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FDA authorizes J&J's one-shot coronavirus vaccine

Bio Pharma Dive

The agency's emergency clearance makes J&J's vaccine the third available in the U.S., adding much-needed reinforcements at a critical time

The true cost of COVID-19?

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: COVID-19 has killed many people worldwide, but how many really died from COVID, and how many died because they had an underlying chronic health problem as a major factor? We may never know, but we can not afford to do anything while our population becomes more obese and unhealthy.

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VirTrial Launches eConsent Solution as Stand-Alone Offering or Bundled With Its Telemedicine Platform

VirTrial

Scottsdale, AZ (March 2, 2021) – VirTrial today announced the general availability of SmartSignals eConsent, a PDF-based, clinical trial consent solution offering rapid implementation and a flexible, scalable, and lightweight design.

Johnson & Johnson Will Test its Vaccine in Infants

NY Times

The company’s coming trials will also involve pregnant women and people whose immune systems are compromised. internal-essential Children and Childhood Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Immune System Clinical Trials Vaccination and Immunization Babies and Infants Johnson & Johnson

Rivals J&J, Merck are latest to team up to boost production of coronavirus vaccines

Bio Pharma Dive

Merck will lend J&J the use of two separate facilities in the unusual agreement, which was brokered by the Biden administration and could help double supply of the one-dose shot

As pharma abandons the antibiotic market patients are at risk

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: According to Pew Internet “Despite antibiotics’ vital role in cancer care, companies have abandoned their development in favor of more profitable drugs.

Disney characters will lend a hand to kids during MRI scans

Pharma Phorum

Radiologists in Europe could soon have help keeping children calm as they have MRI scans from Disney favourites like Micky Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and the Little Mermaid.

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Lilly says diabetes shot outperformed rival Novo drug in study

Bio Pharma Dive

The results are a boost for Lilly's drug, tirzepatide, which is being prepared for regulatory submissions later this year. But long-term heart data won't be available for some time

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The most important website metrics

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: Your product website is a window between your brand and target audience. You might not be able to talk to one another, but what your audience does behind that window can tell you a lot about how they’re thinking about your brand.

Researchers receive $1.9 million to study possible dementia causes

Scienmag

Credit: UTHSC Memphis, Tenn. March 2, 2021) – The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has awarded two UTHSC researchers over $1.9 million to study the pathogenesis of white matter damage, a main contributing factor to dementia.

India's Covaxin Covid-19 Vaccine, Already in Use, Shows Promise in Trials

NY Times

Interim results from clinical trials suggested that Covaxin could be safe and effective, potentially removing one hurdle to New Delhi’s ambitious campaign to inoculate a vast population.

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A closely watched schizophrenia drug fails key test

Bio Pharma Dive

Though a mid-stage study read out negative, Neurocrine still sees a path forward for the drug, which it licensed from Takeda last summer

Pharma on a digital hiring spree?

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: Almost every pharma company seems to be posting open digital marketing positions on LinkedIn but are they really hiring? A quick check of three open positions found that they “were on hold” due to budget constraints.

ERT Imaging Accelerates Ground-Breaking Research to Improve the Development of Oncology and CNS Treatments

ERT

Blue Earth Diagnostics utilizing ERT imaging solution to evaluate a novel imaging agent for potential use to inform brain metastases disease management.

How accidental advocacy is amplifying the GM1 voice

Pharma Phorum

Rare disease families need to stand up and be counted if they want things to change said mum and advocate Christine Waggoner. She spoke to pharmaphorum as part of our Patients Insights series. Like many “rare disease mums”, Christine is an accidental advocate.

Merck withdraws Keytruda in type of lung cancer amid 'industry-wide' review by FDA

Bio Pharma Dive

Since December, three drugmakers have withdrawn immunotherapies from indications previously granted fast-tracked approvals, suggestive of broader FDA concerns

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Earning trust and building trust need to occur at the same time

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: Trust is earned every day. Today, because of the Internet, a lot of attention is placed on day-to-day activities. Pharma has to undress, and that trust is an ongoing process, and leaders cannot rest on the work they have completed, like developing vaccines.

Tissue, scaffold technologies provide new options for breast cancer, other diseases

Scienmag

Credit: Sherry Harbin/Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – New technology from Purdue University innovators may help improve tissue restoration outcomes for people with breast cancer and other diseases or traumatic injuries.

