Pharma Marketing News Vol. 10, No. 8: 28 April 2011

Welcome to Volume 10, Issue #8 (28 APRIL 2011) of Pharma Marketing News.

The Changing Pharma eDetailing Landscape

A conversation with Monique Levy, VP Research at Manhattan Research, about the changing pharma eDetailing landscape. Ms. Levy discusses how the online pharma promotion landscape has changed, and which types of programs garner the largest audience as well as how the rep relationship is evolving and the role of new technologies such as tablets.

Politics Vs. Science in the Plan B Decision

Sebelius focused on the fact that Teva's study did not contain data for all ages for which this product would be available for use. According to Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH, of the Women's Health Research Institute at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, a principal investigator of the University of California-San Francisco study, it is unreasonable and virtually impossible to study the use of emergency contraception in 11- and 12-year-olds, because only a small fraction of them will have had sex by that age.

Google’s OneBox Drug “Ads” Steal Clicks Away from Rx Brands

A Search Ad Format That Has All FDA Could Want... But Pharma Can't Use It! Data suggest that Google's OneBox NIH Rx ads effectively reduce organic search visitation driven to pharma sites pushing the traffic to NIH content instead. Is it logical to conclude that Google stands to gain paid ad revenue when pharma marketers have to compete with OneBox ads by buying more paid search placements to make up for the loss of organic search visits?

Limiting Bias in Commercially Supported CME

Many critics of pharma-supported CME believe this support leads to bias. Between 9 May 2011 and 13 September 2011, readers of Pharma Marketing News were asked to answer a few short questions relating to potential bias in industry-supported CME programs and how to limit the need for industry funding of CME. The results are summarized in this article.

Pharma Marketing News Vol. 10, No. 4: 23 FEBRUARY 2011

Welcome to Volume 10, Issue #4 (23 FEBRUARY 2011) of Pharma Marketing News.

Pharma SmartPhone/Tablet Apps: Is There a Regulation for That?

Pharmaceutical marketers have jumped on the mobile application bandwagon as more and more companies roll out health-related applications for smartphones and touchpads such as Apple's iPhone and iPad. But will the FDA regulate certain smartphone apps as medical devices? This article discusses the regulatory and other issues associated with pharma developed or sponsored health apps.

Pharma Spending on Internet, DTC, and Docs

How much money the pharmaceutical industry spends on Internet marketing, direct-to-consumer advertising, and physician detailing are always topics of interest and 2010 was no exception. 2010 was, however, a turning point in bringing more attention to payments made to physicians for speaking, consulting, and research.

Physician Participation in Peer-to-Peer Social Media Sites

This article summaries research data exploring why physicians interested in using online peer-to-peer social communities outnumber by 2 to 1 physicians who are actually using them. Includes suggestions for what these communities must do in order to provide more value to physicians.

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