Pharma Industry News Update: 19 Dec 2017

Banner Year for PhRMA Lobbying Spending

A BIG Increase Over Last Year

[From] PhRMA’s state and federal lobbying spending rose by more than two-thirds from the previous year, to $57 million. Does that surprise you?

PhRMA spent $7 million last year to prepare its ubiquitous “Go Boldly” ad campaign and gave millions to politicians who were up for election in both parties in dozens of states.
It lavished more than $2 million on scores of groups representing patients with various diseases – many of them dealing with high drug costs.

PhRMA also gave big money to national political groups financing congressional, presidential and state candidates. The conservative-leaning American Action Network got $6.1 million. The Republican Governors Association got $301,375. Its Democratic counterpart got $350,000.

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Big Pharma Spending Money on TV Ads Like an Even More Drunk Sailor!

TV DTC is Alive & Well!

[From] With one month still to go, 2017 is already a record-breaking year for pharma advertising. TV ad spending totaled $3.2 billion through the end of November, according to data from real-time TV ad tracker That’s well ahead of the full-year 2016 TV spend of $3.11 billion.

PharmaGuy’s Insights:

According to Kantar Media, pharma spending on TV ads in 2016 was $4.1 Bn., however, says it was $3.11. I’m not which is closer to the truth, but it’s the trend that matters here, I suppose.

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Big Pharma Had a Bumper Crop of New Drugs Approved in 2017

But Profitability Shrinks

[From] So far this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), gatekeeper to the world’s biggest drugs market, has approved 41 novel drugs compared with 22 for the whole of 2016. The strong biotech sector is good news for investors such as Daniel Koller, head of investment management at Swiss-based BB Biotech, which has money tied up in fast-growing US and European companies.

“It’s been a great year for approvals in 2017 and we assume another very positive year for biotech in 2018,” he told Reuters. “It is a confirmation of the health of the industry.”

But for the giants of the pharma world tracked by Deloitte, things are not so rosy. This decade has seen shrinking profitability in their research labs, with the average internal rate of return (IRR) down sharply from 10.1% in 2010 to 3.2% this year.

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