aptus Health maintains its own independent editorial process, business and financial operations, and governance, including independent officers, board of directors, and audit and compliance committees. Aptus Health maintains full confidentiality and information segregation from MSD.
Our sites and apps may carry advertising. Advertising content and sponsorships on our Web sites, mobile applications, and emails are clearly delineated from editorial content. Univadis content is independent of and never influenced by our advertisers. This policy of editorial independence is strictly enforced by our professional editorial staff and our editorial advisory board, to safeguard our content objectivity, accuracy, and balance. The work of the editorial staff is kept separate from the influence of sponsors and advertisers.
All of the editorial and advertising content within Univadis Web and mobile applications and messages is targeted strictly to healthcare professionals, and never to healthcare consumers.
Governance of this policy
Final decisions on editorial content are made by the VP Univadis Strategy in compliance with this Editorial Policy, which is annually reviewed and approved by the Univadis Advisory Board. Any changes to the Editorial Policy must be approved by CEO or President, Provider Division, Aptus Health.
As part of the governance of Univadis, an Advisory Board provides oversight and guidance on non-commercial medical, scientific, technological and educational content. The Advisory Board comprises HCPs from various specialties and countries. All applicable anti-corruption laws and anti-kickback laws, including the U. S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other such laws of any country in which Aptus Health does business or Univadis is available, must be followed.
Current advisory board members include:
• Antonio Vaz Carneiro, MD, PhD, FACP, FESC (Chair). Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon (FMUL)
• Mark Freeman, MD, MRCP (UK). Consultant in General Medicine, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Dewsbury & District Hospital
• Jessica Hirschel, MD. University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine
Advisory Board members are nominated based on local country business recommendations or are physicians / HCPs that have served as resources on other Univadis projects. Nominees may also be recommended by existing or past Advisory Board members. Members who are nominated or selected by local business owners must be reviewed and approved by Aptus Health.
To be eligible for nomination to the Advisory Board, the HCP must have an interest and expertise in medical online communications, be active in his/her field of practice, and be fluent in English.
Advisory Board Members cannot concurrently serve
• In any other engagement in which Aptus Health, MSD, or any other pharmaceutical company seeks advice related to product promotion, product portfolios or any other pharmaceutical-related commercial activities. Advisory Board Members may serve as investigators, expert speakers, or medical experts for general consultation.
• As an employee of an organization that is a content provider for the Univadis service or other content offering of Aptus Health.
Each appointment to the Advisory Board is for a 2-year term (in accordance with country laws and regulations), with the possibility of a 1-term reappointment at the discretion of Aptus Health, dependent upon the member’s effectiveness and contributions.
The Advisory Board does not have mandatory in-person meetings. Members are expected to do work independently in order to support the efforts of Aptus Health’s Univadis content team, as well as to assist with any content projects for the local Univadis teams, in accordance with the terms of their engagement.
TYPES OF EDITORIAL CONTENT
Our editorial content is selected and developed to support the Univadis mission of being the essential resource for healthcare professionals. All content we deliver—whether licensed or original—is included based on its suitability for this purpose.
Aside from market research into individual content areas, as described in the sections below, Univadis consults with our Advisory Board to help assess the overall suitability and direction of our content offerings.
Third-party editorial content
We license content from some of the most respected and established names in medical publishing. This third-party editorial content is obtained from companies who share editorial standards compatible with our own.
Our selection of third-party content partners is based on several key factors:
• Demand for this content from worldwide healthcare professionals, based on surveys of medical professionals, market research, assessment of journal impact factor, and direct conversations with our users and independent medical advisors
• Our own assessment of a provider’s content quality
• Our own assessment of a provider’s editorial policy, including editorial independence from commercial influence and clearly identifying sponsored and commercial content
• Observation of content consumption by our users on our Web sites and mobile apps
Third party content is generally rigorously peer-reviewed by the original publisher. Additionally, subsequent to the selection process employed to include a publisher in our content stream, publisher content is periodically spot-checked by our in-house staff to maintain active quality controls.
We actively monitor the value of third-party content through user engagement metrics and satisfaction surveys.
Original editorial content
Our editorial staff includes medical professionals—physicians, pharmacists, nurses and physician assistants—as well as experienced staff and freelance scientific and medical journalists. This team is responsible for creating original editorial content using the same process to ensure independence and appropriateness that we employ when selecting publishers.
All original content is based on sources of the highest quality and reliability, including peer- reviewed medical journals, trusted medical textbooks, government health agencies, and recognized experts.
Any original content we present based on original research or expert recommendation will clearly disclose the author who has prepared the content. All such authors are required to complete a standard document that requires disclosure of any affiliations or financial relationships that may represent a conflict of interest. Any significant conflicts will be disclosed alongside the affect piece of content.
Examples of our original editorial content include:
• Reference content:
- Drug database: based on government approved labelling
- Calculators: based on original sources in peer-reviewed publications
- Guideline summaries: based on current evidence-based guidelines
- Medical quiz: interactive reviews of key medical content based on trusted reference material
• News summaries
- Capsule summaries based on the latest publications in peer-reviewed journals
- Expert reviews of key publications from the prior month, authored by relevant experts
- Video modules presented by experts, and developed with input from experts, reviewing conditions and treatments important to our audience
- Interactive eLearning modules
Third-party partners who supply editorial content are responsible for setting appropriate validity and expiration of their content and providing content updates when applicable.
Original content is actively managed by our content staff and set for expiration or update at regular intervals.