17 Aug 11
Almost irrespective of the country you live in, the increasing costs of healthcare are unavoidable. For governments, the stresses are particularly acute, as both aging populations and the increasing cost of treatments add financial pressures year on year. Yet as a new study by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) confirms, we should not underestimate the extent to which the shape of the state has already changed.
Max Golby - PharmiWeb Field Reporter
27 Jun 11
At a moment when the national discourse on international aid is grounded in pessimism, David Cameronâs pledge to commit ÂŁ814m to help vaccinate the worldâs poorest children provides an necessary reminder of what international aid really can achieve.
31 May 11
Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia ÂŽ) delivered rapid and consistent improvements in a broad range of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients after 12 weeks of treatment regardless of whether or not they had received prior TNF inhibitors or whether or not they were receiving concomitant DMARDs, concluded the latest analysis of the Phase III b REALISTIC trial presented at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) meeting in London, May 25-28 (abstract FRI021).
10 May 11
Both drugs are protease inhibitors (PIs) and are designed to block an enzyme that helps the hepatitis C virus replicate. Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus, which is transmitted through contaminated blood. The infection can cause liver failure and liver cancer.
Rhonda Siddall-Freelance Medical Journalist and Writer
03 May 11
Brand managers and marketing leads are always striving to gain that first step of engagement, particularly in our world of pharmaceutical manufacturing. And with good reason. Customer engagement leads to improved understanding, which drives loyalty and ultimately improved health.
Eric Boothe, Director Business DevelopmentâLife Sciences
25 Mar 11
Since the very dawn of Western capitalism, competition has been synonymous with success. Indeed, in accounting for the past 500 years of Western ascendancy in the world, Professor Niall Ferguson of Harvard University points to six âkiller appsâ. The first of these, unsurprisingly, is competition
17 Mar 11
Earlier this month the UK drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline announced a groundbreaking and progressive new scheme for graduates, whereby from 2012 the company will offer to reimburse in full the university tuition fees of the entirety its future graduate intake.
24 Feb 11
After six months of sometimes lively pursuit, the French pharmaceutical group, Sanofi-aventis, has agreed a deal to pay $20.1bn in cash for U.S. biotech firm Genzyme Corp after Sanofi made an increased offer of $74 per share.
Max Golby - PharmiWeb Field Reporter
22 Feb 11
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter are all the rage â thereâs no escaping them, theyâre everywhere â even in the workplace, and whether you like it or not, theyâre not going away.
Catherine Gutsell, CK Group
07 Feb 11
If you are new to using PharmiWeb.com to find a new job, you'll soon realise that we have thousands of jobs listed and that they change every day. This means you may initially find the task a bit daunting.
However, itâs not really that hard, and with a bit of thought, you will soon be asking why you didnât do it years ago.
19 Jan 11
When David Cameron recently found himself in the hot seat on the BBCâs Andrew Marr Show, one policy area brought challenges beyond all others. Healthcare reform, Mr. Marr suggested in a short exchange, is swiftly becoming a major source of controversy for this government.
02 Dec 10
As a result of a vote taken in the European Parliament earlier this week, patients in the European Union will receive improved information on prescription drugs, in addition to being protected from some of the more potentially exploitable clauses of the Commissionâs proposed Directive on Information to Patients.
22 Nov 10
With the global economy remaining stagnant, big pharma companies are keen to develop blockbuster drugs that have a high financial ceiling. Rodger McMillan, VP of R&D at Astra Zeneca has said that âbig pharma is a cash-rich industry â it has to be,â namely because of the huge costs in developing new drugs â sometimes as much as $200 million.
18 Nov 10
In the USA alone, when your neighbor is out of work it is a slowdown, when your
family member is added it becomes recession and when you too join the same line
than it surely becomes a depression. The unofficial employment in USA being claimed at 15-25 percent while the economical turnaround seems a mirage; the closer you get the clearer becomes the reality, nothing but refractions.
16 Nov 10
In many ways, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) embodies many of the characteristics that define the NHS. In a system of universal access â and in a world where resources are finite â tough decisions inevitably have to be made. And by taking difficult decisions, particularly in reference to end of life care, NICE attempts to make the most of the drugs budget we do have.
12 Nov 10
Epratuzumab, a new humanised IgG1 monoclonal antibody that acts on CD22 (a molecule preventing over-activation of the immune system and emergence of auto-immune diseases) has shown promise as a potential treatment of moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) according to results of a new study EMBLEM.
Olwen Glynn Owen
11 Nov 10
Large pharma has been seeking new biomarkers for years â all part of their drug discovery process, but often only as an afterthought in the development process. Thatâs changed over recent years, but by-and-large the bulk of biomarker work remains in the hands of small -to -medium-sized companies whose focused approach is more attuned to biomarkers being a major element of a final product.
04 Nov 10
Most pharmacologists will acknowledge that nutrition is important for good health and well-being, however, at the same time it is also considered to be a chemical nightmare with unknown effects. This has not always been the case, in the past connections between pharmacology and nutrition has been more intimate, as Hippocrates once stated, ââLet food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.
Johan Garssen, PhD, Conference Chairman
03 Nov 10
Reshaping the pharmaceutical industry's quality standards is currently the top priority for the Chinese government. Earlier announcements by its Ministry of Health to issue new tougher Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) standards for medical products comes at the right time as current regulations do not meet international standards which result in poor performance by Chinese companies in the international market.
27 Oct 10
Now more than ever, alternative science and holistic remedies are playing a role in our lifestyles. But is that right? Over the past year, we've reported on everything from homeopathy to hypnotherapy. Importantly, we've differentiated between those approaches with at least a modicum of evidence to support them, and those without almost any at all. Yet in contrast to homeopathy, perhaps it can be said that our next target has at least a little science to support it.
20 Oct 10
Last week Pharmaceutical heads met as a result of a drugs recall after a pill mix up of breast cancer pills. The drug, Fresenius Kabiâs Anastrozole, was made by the German companyâs subsidiary in India. The ingredient mix up led to the voluntary recall of 7,192 bottles, each containing 30 tablets.
Emma Naylor- NG Online