Research and Medical Technology Advances Offer Hope for Patients with Aggressive Brain Cancer

BioSpace

Recent research suggests that it may be possible to categorize GBM into different subtypes based on the underlying biological mechanisms driving tumor development and growth

Lilly drug regrows hair in autoimmune disease study, but safety questions linger

Bio Pharma Dive

The results could help baricitinib become the first treatment for alopecia areata, a leading cause of hair loss. Safety concerns have diminished the drug's prospects in arthritis, however

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Can J&J’s vaccine approval erase bad pharma?

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: Pharma companies, like J&J, have received criticism for engaging in illegal activities, such as providing kickbacks and bribes, knowingly shipping adulterated or contaminated drugs to pharmacies, and marketing drugs for unapproved uses. Johnson & Johnson has paid $2.7

Key task in computer vision and graphics gets a boost

Scienmag

A Kanazawa University researcher finds a way to accelerate a fundamental problem in computing known as non-rigid point set registration Credit: Kanazawa University Kanazawa, Japan – Non-rigid point set registration is the process of finding a spatial transformation that aligns two shapes represented as a set of data points.

FDA Approves First Biologic for Rare, Debilitating Lung Disease

BioSpace

The U.S. FDA approved Genentech’s Actemra (tocilizumab) for slowing the rate of decline in pulmonary function in adults with systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD

Takeda takes full control of drug for rare epilepsies

Bio Pharma Dive

A new agreement with Ovid Therapeutics has Takeda paying almost $200 million to secure global rights to soticlestat, an experimental treatment for certain brain diseases, including Dravet syndrome and Lennox Gastaut syndrome

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Question mark over effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in obese people

BioPharma Reporter

New data may have serious implications for the development of vaccination strategies for COVID-19, particularly in individuals with obesity. Markets & Regulations

Beauty is in the brain: AI reads brain data, generates personally attractive images

Scienmag

Researchers have succeeded in making an AI understand our subjective notions of what makes faces attractive Credit: Cognitive computing research group Researchers have succeeded in making an AI understand our subjective notions of what makes faces attractive.

Bharat’s Next-Gen COVID-19 Nasal Vaccine Moving Toward Human Testing

BioSpace

Days after vaccine-maker Bharat Biotech released interim Phase III efficacy data for a COVID-19 vaccine already in use in India, a pulmonary expert is expressing enthusiasm for the company’s next-generation intranasal vaccine on track to enter clinical testing this quarter

The essential audience for well-being

Bio Pharma Dive

For marketers in the health space, cannabis and CBD consumers represent an audience that is in search of both alternative and conventional methods of well-being as their transformation from patient to participant accelerates

NHS prescription charges set to rise in England

Pharma Times

Charge will increase to £9.35 per single prescription item from 1 April 2021

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NASA scientists complete 1st global survey of freshwater fluctuation

Scienmag

Credit: National Park Service To investigate humans’ impact on freshwater resources, scientists have now conducted the first global accounting of fluctuating water levels in Earth’s lakes and reservoirs – including ones previously too small to measure from space.

Why Mask-Associated Dry Eye Won’t Necessarily Boost Restasis Sales

XTalks

Dry eye disease may sound innocuous, but it’s a condition that affects between 25 and 35 percent of individuals in the US, and pandemic-related lifestyle changes may be pushing that percentage up.

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Biogen to spend $200M on gene therapy plant in North Carolina

Bio Pharma Dive

The planned factory is a strong sign of Biogen's interest in gene therapy, an area of research it has invested in through dealmaking over the past few years

COVAX: Indonesia and the Philippines await AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shipments

BioPharma Reporter

AstraZeneca, through its partnership with the Serum Institute of India, says it is the biggest initial COVID-19 vaccine supplier to COVAX. Markets & Regulations

Littlest shop of horrors: Hungry green algae prefer to eat bacteria alive

Scienmag

New study points to potential widespread phagocytosis among green algae, suggests improved methodology in environmental microbiology Credit: N. Bock & E.

phactMI: Delivering accurate drug information to point of care

Pharma R&D Today

Part 1: How healthcare professionals can access the latest and most accurate information on medications. Access to accurate, up-to-date information on medications helps healthcare professionals make better decisions.

Countering payers, drugmakers say net prices declined in 2020

Bio Pharma Dive

Reports from three large pharmaceutical companies indicate increasing rebate payments and discounts to insurers more than offset the average price increases they took on their medicines

Takeda Doubles Down on Ovid Epilepsy Drug in $856 Million Deal

BioSpace

Takeda will develop soticlestat, a first-in-class inhibitor of the enzyme cholesterol 24-hydroxylase (CH24H), as a potential treatment for developmental and epileptic encephalopathies