June, 2022

FDA advisers recommend Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for youngest children

Bio Pharma Dive

Independent experts unanimously supported use of both shots in children aged 6 months to 5 years old, clearing the way for an FDA decision

Digital health is overrated but there is a future

World of DTC Marketing

The continued emphasis on digital health is overrated but digital health will become an integral part of total patient care. To become a vital part of patient care, digital health providers need to provide the medical community with studies that show their value to patient outcomes.

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A Cancer Trial’s Unexpected Result: Remission in Every Patient

NY Times

The study was small, and experts say it needs to be replicated. But for 18 people with rectal cancer, the outcome led to “happy tears.”.

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EC grants approval for Kite’s cell therapy to treat follicular lymphoma

Pharmaceutical Technology

The European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorisation for Gilead Sciences’ subsidiary Kite’s CAR T-cell therapy, Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel), to treat adults with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma (FL). .

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.

Ultra-thin film creates vivid 3D images with large field of view

Scienmag

WASHINGTON — Researchers have developed a new ultra-thin film that can create detailed 3D images viewable under normal illumination without any special reading devices. The images appear to float on top of the film and exhibit smooth parallax, which means they can be clearly viewed from all angles.

Controlling Diabetes: Advances & Adherence

Pharmaceutical Commerce

Proper control of type 1 and 2 diabetes can greatly reduce the personal impact and economic burden of this pervasive public health condition.

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Prediabetes numbers shocking

World of DTC Marketing

Approximately 96 million American adults—more than 1 in 3 —have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, more than 80% don’t know they have it. Prediabetes increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke ( Source: CDC).

When Abortion Pills Were Banned in Brazil, Women Turned to Drug Traffickers

NY Times

With Roe v. Wade overturned, states banning abortion are looking to prevent the distribution of abortion medication. Brazil shows the possible consequences. Abortion Telemedicine Abortion Drugs Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Women and Girls Brazil your-feed-healthcare

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AI hiring levels in the pharmaceutical industry rose in May 2022

Pharmaceutical Technology

The proportion of pharmaceutical companies hiring for AI related positions kept relatively steady in May 2022 compared with the equivalent month last year, with 39.3% of the companies included in our analysis recruiting for at least one such position.

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Machine learning predicts oral cancer risk

Scienmag

The Interactive Talk presentation, “Predicting Oral Cancer Risk using Machine Learning”, will take place on Saturday, June 25th, 2022 at 2 p.m. China Standard Time (UTC+08:00) during the “e-Oral Health Network I” session.

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.

Fostering Patient Engagement with Portals

Pharmaceutical Commerce

Six engagement tips for companies to consider to improve patient use of portals.

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Vertex, CRISPR strengthen case for pioneering gene-editing treatment

Bio Pharma Dive

Positive data from 75 patients with either sickle cell disease or beta thalassemia keep the companies’ therapy on track to become the first CRISPR-based treatment submitted to drug regulators, possibly by the end of the year

Social Media is dangerous for patients

World of DTC Marketing

Suppose you’re on Facebook or Instagram, and Meta has determined you may be interested in cancer treatments.

F.D.A. Approves Alopecia Drug That Restores Hair Growth in Many Patients

NY Times

The drug, made by Eli Lilly, is already used for rheumatoid arthritis, and could be followed by two more drugs from other companies. your-feed-science Alopecia Areata Eli Lilly and Company Food and Drug Administration Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) New England Journal of Medicine Hair

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.

Enabling the next wave of innovative drug therapies with speciality enzymes

Pharmaceutical Technology

Approximately 75,000 enzymes are thought to exist in the human body as vital catalysts for biochemical reactions or conversions. For hundreds of years, we have found myriad uses for microbial enzymes in manufacturing – from food, drink, and household products to a range of industrial applications.

Opioid use disorder: Flexible treatment at home proves effective

Scienmag

Did you know that more than 26,500 Canadians died from opioid intoxication between January 2016 and September 2021? Or that more than 350,000 people who used drugs containing opioids to relieve their pain did so problematically?

Overcoming Supply Chain Crises with Digitization

Pharmaceutical Commerce

Amy Shortman outlines some ways visibility technology is solving problems at a time when it’s needed most, and how digitization is the key to overcoming supply chain crises.

