08 Jun 07
Results of the CRYSTAL trial investigating first-line cetuximab therapy in addition to irinotecan-based therapy in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) were presented by the study’s lead investigator, Professor Eric Van Cutsem of University Hospital, Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium.
Olwen Glynn Owen
05 Jun 07
In 2007 Lhasa will provide sponsorship to the Africa Education Initiative (NEF) for travel fellowships allowing African students to attend the 2007 Africa Education Initiative International Scientific Conference.
04 Jun 07
Patients suffering from chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) who miss out on potentially curative surgery may respond to medical treatment with the dual endothelin receptor antagonist bosentan (Tracleer) according to results of BENEFiT, a multicentre phase III trial presented at this year’s American Thoracic Society meeting. To date there has been no approved medical therapy for the condition.
Olwen Glynn Owen
23 May 07
In today’s clinical arena it is the norm for clinical and medical departments to work with a mixture of direct staff (headcount), contract employees and independent consultants, as well as outsourcing whole projects. Companies utilise this mix for myriad reasons, including increased pressure to reduce headcount carrying costs demands for flexibility and to meet the clinical trial program milestones within a reduced time to market.
22 May 07
With in excess of 34,000 doctors chasing 18,500 training posts due to start in August, one might expect that a slick system would be employed to ensure that the best candidates were matched with the most appropriate jobs. And maybe that’s what the MTAS (the Medical Training Application Service - an online application system designed to allow juniors to apply centrally for training rotations) was meant to achieve. However, it had been prone to crashing, and many junior doctors claimed that it was
14 May 07
Despite all denials, newspapers all over the world are simply dying. The gravity of the problem is not that the competing media like TV or Internet are at play it’s rather that the public all over the world prefers moving pictures in the palms of their hands over deciphering or reading between the lines of nicely arranged words spread out on a paper blanket.
10 May 07
Its hard gaining entry into the pharmaceutical industry, but is it harder if you are thirty? I’m a graduate, so I can get in like a graduate, can’t I?
23 Apr 07
The results of an in-depth survey of over 750 patients across Europe launched today points to a crisis in the management of the rising numbers of people living in the ‘twilight zone’ of type 2 diabetes care.
03 Apr 07
Over the decade, the art of copying and stealing other people's content and ideas has settled
comfortably in the mainstream across the globe. What formerly would constitute an act of piracy
is now a commonplace, everyday occurrence. Isn't it time to give these 'borrowers' a tribute, host a gala dinner and hand out awards?
30 Jan 07
Suddenly, there is a new global tidal wave of change all over the Asian region, the obvious signs are people on the move, new developments and properties popping up all over the region and a nouvo-consumerism is appearing at every corner, customers are buying shiny and wonderful things with beautiful packaging and companies are addressing their hunger with massive blitzes. ...
30 Jan 07
Infusion-related reactions occur with a wide variety of therapeutic agents used in the treatment of cancer but have become a particular concern of the targeted monoclonal antibody therapies. A post-hoc analysis performed on data from a recent large study suggests a way of minimising risk.
Olwen Glynn Owen
03 Jan 07
Thrombocytopenia, the bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency of platelets, has no easy-to-administer or satisfactory treatment at present. However, eltrombopag (Promacta) a new oral drug in development by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has progressed to phase III
Olwen Glynn Owen
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.
24 Nov 06
AstraZeneca's third biggest-selling drug, Toprol XL, has come up against generic competition sooner than anticipated after losing its protection against copycat launches. AstraZeneca has responded by reaching an agreement with US generic firm Par Pharmaceutical to distribute and supply a 25mg generic version of Toprol XL, a strategy that could be used with its other drugs facing patent expiry.
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
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.
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
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.
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…
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
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.
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
19 Sep 06
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
11 Sep 06
i3 Pharma Resourcing focuses on the provision of high calibre clinical research personnel to the pharmaceutical industry, via our permanent and contract resourcing services. If you have recently been involved in the recruitment of clinical research staff, you will be aware that there continues to be a shortage of trained, experienced CRAs. With pressures on both human and financial resources throughout the industry, new staff are required to “hit the ground running”.
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
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.