February, 2021

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 health care industry should also invest more preventative health

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: In a recent study by The Harris Poll on behalf of TIME, the overwhelming majority of Americans (78%) admitted to delaying routine medical services and health care appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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Climate impacts drive east-west divide in forest seed production


Western forests may be less able to regenerate following large-scale diebacks Credit: USGS DURHAM, N.C.

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

Need Health Insurance? Marketplaces are Open Now!

Triage Cancer

Health Insurance Marketplaces are now open for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). In the 36 states with Marketplaces on www.HealthCare.gov, individuals have the opportunity to buy a new health insurance policy or change policies until May 15, 2021.


Pfizer/BioNTech to trial COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women and children

BioPharma Reporter

Pfizer and BioNTech have dosed the first participants in a Phase 2/3 study for their COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women; and plan to trial the vaccine in children later this year. Bio Developments

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Bristol Myers finally wins FDA approval for cancer cell therapy

Bio Pharma Dive

Delays tied to factory inspections had pushed an FDA decision on Breyanzi past a key deadline, allowing Bristol Myers to avoid paying billions of dollars in payouts to investors

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Origami with DNA


A team at TU Wien was able to answer important questions about the immune system – with a trick reminiscent of paper folding. Credit: TU Wien T-cells are an important component of our immune system: with the receptors they carry on their surface, they can recognise highly specific antigens.

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COVID-19 Long-Hauler Therapy Space Beginning to Take Shape


While the space is just beginning to emerge, therapies for long-haul COVID-19 patients are still very much an unmet need


Triple Negative Breast Cancer Drug Development Digital Summit

Pharma Phorum

Improving the Safety, Efficacy & Predictability of Monotherapy & Combinatorial Therapies to Fast-track the Discovery & Development of TNBC Treatments to Reach Patients in Need.

'Vaccines are working': UK unveils real-world data from vaccination campaign

BioPharma Reporter

Real-world data from England shows that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine offers 'clear protection from first dose' and may help interrupt transmission; while Scottish data shows the first doses of vaccines led to a substantial fall in hospital admissions. Bio Developments

As COVID-19 becomes a business, vaccine makers confront thorny pricing questions

Bio Pharma Dive

Yearly vaccinations could be required after the pandemic ebbs. Will drugmakers change how they approach pricing their shots

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

Researchers find peptide that treats, prevents killer citrus disease


Treatment causes deadly bacterium to leak and die Credit: Hailing Jin/UCR New research affirms a unique peptide found in an Australian plant can destroy the No. 1 killer of citrus trees worldwide and help prevent infection.

University of Oregon Campus Could Be Cornerstone of New Biotech Hotspot


A new biotech hotspot could be on the horizon in Oregon thanks to a $500 million gift to the University of Oregon from Nike co-founder Phil Knight, an alumnus of the university


Semaglutide Brings Significant Weight Loss in Obese Patients

NY Times

In a clinical trial, participants taking semaglutide lost 15 percent of their body weight, on average. Obesity Diabetes Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Clinical Trials Weight New England Journal of Medicine Northwestern University Novo Nordisk A/S

A history of Johnson & Johnson

Pharma Phorum

By most measures the single largest pharma company in the world, US-based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is also arguably one of the most well-known drugmakers among the general public. .

FDA lays out shortened path for testing vaccines against new coronavirus variants

Bio Pharma Dive

Lengthy trials won't be needed for updating shots against emerging viral strains, the agency told developers in newly published guidance

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Drug side effects should be easier to understand

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: Per the Times, “what if consumers could calculate the benefits and risks of taking a prescription drug as easily as they can gauge the carbohydrates and calories in an Oreo cookie?” ” Drug facts boxes are needed, but the FDA disagrees.

