January, 2022

GSK loses R&D chief Barron to high-powered startup amid investor pressure

Bio Pharma Dive

Hal Barron, a key figure in GSK's efforts to revitalize its drug research, will step down as its top scientist at a time when the company is feeling heat from investors to deliver faster growth

Drug company profiteering

World of DTC Marketing

A cancer medication called Xtandi costs $189,800 per year and was developed with taxpayer dollars. The U.S. government has a responsibility for ending the exclusive patents that give them their profits.


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PDUFA VII: More Changes Coming in the Latest Reauthorization


As we noted in a separate blog post , the forthcoming reauthorization of the FDA’s Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VII) includes several provisions that are expected to help advance cell and gene therapy products, as well as therapies designed to treat rare diseases.

Feelings of fatigue predict death in older adults


PITTSBURGH, Jan. 24, 2022 – How fatigued certain activities make an older person feel can predict the likelihood death is less than three years away, according to research published today in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences by University of Pittsburgh epidemiologists.

2022 Research: The Rapid Rise of Ocean Freight Visibility

Download this a benchmark study from FourKites and The Journal of Commerce exploring how international shippers’ usage of global supply chain visibility technology has evolved since the onset of global disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Yes, We’re Serious — At Intouch, You Decide Where You Work

Intouch Solutions

Recently, LinkedIn shared the results of a biweekly survey of 5,000 U.S. professionals, and most striking, say the folks at the career-networking site, is “how much the pandemic-influenced worksite choices of 2020 have persisted.”

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FDA Publishes Discussion Paper Seeking Feedback on 3D Printing of Medical Devices at the Point of Care

FDA Law Blog

By McKenzie E. Cato — On December 10, 2021, FDA issued a discussion paper titled 3D Printing Medical Devices at the Point of Care seeking feedback on FDA regulatory oversight of various 3D-printing scenarios, in order to inform future policy development.

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Pharma’s outdated hiring practices

World of DTC Marketing

One of the reasons it’s a job-seekers market because candidates today want more from their employers. They want a good work-life balance and want to be valued as a contributor to the success of their company. We live in an instant gratification world.

Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail That Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid

NY Times

For months, the jail’s doctor has promoted the drug, which health experts say should not be used to treat or prevent Covid-19.

New study sheds light on origins of life on Earth


New Brunswick, N.J. 14, 2022) – Addressing one of the most profoundly unanswered questions in biology, a Rutgers-led team has discovered the structures of proteins that may be responsible for the origins of life in the primordial soup of ancient Earth. Credit: Rutgers New Brunswick, N.J.

ililli: How Social Audio is Driving HCP Engagement

Pharma Marketing Network

Talk to me. Pharma brands that want deep engagements need to look at and listen to social audio. It’s not surprising. In fact, it’s the most direct route to your goal. You want to talk to doctors?

An Innovative & Creative Problem Solver Approach to Selling in the Medical Device Space

Speaker: Steve Goldstein, Sales Leader

Currently in sales or involved in a business that depends on strong sales results? Join Steve Goldstein, Sales Success Coach, Motivational Speaker and Medical Device Sales Leader from Gold Selling LLC. You will absorb critical strategies to become a trusted partner in greater sales success.

Revised PhRMA Code Took Effect on January 1, 2022, and Certain State Obligations Follow

FDA Law Blog

By Faraz Siddiqui — Happy New Year! On January 1, 2022, the recently revised version of the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Health Care Professionals went into effect. We summarized the major revisions to the Code in a blog post when it was released in August 2021.

Pfizer expands into gene editing with Beam research deal

Bio Pharma Dive

Pfizer's work with mRNA vaccines led it explore other applications of the technology, resulting in a multi-year partnership with the high-profile biotech Beam Therapeutics on gene editing treatments for rare diseases

The financial toxicity of treating cancer

World of DTC Marketing

(Stat News) Today, a study followed 380 patients being treated at community oncology groups across the U.S. after they were diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. They told the researchers that insurance didn’t protect them from serious money problems.

Martin Shkreli Barred From Drug Industry and Must Repay $64.6 Million

NY Times

A federal judge found that Mr. Shkreli violated state and federal antitrust laws by trying to maintain a monopoly over a lifesaving drug and must pay back the excess profits.

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Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy Template

The federal government is developing a rule requiring employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test weekly before entering the workplace. So, what can your organization do to prepare? Get Paycor’s COVID Vaccination Policy Template to help communicate important details to your employees.

Finally: A comprehensive diagnostic guide to a well-established boxwood disease


For more than 150 years, Volutella blight has been one of the most common diseases of the loved and iconic boxwood plant as well as other plants in the family, including pachysandra and sarcococca. Despite its presence on every continent except Antarctica, the disease can be hard to identify.

