April, 2021

Positive data in hand, TG Therapeutics readies MS drug for FDA review

Bio Pharma Dive

If approved, TG's drug would join Roche's fast-selling Ocrevus and Novartis' newer entrant Kesimpta as one of a newer class of multiple sclerosis therapies

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COVID-19: Some ignored facts

World of DTC Marketing

QUICK THOUGHT: People believe the COVID-19 vaccine was developed in less than a year but that’s not true. Coronaviruses were first encountered in April 1930, when a strange respiratory disease ravaged poultry farms across North Dakota and Minnesota, killing tens of thousands of baby birds.

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2020 505(b)(2) NDA Approvals: A Year in Review, and What a Year It Was!

Camargo

In 2020, CDER approved 68 NDAs that used the 505(b)(2) pathway, representing important advances in patient care across a wide range of therapeutic areas. 505(b)(2) Drug Improvement Approvals by Year.

Wasps are valuable for ecosystems, economy and human health (just like bees)

Scienmag

Credit: Professor Seirian Sumner, UCL Wasps deserve to be just as highly valued as other insects, like bees, due to their roles as predators, pollinators, and more, according to a new review paper led by UCL and University of East Anglia researchers.

Organizing For The New Normal

Triage Cancer

It's spring. We're starting to emerge from, well, a lot of things. Over the past year, I've heard just about every kind of organizing/decluttering/reordering response to our pandemic isolation and work-from-home shifts.

8 amlodipine alternative drugs for blood pressure

Druggist

Amlodipine is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the UK and the most prescribed high blood pressure ( BP ) medication. When patients are diagnosed with high blood pressure and a drug is recommended, amlodipine may be the first choice, but not always.

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5 takeaways from AACR, one of the year's top meetings on cancer drugs

Bio Pharma Dive

The American Association for Cancer Research's virtual conference featured new data on an emerging immunotherapy target, a new kind of cell therapy and a KRAS reboot

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In the News: March 2021 Regulatory and Development Updates

Camargo

Each month, Camargo’s “In the News” series highlights important changes and advancements in the regulatory and development space and explores how those changes could impact your program. Rare Disease Clinical Trials Most Often Terminated Due to Regulatory and Recruitment Issues.

Learning about system stability from ants

Scienmag

Introducing the 2020-21 HBA Honorable Mentor and STAR Awardees

Pharma Marketing Network

Introducing the recipient of the 2020-21 HBA Honorable Mentor Award, Dr. Rod MacKenzie , Chief Development Officer and EVP, Pfizer and the recipient of the 2020-21 HBA STAR Award, Susan Torroella , Chief Operating Officer, ArmadaHealth. What is the Honorable Mentor Award?

Apixaban vs warfarin: rise of newer anticoagulant

Druggist

Apixaban (Eliquis®) and warfarin are two popular prescription-only drugs classified as anticoagulants, commonly known as blood thinners. Warfarin has been used as an anticoagulant for a very long time.

The next 2 months in biotech and pharma will be busy. Here's what to watch.

Bio Pharma Dive

New developments could come soon for two coronavirus vaccines while, a bit further off, the fate of Biogen's Alzheimer's drug hangs in the balance. Important data are expected, too, for Vertex and Sarepta

Reaching HCPs online

World of DTC Marketing

QUICK READ: Recent research from Zoom Rx saying that digital interactions with HCPs are myopic and don’t apply to the heavily segmented HCP audience. The future of reaching HCPS is both on and off-line depending on the product, health condition, and specialty.

Development of Oncology Therapies – Tips from the FDA to Drive Success

Camargo

Cancer is not a single disease, but rather hundreds of different diseases. Thus, there will never be a single cure to cancer.

HIV has been had

Scienmag

Credit: Department of Medicinal Chemistry, TMDU Tokyo, Japan – A team of scientists led by the Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) have created novel molecules that prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) particles from attacking immune cells.

Protected: Health Psychology – the Solution to First Fill Abandonment?

Pharma Marketing Network

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Best throat numbing lozenges | Get rid of sore throat

Druggist

For many customers, throat numbing lozenges are the first choice in the management of sore and irritated throat. Throat numbing lozenges contain a local anaesthetic which numbs the area and hence help with pain and irritation.

CDC panel delays decision on J&J vaccine, extending pause over rare side effect

Bio Pharma Dive

Advisers to the agency agreed to wait for more data before recommending new guidance, but aim to reconvene quickly to decide on whether vaccinations with J&J's should be resumed, and for whom

Social media and prescription drugs: A study

World of DTC Marketing

QUICK READ: A two-month analysis of social media and prescription drugs found the number one reason online health seekers use social media is to share and ask questions about medication side effects. I also found an abundance of medication misinformation based on personal experiences and hearsay.

