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Pharma turns to reformulation to maximize ROI

15 Dec 06

With drug pipelines yielding fewer blockbusters and profits from branded drugs being increasingly eroded by generic incursion, pharmaceutical companies are looking to maximize the return on investment of their drugs that do make it to market. Consequently, reformulation has become a common defense by drug makers to prolong the lifecycle of their top sellers.
Datamonitor

Patient Adherence: The Transformation of Loyalty Strategies

12 Dec 06

Frost & Sullivan, along with their panel of distinguished industry experts, will take a look at the changing dynamics in today's U.S. pharmaceutical industry. The panel will review traditional adherence programs, examine what is and is not working, and what the next steps are toward addressing the multiple barriers contributing to non-adherence. For additional information, please visit http://ebroadcast.frost.com/loyalty
Brian Denker

Asthma/COPD combination products here to stay

10 Nov 06

The treatment of asthma and COPD has dramatically improved following the increased use of fixed dose inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting beta2-agonist (ICS/LABA) combination therapies. Although Advair dominates the total asthma/COPD market, Symbicort's recent US approval and Chiesi's recent European approval of an ICS/LABA combination drug, signal a major change in the market dynamics.
Datamonitor

The PharmiWeb.com e:HR Awards 2006

25 Oct 06

Recognizing excellence in the application of an e-business approach in pharma and biotech HR in Europe.
Mike Wood

Drug pipeline suggests glimmer of hope for SLE sufferers

20 Oct 06

While there have been no new treatments approved for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in almost 40 years, there are some promising treatments currently in the development pipeline. Unfortunately, the ambiguity surrounding the requirements of clinical trials is preventing these drugs from being approved. However, faced with few alternatives, that hasn't prevented physicians using them off-label.
Datamonitor

Has the current approach to pharmaceutical sales passed its expiry date?

17 Oct 06

It’s another Monday practice meeting, the usual drug representative has been roped in to provide lunch and is cooling her heels waiting for the team to finish morning surgery. The usual non-descript pile of sandwiches from the local bakery is stacked on the table and the registrar who has finished early has already picked the best sandwiches...
Ian Mckenzie - PharmiWeb.com Field Reporter

Age is no longer a factor

02 Oct 06

From October 1st 2006 the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 - is coming in to force, making it illegal in the UK to recruit or select candidates based on their age and to discriminate based on age whilst in employment rather than based on skills and competencies. This will apply to discrimination againt young and old, and it WILL dramatically affect recruitment and employment in the UK.
Mike Wood

DPP-4 inhibitors Galvus and Januvia will be the first oral drugs tackling Type 2 diabetes via the incretin response: how do they compare?

27 Sep 06

A new DPP-4 inhibitor class of oral anti-diabetic medicines, working by the novel mechanism of incretin enhancement, is poised to revolutionise the management of Type 2 diabetes. Data presented at a recent European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting suggest they will help fill the unmet need for effective anti-diabetic drugs without unacceptable side effects. Numerous agents are in development with two, Galvus (vildagliptin, Novartis) and Januvia (sitagliptin, Merck) awaiting approval
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter

International Conference on Silicone Elastomes Highlights Future Growth

25 Sep 06

Rapra Technology’s First International Conference on Silicone Elastomers took place in Frankfurt on 19-20 September attracting over 120 delegates from as far away as Australia, Brazil, Russia and the US. Presentations covered silicone elastomer materials, liquid silicone rubber, the processing of silicone elastomers, additives and finishing for silicone elastomers. Delegates praised the breadth of the programme content and the practical nature of many of the papers.
Sharon Garrington

GSK: given green light to restrict Greek drug supply

20 Sep 06

The Hellenic Competition Committee has issued GSK with a favorable decision, indicating that it can restrict the supply of pharmaceuticals to wholesalers to prevent parallel importation of these drugs, without breaking competition laws. This is an important step for legally restricting parallel importation from one of Europe's biggest parallel trade markets, as Datamonitor's Dr Mark Belsey discovers…
Datamonitor

Meet the Country

20 Sep 06

Running clinical trials and recruiting experienced clinical personnel in the UK has certainly challenged many senior managers and recruiters over the past year. At a recent UK conference, both the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and a UK pharmaceutical website were quoted as stating that there continues to be a skills shortage across all disciplines; a lack of long-term educational investment and less development of the existing talent pool were cited as the main reaso
Iain Jessup

PHASE IV CLINICAL TRIALS: Post Marketing Studies

19 Sep 06

Strategic Research Institute’s Phase IV Clinical Trials (PCT) conference features a fully packed informational two day event organized into a series of discussions focusing on the major Phase IV and Patient Recruitment/ Retention issues of today.
Amy Yueh

Pay for Performance: Strategies for Achieving Value and Improving Health Outcomes

19 Sep 06

GAIN VALUABLE INSIGHT INTO: • How CMS’ movement toward P4P will Impact Healthcare and Payors Nationwide • Large Employer HR Strategy: How Aligning Incentives and Creating a Health • Information Exchange will Reduce your Healthcare Spend • Health Plans: How Data, Transparency and Consumers will Affect your P4P Initiatives
Seth Fritts

Medicare Part D: What is the Future?

