The Role of Social Media in Managaing Chronic Diseases

The Role of Social Media in Managaing Chronic Diseases Focus on Diabetes and ObesityIn an "Open letter to NPR about Diabetes Social Media piece,"...

Pharma Responds to FDA’s Draft DTC Guidelines

FDA has received several comments from the pharmaceutical industry regarding the agency's 'Draft Guidance for Industry Direct-to-Consumer Television Advertisements.' This article reviews the comments submitted by PhRMA, Sanofi, and Shire. Comments from other pharma companies addressed similar issues to the ones reviewed here.

Pharma Marketing News Vol. 10, No. 13: 23 August 2011

Welcome to Volume 10, Issue #13 (23 AUGUST 2011) of Pharma Marketing News.

Is Your Marketing Head in the Cloud? The Appature Nexus Marketing Cloud Software Platform

Appature, a unique software-as-a-service provider, sees this as an immense opportunity to couple the vast amount of data available to healthcare marketers with relationship marketing technology to discover new methods to personalize and optimize campaigns to both consumers and healthcare professionals. This article reviews Appature Nexus, a Marketing Cloud software platform that drives sales growth through an integrated marketing database, campaign management tool and reporting/analytics engine.

Is Online Pharma Advertising ROI Scalable? Outsize Results on Modest Spends May Not Scale...

At the recent 6th Annual Digital Pharma East conference in Philadelphia, Bill Drummy, CEO of HeartBeat Ideas, argued that 'With digital you can get way more bang for your buck, so you HAVE to think of the digital channel.' Drummy's message was simple: the ROI of online promotion is an order of magnitude greater than the "typical" 2:1 ROI for non-digital channel promotion. This may be true of small budget campiagns, but is it scaleable to the point where digital promotion gives you a significant bump in sales?

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?

Pharma Marketing News Vol. 11, No. 6: 29 June 2012

Welcome to Volume 11, Issue #6 (29 JUNE 2012) of Pharma Marketing News.

Adherence: Do We Really Need an App for That?

Lots of patients -- even patients taking life-saving medication -- are not as "adherent" as they should be, which means that the treatment does not work as advertised and drug companies lose money. There have been many attempts by the drug industry to improve medication adherence, but it has been a tough challenge. The industry, however, has not given up. The new battleground for combating non-adherence is the mobile smartphone and the smartphone app is the weapon of choice. Are the benefits worth the risk?

Do Drug Copay Coupons Drive Up Healthcare Costs?

Coupons for drug co-payments are illegal and drive up long-term health-care costs for all, a consumer group and four trade-union health-insurance plans said in announcing lawsuits against eight pharmaceutical companies. The lawsuits claim that although coupons reduce the consumer's out-of-pocket cost, the health insurer still pays the previously negotiated price to the drug company. With no savings from generics, health plans will need to charge patients more to keep up with rising costs, the lawsuits say.
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