PinUp: Mobile Apps Set to Disrupt How Clinical Trials are Run

Welcome to the December 5, 2017, issue of Pharma Industry News Update (aka PinUp). I just downloaded Apple's

PinUp: Medical Journals versus the Internet: Is the “Prior Publication” Battle Over?

Welcome to the November 21, 2017, issue of Pharma Industry News Update (aka PinUp). History has a way of repeating itself. This issue focuses on on peer-reviewed journals and the battle for timely and accurate publication of scientific/medical research results. The first skirmish of this battle occurred 50 years ago when the NIH distributed unpublished scientific papers via snail mail - the Internet and email were not widely available at the time. Then the modern Internet got involved in the 1990's and then again in 2013. Which is winning the battle?

PinUp: Digital Pills, Fat Tweets, and Chatbots

Welcome to the November 17, 2017, issue of Pharma Industry News Update (aka PinUp). FDA seems anxious to embrace digital technology not just in the realm of medical devices, but also for transforming ingestible medicines; i.e., pills. But the first

PinUp: The Masters to Whom Pharma CEOs Are Beholden!

Welcome to the November 14, 2017, issue of Pharma Industry News Update (aka PinUp). This issue focuses on pharma CEOs and to whom they are beholden. It's a well-known fact that pharma CEOs are beholding first to Wall Street. Their compensation is directly related to their companies' stock price. But these days, pharma CEOs are beholding to the president to the extent that we now have the

PinUp: Three Notable Failures: EpiPen, Allergan TV DTC, & FDA Enforcement

Welcome to the November 3, 2017, issue of Pharma Industry News Update (aka PinUp). There were reports of three

PinUp: Three Myths: FDA hinders pharma’s digital health efforts, “Just Say No to Drugs”...

Welcome to the October 31, 2017, issue of Pharma Industry News Update (aka PinUp). Some experts are 'heartbroken' that the pharmaceutical industry has not done more in the digital health arena and they blame it on belief in

PinUp: How to Get Away with Murder. Raise prices again & again, “educate” physicians,...

Welcome to the October 27, 2017, issue of Pharma Industry News Update (aka PinUp). Some drugs sell themselves, others require an army of

PinUp: Follow the Money: Patient Groups, Rebates, More New Drugs

Welcome to the October 24, 2017, issue of Pharma Industry News Update (aka PinUp). Pharma financial support of patient groups is nothing new, but when you learn that 93% of them receive pharma funding it's a shock. And it seems money buys influence. IMHO, it may be time for more transparency.

PinUp: Who’s to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic? “Not Me! It’s You!” Says “Drug...

Welcome to the October 20, 2017, issue of Pharma Industry News Update (aka PinUp). Is the drug industry wholly, partly, or not to blame at all for the current opioid epidemic? There are many players in the 'drug industry,' but most consumers and voters only think Big Pharma when they here that phrase. But let's not forget the wholesalers that distribute drugs to pharmacies and hospitals. They are saying, 'it's not us, it's the DEA's fault.' And let's not forget to blame patients who willingly are recruited to lobby for less restrictions on opioids. Lastly - and I can't believe this argument is still out there - let's blame the poor people addicted to opioids!

PinUp: False Hope: From War on Opioids to War on Cancer, More…

Welcome to the October 17, 2017, issue of Pharma Industry News Update (aka PinUp). Let's focus on False Hope. First, there's the 'War on Drugs/Opioids,' which offered hope but failed from a law-enforcement perspective. We learn from a DEA whistleblower that Congress and drug company lobbyists hobbled the DEA's ability to go after companies that knowingly supplied opioids to corrupt 'pill mills.' Then there's the false hope of longer life for cancer patients peddled by both unregulated hospital and regulated drug marketers.