Which PCD Products Are The Best To Start A Pharma Franchise?

Fossil Remedies

We know that the PCD Pharma Franchise business is lucrative and profitable. But do we know which PCD products should we pick so that the maximum profitability is ensured? Perhaps no. This blog is an attempt to clarify the concepts about choosing the best products. First, choose the right company.

Vaccine manufacturing campus opens in South Africa

BioPharma Reporter

A new vaccine manufacturing plant has been opened in Cape Town by South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa this week. Upstream Processing

10 clinical trials to watch in the first half of 2022

Bio Pharma Dive

Biotech stocks ended 2021 in a slump. But positive results from eagerly anticipated studies in breast cancer, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease could help turn the sector's fortunes around

A realistic view of healthcare in 2022

World of DTC Marketing

Yes, there will be changes in healthcare in the coming years but put away the thoughts that telehealth and wearable devices will revolutionize healthcare. More and more patients demand a level of service they want with the increased costs of health insurance premiums.

Searching for Pfizer’s Paxlovid Pills When Mom Got Covid

NY Times

The experience showed how hard it is for many people to get potentially lifesaving treatments. Coronavirus Omicron Variant Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Paxlovid (Drug) Telemedicine Molnupiravir (Drug) Drugstores Drugs (Pharmaceuticals

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With $2 million grant, UTA scientist aims to create massive cancer database


University of Texas at Arlington computer scientist Jacob Luber has earned a five-year, $2 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to create a database that contains every publicly available cancer dataset from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Abbott CEO Ford showcases new ‘biowearable’ line at CES

Pharma Phorum

US medical device company Abbott has said it plans to launch a new range of ‘biowearable’ health devices aimed at consumers, in a move that builds on its expertise in glucose monitoring.

NervGen Pharma sets sights on trial for spinal-cord injury treatment

Outsourcing Pharma

The company plans to launch a Phase Ib/II study of its compound NVG-291 in collaboration with researchers at Northwestern Universityâs Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Clinical Development

Allogene cleared by FDA to resume 'off the shelf' cancer cell therapy trials

Bio Pharma Dive

A "chromosomal abnormality" that led regulators to halt Allogene's trials was judged to be unrelated to its technology, a finding with important implications for the field of donor-derived cell therapies

The disdain of big pharma

World of DTC Marketing

Drug companies raised the prices on hundreds of medications on Jan. 1, with most prices up 5% to 6% on average.

Rate of Myocarditis in Vaccinated Boys Slightly Higher Than Thought, Israeli Study Finds

NY Times

Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, occurred in 1 of 12,361 boys between 12 and 15 years old within a week of receiving a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, researchers found.

Machine learning for morphable materials


Flat materials that can morph into three-dimensional shapes have potential applications in architecture, medicine, robotics, space travel, and much more. But programming these shape changes requires complex and time-consuming computations.

Vir Biotechnology and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop vaccinal antibody tech for tackling HIV and malaria

BioPharma Reporter

Vir Biotechnology and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have partnered up to develop broadly neutralizing antibodies designed to provide a âvaccinal effectâ for the treatment of HIV and prevention of malaria. Bio Developments

Applied Virtual Reality in Healthcare: A comprehensive book on medical XR

Pharma Phorum

5 questions facing gene therapy in 2022

Bio Pharma Dive

As record levels of money pour into gene therapy research, biotechs are under increased pressure to address issues related to safety, delivery and overlapping pipelines

Can pharma really leverage social media?

World of DTC Marketing

A Mediabistro survey showed that social networks influence more than 40% of people’s health choices. Tik-Tok, Instagram, and other social media channels may soon be overwhelmed with pharma companies’ content, but is it a good idea?

Melatonin for Sleep: How the Aid Works

NY Times

The “vampire hormone” can act like a dose of sunset, tricking your body into feeling like it’s time to sleep. Quarantine (Life and Culture) Sleep Content Type: Service Melatonin (Hormone) Dreams Insomnia Psychology and Psychologists Anxiety and Stress Sedatives Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Jet Lag

Groundbreaking study uncovers first evidence of long-term directionality in the origination of human mutation, fundamentally challenging Neo-Darwinism


A new study by a team of researchers from Israel and Ghana has brought the first evidence of nonrandom mutation in human genes, challenging a core assumption at the heart of evolutionary theory by showing a long-term directional mutational response to environmental pressure.

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The 2022 Future Forecast for Pharma Marketing

Pharma Marketing Network

Tune in to the Pharma Marketing Network and industry experts Novartis, UCB, GSK and others, for a fireside talk on hot topics around what has changed in the last year and how to align your pharma marketing strategies accordingly. Three Panels: . Engaging Oncologists in 2022.