Drug ‘breakthrough’ gives longest-ever survival in nonresectable liver cancer patients


The IMbrave150 trial found median overall survival was 19.2 months in patients treated with atezo+bev vs 13.4 months for those treated with sorafenib alone, the current standard treatment Credit: EASL 6 February: The IMbrave150 trial found median overall survival was 19.2

Pfizer Accused of Holding Some Countries to “Ransom” Over COVID-19 Negotiations


Pfizer has been accused of bullying governments in Latin America over coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine negotiations, a recent investigative article revealed

State Drug Importation Bills Just Got More Personal in California

Pharmacy Checkers

With lies and deception, Big Pharma has used the threat posed by rogue websites and counterfeit drugs to push back against U.S. state legislation to gain access to lower drug prices in Canada.

Common but not normal: It’s time to talk about maternal mental health

Pharma Phorum

As part of our Patients Insights series, the founder and CEO of Motherhood Understood shares her experience of postpartum depression, talks about the power of peer support, and explains what the wider healthcare community could do to play their part.

Why this week's FDA meeting on J&J's coronavirus vaccine will be important

Bio Pharma Dive

The FDA is widely expected to authorize the drugmaker's one-dose shot. But the advisory committee meeting beforehand will offer a window into debate over several key issues

Pharma running online ads on vaccine misinformation sites

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: More than 42,000 programmatic ads from 4,315 brands are running on websites spouting misinformation about the vaccine and COVID over the past year. Included in the programmatic ad errors is Pfizer, who developed a leading COVID vaccine. When will pharma stop using programmatic online ads?

Promising new approach to stop growth of brain cancer cells


Credit: The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (Friday, February 12, 2021 – Toronto) — Inhibiting a key enzyme that controls a large network of proteins important in cell division and growth paves the way for a new class of drugs that could stop glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer, from growing.

Clinical trial set to test efficacy of mixing Sputnik V and COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

BioPharma Reporter

Health officials in Azerbaijan have granted approval for a clinical trial to take place in that country combining Russiaâs Sputnik V vaccine with the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot in adults 18 years and older. Markets & Regulations

FDA Approves Third Sarepta Treatment For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


The U.S. FDA approved Sarepta Therapeutics’ Amondys 45 (casimersen) for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who have a confirmed mutation amenable to exon 45 skipping

White paper reveals pathway for digital therapeutics use in Italy

Pharma Phorum

A white paper has outlined a pathway that could allow Italy to realise the potential of digital therapeutics (DTx). The official journal of the Smith Kline Foundation, Tendenze Nuove, has published the paper entitled “Digital Therapeutics, an Opportunity for Italy” earlier this month.

Pfizer set to double weekly production of coronavirus vaccine

Bio Pharma Dive

The drugmaker will use production lines at its plant in McPherson, Kansas to help fill vaccine vials, company CEO Albert Bourla said Friday

How much to spend on DTC TV

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: By far, the biggest question I get as a consultant is, “how much should we spend on DTC ads?” ” It’s important to understand that no formula can be applied across all health conditions and products.

When foams collapse (and when they don’t)


High-speed video microscopy reveals the complex mechanics of foam collapse Credit: Tokyo Metropolitan University Tokyo, Japan – Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have revealed how liquid foams collapse by observing individual collapse “events” with high-speed video microscopy.

Wayra, GE Healthcare launch accelerator programme for digital health start-ups

Pharma Times

Edison Accelerator to support start-ups to develop AI applications for healthcare

Bristol Myers Takes $470 Million Write-off and Scraps Orva-Cel CAR-T Program


The company’s head of drug development, Samit Hirawat, told analysts in a conference call last week that the decision was about working with the best drugs, particularly in a crowded field like BCMA

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Family cancer experience informs eHealth company

Outsourcing Pharma

The founder of Andaman7âs leukemia diagnosis, and his sonâs experience with bone cancer, have helped inform the firm's tech and patient-centric approach. Clinical Development

10 biotechs become 1: Centessa launches with $250M to prove unorthodox R&D model

Bio Pharma Dive

The new company will be led by Saurabh Saha, a former Bristol Myers executive, and Moncef Slaoui, who until recently led the U.S. government's coronavirus vaccine program

Pharma’s horrible website metrics

World of DTC Marketing

SUMMARY: The number of visitors to your website doesn’t mean anything if you have high bounce rates and low page views/time on site. More than half of mobile users leave a website that takes more than three seconds to load, yet too many pharma sites are not optimized for mobile.