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Using PK Modeling and Simulation to Plan Studies for Pediatric Patient Populations

Camargo

Conducting a clinical study in a pediatric patient population requires careful planning, as providing a benefit to a child without causing harm is a weighty responsibility.

From pollutant to resource: WVU scientists push rare earth element technologies closer to production

Scienmag

Credit: WVU Water researchers at West Virginia University hope to turn a pollutant – acid mine drainage – into a technological resource through the continuation of a $2.1 million contract from the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Plant-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate starts rolling review with Health Canada

BioPharma Reporter

Medicago has started a rolling submission with Health Canada for its plant-derived adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine candidate: championing a unique and versatile platform that can also be scaled up easily. Bio Developments

University of Oxford-Novavax Malaria Vaccine Demonstrates 77% Efficacy in Children

BioSpace

The same group at the University of Oxford and the Jenner Institute that developed the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine reported that their investigational malaria vaccine, R21/Matrix-M, demonstrated 77% efficacy in children over 12 months of follow-up

US calls for pause in J&J coronavirus vaccine rollout after rare blood clotting cases

Bio Pharma Dive

The FDA and CDC recommended halting vaccinations while they investigate six cases of unusual blood clots in women given the company's shot

DTC marketing is an oxymoron

World of DTC Marketing

QUICK READ: More TV DTC spots are airing, but DTC marketers are losing the battle between awareness and conversion because of all the noise online. Product websites are stagnant, and online health seekers are going elsewhere to learn about your medication’s side effects and cost.

Millions Are Skipping Their Second Doses of Covid Vaccines

NY Times

Nearly 8 percent of those who got initial Pfizer or Moderna shots missed their second doses. State officials want to prevent the numbers from rising.

University of Tartu scientists develop materials for future fusion reactor

Scienmag

Credit: Wikipedia.org The energy source of the Sun and other stars is determined by the fusion reaction between two hydrogen nuclei. Imitating this process in a reactor would enable to produce so much energy that satisfy the world’s energy needs forever.

Moderna to take mRNA flu and HIV vaccines into Phase 1 trials this year

BioPharma Reporter

Moderna will take mRNA flu and HIV vaccines into Phase 1 trials this year, as well as beginning a pivotal Phase 3 study for its cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine candidate. Bio Developments

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Death, Disability Among Side Effects of Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines, Leaked Documents Reveal

BioSpace

Leaked documents from provincial and municipal governments in China reveal a slew of previously unreported severe adverse events related to COVID-19 vaccines made and administered in China

Lilly asks FDA to revoke clearance of first COVID-19 antibody drug

Bio Pharma Dive

The request comes less than six months after the FDA authorized Lilly's bamlanivimab, reflecting the spread of virus variants that can elude the drug

Pharma Tuesday Stuff

World of DTC Marketing

QUICK READ: Here are some recent stories that you should all be aware of. Last month I hit 80,000 readers when accounting for email, social media, and direct traffic. I love the industry, and although I want to see some changes, I know there are many good people trying every day to make it happen.

GDPR represents an “urgent threat” to the EU’s research leadership role

Pharma Phorum

More than 5,000 collaborative studies were thwarted by GDPR rules in 2019 – but is there a way to protect sensitive data while still allowing international health research to thrive? .

Japanese-European research team discovers novel genetic mitochondrial disorder

Scienmag

Team of Japanese and European scientists identify a novel genetic mitochondrial disorder by analyzing DNA samples from three distinct families Credit: Fujita Health University DNA ligase proteins, which facilitate the formation of bonds between separate strands of DNA, play critical roles in the replication and maintenance of DNA.

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Best Lacri-Lube alternative eye ointments

Druggist

Lacri-lube has been out of stock for months. Still, after all this time, some patients get repeat prescriptions issued with Laci-Lube on it.

mRNA Tech Used in COVID-19 Vaccines Could be Used to Cure HIV, Cancer and More

BioSpace

Researchers are leveraging the messenger RNA (mRNA) technology used to develop the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for possible treatments for a range of other diseases, including HIV and cancer

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Sanofi buys an mRNA startup in another bet on 'off-the-shelf' cell therapy

Bio Pharma Dive

Tidal Therapeutics is the second biotech developing more convenient cell therapies that the French pharma has recently acquired, part of a broader expansion in oncology

Pharma agency challenges and opportunities

World of DTC Marketing

QUICK READ: According to Setup 30% of Brand marketers say they’re likely/somewhat likely to switch Agencies in the next 6 months. While the consolidation of agencies may be a priority for some pharma companies a good digital agency can add a lot of value.