19 Sep 06

Highlights Include: Five Presentations from CMS including an Update on the 2007 Landscape Understanding the Short- and Long-Term Impact of Part D Strategies for Driving Senior Enrollment Innovative Approaches to Public & Private Partnerships Analyzing Patient Perceptions of Out-of-Pocket Costs The Importance of Pharmacoeconomic Data Securing Favorable Formulary Coverage in the Part D Environment The Future of Employer Plans
Amy Yueh

We are opening our doors here at i3

31 Aug 06

We would like to invite you to join us here at our offices in Maidenhead, Berkshire from 10.30 onwards to 14.30.
Sarah Kettlewell

Lean Documentation 5

30 Aug 06

In an earlier field report, we looked at some of the issues surrounding manufacturing process instructions (MPIs) and manufacturing process records (MPRs). I want to look at the issue of recording data in MPRs in more detail, as the format of your MPR has a huge impact on its usability and therefore the error rate.
PharmiWeb.com Field Reporter: Jo Hills

Movers and Shakers of the Pharma Industry - Paul Hawkins

23 Aug 06

Paul Hawkins, the General Secretary for the Health and Beauty Association, tells us his philosophy for career progression and how the H&BA’s new website will help them to progress. The website itself promotes HBA’s attempt to bring Health and Beauty companies together in debating and discussing how to develop and adapt the industry to meet changing customer and consumer needs. Paul hopes the move towards e-business will do just that.
Freya Eden-Ellis

Graduates Entering the Pharmaceutical Industry

22 Aug 06

You may not exactly be breaking into the gold vaults at Fort Knox, scaling the heights of MI5 Ă  la James Bond or hacking into The Pentagon security system, but you want to enter the pharmaceutical industry, which can be nearly as difficult.
Freya Eden-Ellis

Candidate Profile: Paul Collins

09 Aug 06

Candidate Profile: Paul Collins Current Job Title: Clinical Project Manager II Department: Clinical Commenced with ICON: July 1997
Mike Wood, Freya Eden-Ellis

Movers and Shakers of the Pharma Industry - Andy Sarfas

08 Aug 06

Andy Sarfas is our mover and shaker of the week. He is the Global Internet Business Manager for Reckitt Benckiser.
Freya Eden-Ellis

Movers and Shakers of the Pharma Industry - David Mitchell

08 Aug 06

David Mitchell is the Commercial Director at McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a company that produces remedies for self-treatment available at pharmacies and supermarket stores.
Freya Eden-Ellis

Movers and Shakers of the Pharma Industry - Alex Bishop

08 Aug 06

Alex Bishop is the IT Business Manager at Pfizer, the largest supplier of medicines to the NHS.
Freya Eden-Ellis

Diverse challenges await generics industry

04 Aug 06

Because of the ever-increasing costs of healthcare provision the world over, many governments are enacting legislation to promote generic prescription in order to keep costs down. With drugs worth $160 billion in sales coming off patent by 2015, it would seem a good time to be in the generics industry. However the generics market is not without challenges.
Datamonitor

Lean Documentation 4

03 Aug 06

Manufacturing Instructions and Records: Operators are expected to follow manufacturing instructions to produce a product that meets the required specification. Typically these instructions will be written by technical experts, the chemical engineers who were responsible for the technology transfer, the process validation and so on.
PharmiWeb.com Field Reporter: Joanna Hills

Networking Tips

03 Aug 06

Networking: What is it and How do you do it?
Jim Melling - Field Reporter

Preparing for GCP Inspections: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

02 Aug 06

Every sponsor or CRO can expect their country’s regulatory agency to arrive on their premises periodically to conduct routine inspections. In the UK, for instance, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) conducts routine periodic inspections approximately every three years. Apart from these, the MHRA also conducts “for cause” and “follow up” inspections, and they also take part in the third-country inspection program. Because all inspections may be either announced or unan
Triona Coll

Elidel Eczema Cream: Dr Mark Ballard Answers Our Questions

01 Aug 06

Dr Mark Ballard, the Medical Director of Respiratory and Dermatology Therapeutic Areas at the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation answers our questions about their eczema cream Elidel.
Freya Eden-Ellis

Call for guidelines on when to stop or continue drug treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

01 Aug 06

Doctors taking part in a survey on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) management have called for clear and consistent guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of the condition to be drawn up as a matter of urgency. The survey was sponsored by Eisai Europe Ltd and Pfizer Inc, who market the cholinesterase inhibitor Aricept (donepezil), and was presented during the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.
Olwen Glynn Owen – Pharmiweb Field Reporter

Sheltering under an Umbrella?

31 Jul 06

The Treasury is aware of a growing trend, which has recently moved into the pharmaceutical sector, for staff to be provided to clients through “umbrella” or “composite” companies. These companies promise a golden scenario of reduced costs to their clients and greater take-home pay to the individuals who work through them.
Claire Jackaman

New Tools for Mental Health Professionals: Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT) in Primary Care

25 Jul 06

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) combines two very effective kinds of psychotherapy delivered face to face by medical therapists
Jim Melling - PharmiWeb Field Reporter

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