Pharma Industry News Update: 30 Jan 2018

99% of Surveyed Patients Think Social Networks Are Useful in Healthcare Delivery

“Potentially Useful” That Is!

[From] In our most recent NEJM Catalyst Insights Council Patient Engagement Survey, “Social Networks to Improve Patient Health,” 99% of respondents acknowledge that social networks are potentially useful in health care delivery, especially for chronic disease management (named by 85% of respondents) and promotion of healthy behaviors such as weight loss, physical activity, and healthy eating (78%).

The NEJM Catalyst Insights Council members surveyed – composed of health care executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians – see significant opportunity to improve health by either building or leveraging existing social networks.


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“Dear FDA, Your Regulation of Pharma’s Use of Social Media is In Low Battery Mode”

Says EyeOnFDA

[From] FDA held a public meeting in April 2009 on the regulation of promotional speech on social media by medical product manufacturers and set the framework for the discussion (and the subsequent regulation) by asking five questions. Ostensibly guidance was to follow in short order, but in fact, many years passed before FDA issued guidance documents that only partially addressed the questions raised in that framework.

The most comprehensive of these guidance documents were about correcting misinformation by third parties on the Internet and operating in platforms where there is character space limitation. Left unanswered were many questions such as issues related to adverse event reporting, among others.

The sluggishness of the agency is in many ways understandable.

Find out why here…

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Bad “Buzz” Beats Super Bowl EyeBalls

Pharma Opts Out

[From] While big pharma does spend an astounding amount on advertising each year, with one media tracking firm estimating it exceeded $6 billion collectively in 2016, many marketers don’t see a Super Bowl ad as the best use of their money.

While a surprise appearance is a possibility, no healthcare companies have bought spots, according to lists of Super Bowl XLII ads from Advertising Age, AdWeek, and However, pharma companies have tried their luck during the big game. Jublia, a prescription toenail fungus drug, bought a spot in two recent Super Bowls, using NFL legends and animated football imagery to tie its brand to the game.


PharmaGuy’s Insight:

Most Super Bowl ads get extra benefit from all the “positive” buzz in the press before and after the game. In the case of drug Super Bowl ads, that buzz was decidedly “negative” last year. I guess there IS such a thing as bad publicity.

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