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Bristol Myers' autoimmune drug shows potential in lupus

Bio Pharma Dive

Positive Phase 2 results could help boost company executives' arguments that the drug, called deucravacitinib and under FDA review in psoriasis, will become a top-seller

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Disruption in healthcare is coming

World of DTC Marketing

Advanced economies typically spend about 10% of GDP on keeping their citizens in good health, a share that is rising as populations age. America’s profit-riddled healthcare-industrial complex consumes 17% of GDP, equivalent to $3.6trn a year. That is unsustainable.

Pfizer Vaccine Effective in Children Under 5, the F.D.A. Says

NY Times

Outside experts will make their recommendations this week on how the agency should rule on applications from Pfizer and Moderna to vaccinate the nation’s youngest children.

Terumo and GenCure sign agreement for cell and gene therapies

Pharmaceutical Technology

Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies and BioBridge Global subsidiary, GenCure, have entered a new partnership agreement to expand and integrate cell and gene therapy manufacturing solutions.

Good Doc, Bad Doc: Supreme Court Finds Prescriber Knowledge Counts

FDA Law Blog

By John A. Gilbert & Karla L. Palmer — On June 27, 2022, in one of the last opinions issued during its current term, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court (six justices) issued a noteworthy opinion on criminal liability related to prescribers of controlled substances.

New hybrid machine learning forecasts lake ecosystem responses to climate change

Scienmag

Throughout the middle of the 20th century, phosphorus inputs from detergents and fertilizers degraded the water quality of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva, spurring officials to take action to remediate pollution in the 1970s.

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Roche Alzheimer's study fails in another setback to a long-tested hypothesis

Bio Pharma Dive

The failure is an upset not only to Roche, but also a blow to the wider Alzheimer’s research field, which has for years kept focus on a protein called beta amyloid

Insurance companies putting profits ahead of patients

World of DTC Marketing

Five of America’s largest health insurers reported more than $11bn in profits in the second quarter – a decline from the same period last year when the Covid-19 pandemic helped drive sky-high profits yet they are having more of a say on patients’ treatments even when HCPs disagree.

Women on Why They’re Stocking Up on the Morning-After Pill

NY Times

Sales of the emergency contraceptive surged after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v.

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Astellas and Sutro partner to develop immunostimulatory ADCs

Pharmaceutical Technology

Astellas Pharma and Sutro Biopharma have entered a global, strategic partnership and licencing agreement to discover and develop new immunostimulatory antibody-drug conjugates (iADCs).

Key Tips for Health Insurance Appeals

Triage Cancer

We’re sharing some key tips to help you receive the care you need if your health insurance company denies coverage for your medical care.

Famous Sterkfontein Caves deposit 1 million years older than previously thought

Scienmag

Fossils found at the Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa reveal nearly four million years of hominin and environmental evolution.

ASCO 2022: Gilead's tough weekend, bispecific progress and 'gamma delta' cell therapy

Bio Pharma Dive

The biotech's highly anticipated breast cancer data were upstaged by a rival, while presentations from Roche, J&J and Adicet Bio highlighted emerging alternatives to CAR-T treatment

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Uniqueness if pharma DTC

World of DTC Marketing

Pharma DTC marketing is unique, and drug marketers need to think more about the journey from awareness to requesting an Rx. In addition, the patient journey is different for each product category and audience. Some will lead to more online research, while others may not.

Abortion Pills Take the Spotlight as States Impose Abortion Bans

NY Times

Demand for medication abortion is surging, setting the stage for new legal battles. your-feed-science Abortion States (US) Telemedicine Abortion Drugs Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Food and Drug Administration Becerra, Xavier Garland, Merrick B your-feed-healthcare

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WHO’s new hepatitis C guidelines a step forward in reaching those in need

Pharmaceutical Technology

Last Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched updated guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C , calling for testing and treatment to be delivered in peripheral and community-based facilities and integrating these with available care services.

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FDA Can’t Always Get What It Wants…So It Asks Congress

FDA Law Blog

By Jeffrey N. Gibbs & Sara W. Koblitz — As the User Fee Acts move through Congress, it has been clear that FDA is using them as a vehicle to legislatively overturn some big court losses over the last few years.