big pharma

Worrying about data

An article in the Independent newspaper highlights some worries about NHS data. It might seem a good idea to make summary care records available to pharmacists – but what if your pharmacist is also a large retailer like Boots or Tesco, whose business is increasingly dependant upon data collection and targeted sales?

What is also worrying is that, as the article details, insufficient research […]

August 14th, 2015|Commentary|0 Comments|

Printing Digital Drugs

The Guardian reports on 3D printing drugs. The FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) has approved the printing of a pill containing a new drug, Spritam levetiracetam, (to control epileptic seizures). There are a number of universities across the world working on applying this technology to drugs, hoping to make it safer and more tailored to individual patients.

Full article […]

On Swiss-type claims and off-label use

Not directly connect to ‘digital drugs’ but very relevant to the understanding of off label use.

A very clear report on recent patent dispute between Warner-Lambert (part of the Pfizer group) and Actavis (a generic manufacturer):

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP (2015) International report – English courts tackle Swiss-type claims and off-label use, in : Intellectual Asset Management (IAM […]

Pfizer and Big Data To Power Patient Care

An article written by Geno Germano, Group President, Global Innovative Pharma Business, Pfizer

How Pfizer Is Using Big Data To Power Patient Care, Forbes, 2/17/2015 @ 10:18AM

February 24th, 2015|Big Data, Business|0 Comments|

On innovation, policies, economic returns – the cases of antibiotics , new and transformative drugs

In the current issue of Health Affairs :

February 2015; Volume 34, Issue 2 Biomedical Innovation

Outterson, K., J. H. Powers, G. W. Daniel and M. B. McClellan (2015). “Repairing The Broken Market For Antibiotic Innovation.” Health Affairs 34(2): 277-285.

“…Good public health practices curb inappropriate antibiotic use, making return on investment challenging in payment systems based on sales volume. We […]

on bioelectronics – ‘digital drugs’ (literally)

GSK switches to electronic medicine

“GlaxoSmithKline is betting on this new vision of medicine — curing patients through electronics instead of chemicals”
By Clive Cookson, Financial Times
Published: 15:57 August 8, 2013

“The ambition of Moncef Slaoui, GSK head of research and development, is “to have the first medicine that speaks the electrical language of our body ready for approval by the end […]

January 23rd, 2015|Business, Clinical use|0 Comments|

On the rise of the “translational state” – The State commitment to accelerating the commercial translation of biomedical research

Hogarth, S. “Neoliberal technocracy: Explaining how and why the US Food and Drug Administration has championed pharmacogenomics.” Social Science & Medicine. Available online 15 January 2015 – In Press, Accepted Manuscript

“By 2004 the FDA had emerged as a champion of pharmacogenomics as an exemplar for novel approaches to drug development. This was made clear in 2004 when […]

Big pharma and smart devices

An article on the Financial Times, commenting on Google links with Novartis, to develop a “smart” contact lens designed to help diabetics track their blood sugar levels.

It also mentions the “electroceuticals” – “implants that use electronic impulses to affect and modify the functions of the body”

July 16th, 2014|Big Data|0 Comments|