Pharma Marketing News Vol. 11, No. 10: 15 November 2012

Welcome to Volume 11, Issue #10 (15 November 2012) of Pharma Marketing News.

Sanofi US Diabetes Team Wins 3rd Annual Pharmaguy Social Media Pioneer Award

PharmaGuy (aka John Mack) presented the coveted bright yellow Hawaiian shirt/Pharmaguy Social Media Pioneer Award to Dennis Urbaniak, VP, Joan Mikardos, Senior Director, and Laura Kolodjeski, Senior Manager, Patient Solutions, at Sanofi US Diabetes. The award was made at the 6th Annual Digital Pharma East conference in Philadelphia on October 17, 2012. Accepting the award on behalf of the winners -- who could not make it in person -- was Wendy Blackburn of Intouch Solutions.

Lipitor Holds Key to DTC Ad Spending in 2012

As reported by Nielsen, direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising spending by the pharmaceutical industry was down by 1% compared to 2010. I did a little exercise to predict that DTC spending in 2012 will see a further 3% decrease compared to 2011 solely due to an expected drop in Lipitor advertising. Here's how I came up with that estimate.

Mobile Regulatory Fears: PhRMA Raises an Alarm

In a blog post provocatively titled 'An App for That, But For How Much Longer?', PhRMA's Kate Connors agreed with a Washington Times op-ed piece that suggested the FDA will soon require apps such as medication prescription renewal reminders and blood glucose level tracking functions to be regulated as medical devices. The op-ed author, Joel White, executive director of the Health IT Now Coalition, suggests that this effort would lead to increased costs as well as constraints on user access to these apps, which 'may cause developers to move on to other, less burdensome endeavors.' 'In the end, this could hinder the way that patients can actively improve their own care,' said Conners. Is this fear warranted? Are there apps that SHOULD be regulated by the FDA? Read this article and find out.

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

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?

Novo Nordisk Defends Choice of Paula Deen as Diabetes Spokesperson

Unless you are living under a rock on the Moon, you've probably heard that Novo Nordisk has teamed up with celebrity Southern-style chef Paula Deen as a paid spokesperson. Ambre Morley, Associate Director, Product Communications, Novo Nordisk, answers questions about why her company teamed up with Deen as a diabetes spokesperson.

Sanofi Launches Diabetapedia: “Google” for Diabetes

Laura Kolodjeski (@lkolodjeski), Community Manager for Sanofi US Diabetes, sent me a Twitter DM announcing the launch of Diabetapedia (di-ah-bee-tah-pee-dee-ah), a new site 'to help meet educational needs of diabetes community.' According to Laura, the goal is to create 'a single, comprehensive place where anyone can find and share definitions of diabetes-related terms and phrases.' The site's tag line is 'Diabetes doesn't define you... so define diabetes.'

FDA Guidance on Responding to Unsolicited Requests for Off-Label Information

Two days after Christmas, on December 27, 2011, while most of us were still on vacation, the FDA quietly issued

Supporting Patients via Twitter and Beyond

Although nearly two-thirds of respondents to a 2009/2010 Pharma Marketing News survey thought that using Twitter for patient support activities would be somewhat or very effective, relatively few pharmaceutical companies are doing this on a regular basis. From time to time, however, it does happen. Boehringer Ingelheim Shows How It's Done

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