Pharma Paid Celebrity Best Practices

Pharma marketers in the U.S. sometimes use celebrities as spokespeople for their branded drugs or for non-branded campaigns. Such celebrities include TV personalities, athletes, movie stars and others who have thousands or millions of fans, Twitter followers, etc. Should Pharma Disclose Payments to Celebrity Spokespeople? This is just one of the issues explored in a recent survey of Pharma Marketing News readers.

Pfizer Throws In the Lipitor Marketing Towel. Meanwhile AstraZeneca Promotes Crestor on Its Corporate...

Despite Pfizer's heroic and unprecedented effort to maintain Lipitor's market share after expiry last November and after spending more than $87 million promoting the medicine, the world's biggest drug company is quietly giving up on its once-great cash cow for good because more generic versions will soon be going on sale. Meanwhile, AstraZeneca promoted Crestor on its corporate blog. It's unusual for a pharmaceutical company to mention a product by brand name on its corporate blog. It's even more unusual to mention BOTH the product AND its indication -- because that would be promotion regulated by the FDA. But AstraZeneca has done just that on its 'AZ Health Connections' corporate blog. Why now? Can it be a purely opportunistic cheap shot?

The Role of Social Media in Managing Chronic Diseases: Focus on Diabetes and Obesity

On the one hand, there's the physician who's looking for 'evidence' that diabetes is being managed. On the other hand is the patient argument that 'emotional support' is also a key benefit. One could argue that BOTH sides have merit.

How is the iPad an Effective Delivery Platform for Medical Sales Professionals?

How is the iPad a proven effective sales message delivery platform? What impact does it have on a doctor's clinical and prescribing decision-making process? These are questions that MD Mindset's proprietary iSFE Tracker(tm) methodology is designed to answer.

Pfizer’s Short-lived LIPITOR Branded Mobile App

On May 22, 2012, Pfizer and Eating Well Media Group, publisher of Eating Well magazine, announced the launch of Pfizer's Lipitor For You "Recipes 2 Go" mobile application, marking the first time Pfizer has released a consumer mobile app for a prescription product in the U.S. Was It a 'Bad Ad' or Just a Bad Idea?

What’s at Stake in the Off-Label Debate: Freedom of speech may be the legal...

There are enough legal issues in this case to keep a boatload of constitutional and pharma lawyers busy for years. But let's look at this from a different perspective -- i.e., what pharma has to gain from this and what patients have to lose.

Here Come the Pharma Wikipedians

The Pros and Cons of Pharma Employees Editing Wikipedia Articles. Should pharmaceutical companies appoint employees as Wikipedia 'spokespeople' to perform all edits to Wikipedia articles on behalf of the company?

Some Unregulated Physician Smartphone Apps May Be Buggy

Practically every pharmaceutical company has one or more apps. The ones I am interested in are apps designed to help doctors in their diagnosis of patients. Big among these are the

Gamification: Now and Then

There's a lot of brouhaha these days in pharma circles about 'gamification' as if it were the newest thing since sliced bread. These days, however, it may be easier for a pharma company to create a real-life museum educational gaming experience than a virtual world game on Facebook. Way back in 1984, gamification was much simpler.

Multichannel Marketing: Easy to Brag About, but Difficult to Do

Multichannel pharma marketing is conceptually relatively simple to understand, but incredibly difficult in practice, says Len Starnes, former Head of Digital Marketing & Sales, General Medicine at Bayer Schering Pharma. That said, multichannel is not a transient phenomenon, it's here to stay. Starnes hosted a survey on LinkedIn to answer the question: When will pharma marketing become de facto multichannel marketing in future?
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