It doesn't matter whether funding comes from a dedicated budget or from RD. The trend is to remove funding from commercial ties to better comply with new industry trends. Some companies still rely on marketing or commercial ops for funding, but transition takes awhile, especially with larger companies.
Without a doubt, medical affairs departments are struggling to maintain their strategic impact amid regulatory changes and the introduction of new industry guidelines. With the OIG guidance and the potential effects of Medicare Part D, medical affairs departments have turned to globalization to implement standards of practice across all their organizations.