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FDA's Jean-ah Kang Says Google Black Box Ad Format is OK. But Is It "Patient-Centric?"

Jean-ah Kang, Special Assitant to the Director Tom Abrams), Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP), FDA, has "officially" said that Google's Black Box Ad Format was "OK" as long as it was one click away from the package insert (PI). Show More Summary

The Case of Northwest Biotherapeutics

There have been a lot of strong words exchanged about Northwest Biotherapeutics (NWBO), a small Maryland-based company developing a brain cancer vaccine. Over at Fierce Biotech, they're wondering why this program was picked by the UK...Show More Summary

2014 Chemistry Nobel Predictions

Well, we're getting close to the Nobel season, so it's time for the yearly "Who's going to win?" post. According to Thomson Reuters, some favorites are Tan/van Slyke for organic light-emitting diodes, Moad/Rizzardo/Thang for RAFT polymerization, and Kresge/Ryoo/Stucky for mesoporous materials. Show More Summary

Correcting Misinformation: Eliminate the "Influence Prong," Says Pharma Industry

"It is difficult to envision a scenario in which a manufacturer’s participation in an interactive online or social media forum would not meet the low bar established by the Draft Guidance," says the Medical Information Working GroupShow More Summary

Government Pricing and Reporting Compliance

Government Pricing and Reporting ComplianceDecember 8-9, 2014Philadelphia, As bio/pharmaceutical manufacturers struggle with a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape and heavy government scrutiny on price...Show More Summary

"Wikipedia is an Insane Place" - Pharma Should Be Wary About Correcting "Misinformation"

I've just finished reading the comments submitted to the docket regarding FDA's recent draft guidelines for correcting third-party "misinformation" on Internet/social media platforms such as Wikipedia. The comment submitted by Eric Barbour,...Show More Summary

The Deadly Stupidities Around Ebola

It's not all that often that you can say "Now this is a person who's going to get people killed". But I'm willing to say that about Cyril Broderick of Delaware State. He's Liberian-born, and has written an article for a newspaper inShow More Summary

Weekly Roundup 9.26.14

I bring you the Weekly Roundup today from Cape Cod where there is a lovely sense of autumn in the air, but blue skies and lovely shoreline allowing us to still remember the summer’s most pleasant days. And here is … Continue reading...

PAINS Go Mainstream

Well, I'm back in the Eastern Time Zone after flying in from Basel (and Amsterdam) yesterday. And the first thing I wanted to mention was this article from Jonathan Baell and Michael Walters inNature, on the PAINS compounds. It's good...Show More Summary

Drug reps shift focus away from Doctors onto Administrators to Get on 'Formulary' -WSJ

SAN DIEGO—Kendall French used to pitch drugs to doctors who could prescribe them.But many of those doctors now work for hospitals that don't give them final say over what is on the menu of medicines they can pick. So when the GlaxoSmithKline...Show More Summary

A $56.5. Million Settlement for Adderall False Claims - NYT

The Justice Department said on Wednesday that the European drug maker Shire had agreed to pay $56.5 million to settle accusations of making false claims in the marketing of its attention deficit disorder drug Adderall XR and other medicines. Show More Summary

En Route

Traveling today, so no time for a blog entry. More science and stuff tomorrow, though!

Luc Montagnier Makes His Case in Paris

Well, if you're in Paris next month and want to see some scientific (or perhaps not so scientific?) fireworks at a seminar, here's the event to attend. UNESCO is holding a symposium on the work of Luc Montagnier on his "water memory" studies. Show More Summary

Drug Industry Slams FDA's Social Media Guidelines: Part 1 (Social Media Platforms with Character Space Limitations)

Ever since the epic #FAIL of FDA's webinar that was meant to explain its recent social media guidelines, the agency has been the butt of jokes here on Pharma Marketing Blog and also behind pharma industry closed doors. In particular,...Show More Summary

See You in Court? Not Likely

There had been talk of some sort of trouble brewing via PubPeer, the open-source post-publication review site, and this appears to be it. There's more on the issue at Science: Farzul Sarkar at Wayne State is suing, if he can find the...Show More Summary

Buy-and-Bill’s Still Alive: The Surprising Uptick in Part B Spending

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent agency that advises Congress on the Medicare program, recently released Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program, its latest, 200+ page wonktastic data dump. Chapter...Show More Summary

Don't Follow FDA Guidance on Use of Google Adword Site Links

In case you haven't realized it yet, the FDA is not very well-versed in the intricacies of new media, which may be why it took the agency so long to deliver guidelines for pharma's use of social media (see the PharmaGuy Social MediaShow More Summary

Thoughts on Fragment-Based Drug Discovery

I've been enjoying the FBLD fragment conference in Basel. There have been many good talks, and it's been instructive to talk shop with people as well. Some things that various participants (and I) have noted: (1) There are a lot of industry people here, from all over. Show More Summary

NEW: 2014-15 Economic Report on Pharmaceutical Wholesalers and Specialty Distributors

I am pleased to announce the availability of our latest report: The 2014–15 Economic Report on Pharmaceutical Wholesalers and Specialty Distributors. We’re offering special discounts if you order before October 10, 2014.This completely...Show More Summary

Seaborgium hexacarbonyl

If you want to really push the frontiers of analytical chemistry, try making compounds of the superheavy elements. Science is reporting the characterization of seaborgium hexacarbonyl, which gives us all a chance to use Sg in an empirical formula. Show More Summary

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