The New Written Prescription: Leveraging Technology to Measure Change in Physician Behavior as it...

New Written Prescriptions (NWRx's), which are uncontaminated by managed care intervention and patient fulfillment issues, are the ultimate measure of physician behavior and, therefore, the purest measure of promotional effectiveness, according to Nancy S. Lurker, CEO of ImpactRx. This article highlights real world examples of the differences between analyses performed using ImpactRx's NWRx's for patients new to or switching therapy versus those using traditional dispensed new prescription data.

The Truth About the Drug Companies: What To Do About It

You can't go to a pharma industry conference these days without hearing at least one expert speaker recommending that pharma executives read the book 'The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to do About It,' written by Marcia Angell, MD, former editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine. This review includes several point-counter point views regarding Angell's arguments by pharmaceutical and healthcare experts, including members of the PHARMA-MKTING online discussion group.

OpEd: Vioxx Withdrawal and the “Me-Too Drug Domino Effect”

Vioxx Withdrawal and the "Me-Too Drug Domino Effect" OpEd by John Mack Merck's "voluntary" withdrawal of Vioxx...

eDetailing Strategies for a Higher Physician Response

Most pharmaceutical firms have piloted eDetailing programs and scaled them successfully. However, although Traditional eDetailing has been around for at least 5 years, marketers must expand the definition of eDetailing. To this end Croom offers a Best Practice Guide for eDetailing to help pharma marketers optimize the reach and impact of eDetailing.

FDA Draft Guidance for Print DTCA: Less than Feared

On February 4, 2004, the FDA issued long-awaited draft guidance documents designed to improve communications to consumers and health care practitioners about health conditions and medical products. The most eagerly anticipated guidance concerns the acceptable alternatives to the lengthy, detailed, and technically-written brief summary of risk information for consumer-directed print advertisements for prescription drugs.

ePrescribing: What Role Should Pharma Play?

A panel entitled What Role Should Pharma Play in ePrescribing and the Point-of-Care? at a recent ePharma Summit conference held in Philadelphia, PA, discussed the issues facing pharmaceutical companies as electronic prescribing (ePrescribing or eRx) threatens to upset the "balance of power" between physicians, pharma companies, and payers at the point-of-care.

Effective Pharma Adherence Programs Start With The Patient

Patient compliance may be a core objective for pharma marketers, but an international quorum of compliance experts at the recent eyeforpharma Patient Compliance 2004 conference in London agreed that the very term 'compliance is incorrect. In 22 in-depth presentations over 2 days, 30 speakers and panelists agreed that marketers need to stop analyzing compliance, and start understanding patients.

Will COX-2 Inhibitors Crash and Burn?

This article documents the effect of the withdrawal of Vioxx and other COX-2 revelations on physicians' prescribing behavior using data from ImpactRx. Also included are results from a recent survey we conducted of Pharma Marketing News susbcribers regarding the wisdom of Pfizer's decision to test Celebrex to see if it is able to prevent heart attacks and strokes in patients with serious cardiovascular disease.

Pharma eMarketing: A Level Playing Field or a Killing Field?

Why is pharma so conservative when it comes to using technology for marketing purposes? Is it ROI concerns? Not invented here syndrome? Or is it something else?

OpEd: Pushing the Envelope is Bad for DTC

If the trend [in ED drug advertising] continues, lawmakers-some of whom already are gunning for DTC-are sure to take notice. In my opinion, ED product marketers should declare a moratorium on this ad 'shoot out' before it is too late. It's not doing anything to prove the argument that DTC is educational and it certainly is not sending the right message to the FDA, which just recently issued new guidances applauding the benefits of DTC advertising.
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