There's a lot of brouhaha these days in pharma circles about 'gamification' as if it were the newest thing since sliced bread. These days, however, it may be easier for a pharma company to create a real-life museum educational gaming experience than a virtual world game on Facebook. Way back in 1984, gamification was much simpler.
Multichannel pharma marketing is conceptually relatively simple to understand, but incredibly difficult in practice, says Len Starnes, former Head of Digital Marketing & Sales, General Medicine at Bayer Schering Pharma. That said, multichannel is not a transient phenomenon, it's here to stay. Starnes hosted a survey on LinkedIn to answer the question: When will pharma marketing become de facto multichannel marketing in future?
There are enough legal issues in this case to keep a boatload of constitutional and pharma lawyers busy for years. But let's look at this from a different perspective -- i.e., what pharma has to gain from this and what patients have to lose.
On May 22, 2012, Pfizer and Eating Well Media Group, publisher of Eating Well magazine, announced the launch of Pfizer's Lipitor For You "Recipes 2 Go" mobile application, marking the first time Pfizer has released a consumer mobile app for a prescription product in the U.S. Was It a 'Bad Ad' or Just a Bad Idea?
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.
These are Pharmaguy's favorite images and stories published on Pharma Marketing Blog during 2012. It's a good summary of some of the major trends in the industry.
Welcome to Volume 11, Issue #8 (11 SEPT 2012) of Pharma Marketing News.
Welcome to Volume 11, Issue #11 (27 December 2012) of Pharma Marketing News.
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.'
Welcome to Volume 11, Issue #3 (19 MARCH 2012) of Pharma Marketing News.