June, 2022

Pfizer study results show Paxlovid benefit less clear in lower-risk patients

Bio Pharma Dive

A closely watched study missed its goal, failing to prove the antiviral pill’s benefit in a broader population than the high-risk individuals for which it’s currently cleared

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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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.

Fostering Patient Engagement with Portals

Pharmaceutical Commerce

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

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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.

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.

Pharma under the microscope as FTC considers new ways to review acquisitions

Bio Pharma Dive

At a two-day meeting, experts argued drug divestitures may not be enough to prevent market concentration. Economists and regulators also appeared worried by the effect of buyouts on innovation

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.

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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A Comprehensive Guide to Atopic Dermatitis

Olympian Clinical Research

Atopic dermatitis is a form of eczema and is the most common chronic inflammatory skin disease. While this condition is often seen in children, around 16.5 million Americans suffer from this itchy skin condition.

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

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.

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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New Study: COVID-19 May Cause or Accelerate Neurological Diseases

BioSpace

Danish researchers published a study suggesting that COVID-19 increases the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

Could virtual reality become an essential tool for healthcare education?

Pharma Phorum

The technology behind virtual reality is rapidly advancing, allowing developers to create entire 3D hospitals for training purposes. In this article, Ben Hargreaves looks at how VR headsets are being used to better educate both healthcare professionals and the general public.

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FDA panel backs Bluebird gene therapy despite safety risks

Bio Pharma Dive

Advisers to the agency voted 15-0 in support of the rare disease treatment eli-cel, which was linked to a bone marrow cancer in three study participants

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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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.

Moderna takes mRNA influenza candidate into Phase 3 trials

BioPharma Reporter

Moderna has dosed the first participants in a Phase 3 study of the companyâs seasonal influenza vaccine candidate, mRNA-1010. Bio Developments

Digital therapeutics gaining traction in the market

Pharma Phorum

Digital health funding has grown exponentially over the last few years and fuelled significant investment. Payers, healthcare professionals (HCPs) and patients recognise the positive impact these digital tools can have either standalone or in conjunction with therapeutic intervention.

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

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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Co-existing mangrove-coral habitats have a new global classification system

Scienmag

On any given day between 2016 and 2019, Heather Stewart could be found snorkeling in between mangroves in the Bocas del Toro archipelago along Panama’s Caribbean coast.

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Monkeypox: The vaccine landscape

BioPharma Reporter

Interest in vaccines against monkeypox is growing as the outbreak spreads around the world. The arsenal includes existing smallpox vaccines and potential new monkeypox specific mRNA vaccines. Bio Developments