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States in Crisis Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Posted by Rebecca James on Oct 13, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Mississippi and Ohio are two states that have been hit hard by the recent opioid crisis affecting the nation, with over 200,000 Ohioans addicted to opioids.  Mike DeWine, the Attorney General, filed a lawsuit in May of 2017 against 5 separate pharmaceutical companies alleging that the companies “helped unleash a health crisis that has had far-reaching financial, social, and deadly consequences in the state of Ohio”.  This makes Ohio the second state to file suit against pharma companies, with Mississippi the first state.  They allege that the manufacturers knowingly marketed opioids while minimizing the risks of addiction, while simultaneously overstating the benefits.

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Topics: lawsuit, opioid crisis, legal, opioids

Do Benzos Cause More Harm Than Good?

Posted by Rebecca James on Oct 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Benzodiazepines are a commonly prescribed medication for anxiety, seizures, and a myriad of other medical conditions. However, this medication doesn’t come without its faults, of which there are many serious ones. Benzodiazepines such as Ativan and Xanax are potentially addictive after only a short period of time, and are highly sought after by drug addicts and even patients who aren’t psychologically addicted but are physically dependent on the medication. 

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Topics: benzodiazepines, addiction, benzos, harm

Snake Oil and Social Media

Posted by Shelly James on Sep 25, 2017 11:30:00 AM

In 2017, advertising and promoting products is a minefield.  The availability of detailed and extensive information on consumer spending habits provides countless ethical pitfalls that are only magnified when the product in question is a drug.  In the past only magazine ads and TV commercials were utilized for drug advertising, now we have an array of choices that don't always feel like marketing, but more like a conversation with a good friend. 

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Topics: social media, regulation, drug promotion

Not So Nobel Awards

Posted by Shelly James on Sep 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Why do old men have big ears? Can smiling at a crocodile affect your desire to gamble?  And most importantly, can cats act as both a liquid and a solid?

These are the questions that keep us awake at night.  Fortunately, there are scientists working diligently on these puzzles, as well as many other weird and curious questions.  Their efforts have not gone unnoticed, and most recently were celebrated at the 2017 Ig Nobel Awards, a scientific recognition of the strangest and most obscure scientific experiments or studies done in that year. 

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Topics: humor

Personalized Medicine:  The Future of Genetic Testing?

Posted by Shelly James on Sep 18, 2017 1:00:00 PM

You're feeling under the weather, with a cough that just won't go away, so you decide to visit your doctor.  After a few minutes of one-on-one time, with some poking and prodding, you may be walking out of the office with a prescription in hand and on the way to feeling better.  How much more personal does it get? Perhaps not surprisingly, it can get a lot more personal, and it has nothing to do with your doctor, and everything to do with science.

In our current system of medicine, your treatment plan has very little to do with you specifically; most likely it is the exact same treatment your doctor would give to anyone with the same condition.  Medicine today is based on “standards of care,” the most prudent course of prevention or treatment for the general population.  With medication treatment for depression, for example, those standards may mean treatment with an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), followed by a second trial if the first one fails. If the second treatment fails, doctors and patients move on to the next one and the next in a trial and error approach.

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Topics: genetic sequencing,, drug development

AI Innovation in Pharma

Posted by Shelly James on Sep 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Artificial intelligence is more than just a concept for the newest blockbuster movie, it is moving into mainstream science and the pharmaceutical industry as well.  The Korea Pharmaceutical and Bio-pharma Manufacturers Association has recently announced the launch of a team focused on purchasing artificial technology for drug development.  Artificial intelligence computing systems can be used to analyze molecular interactions, and predict drug efficacy and side effects.  The technology can be utilized to guide and optimize clinical trial planning, greatly reducing the timeline for new drug development.

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Exercise Can Prevent Dementia; Why Pharma Companies Should Care

Posted by David Perritt on Aug 11, 2017 11:30:00 AM

 

Alzheimer’s is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory loss and impaired cognition, with as many as 5.4 million Americans living with the disease.  Today Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause for those 65 and older.  The symptoms of Alzheimer's slowly creep into our lives and affect loved ones in profound ways.  Throughout the years, research and medications have helped, hindered and or even prevented some of the serious symptoms, but currently, there is no cure.

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Topics: Pharma and Politics

Cost versus Quality:  Is Manufacturing in India Worth It?

Posted by David Perritt on Jun 5, 2017 1:44:53 PM

Six months into an administration’s promise to curb drug prices, the cost of drug development remains high.  As companies scramble to reduce costs, they are moving manufacturing overseas, enticed by lucrative savings.  The question remains: are drug companies really saving money or are reduced costs in production aligned with quality, timeline and regulation issues?

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Topics: Business

Social Media and Pharma: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted by Shelly James on May 25, 2017 12:46:47 PM

Over the past decade, there has been a huge shift in the way that businesses and consumers use social media.  Society is undergoing rapid and dramatic change, fueled by an exponential rate of technological innovation.  This has an enormous impact on the pharmaceutical industry which is in a unique position to reap the benefits of increased sales, revenue and power by augmenting their technological capital.  One of the most effective methods to leverage this change is using social media, which leads us to the question:

Can social media be a game changer for pharma?

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Topics: Business

5 Reasons Why Your Data Management System is Failing You

Posted by Shelly James on May 18, 2017 11:28:46 AM

 

Pharmaceutical companies are one of the major beneficiaries of emerging technologies.  From innovative ideas for developing new drugs to customer engagement, drug manufacturers are increasingly resorting to cutting edge digital technology to streamline business and improve efficiency.  Nowhere in pharma is the boom in technology more beneficial than in data management, an area where many drug companies struggle to organize and manage massive quantities of information.

As the regulatory landscape increases in complexity, the demand for improved 

data management and analytics will increase as well.  With all the new challenges that these trends create, digital data management is an innovation that pharma companies should have in their toolbox.

Below are the top five reasons that your current data management system is failing your company:

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Topics: Data Management