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Healthcare Reform

16 Dec 09

For over 75 years now, numerous Democratic Congressmen – and indeed several Presidents – have tried to pass something remotely resembling meaningful healthcare reform. For 75 years, they have failed. Back in 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s failed ‘HillaryCare’ died with a whimper in the Senate and Mrs. Clinton was denied her chance at a second attempt by Mr. Obama in the Democratic primaries.
Max Golby

How to get experience and make the most of it.

08 Dec 09

‘You really need some more experience’. Perhaps the most ubiquitous phrase in modern day recruitment, thousands of graduates are now at the mercy of this one requirement as increasing competition in the job market leads to rising standards. Perhaps twenty, or even ten years ago, an undergraduate degree and a forceful sense of charisma might well have been enough to net you your first role in an industry.
Max Golby

ORBIS: what is it and how does it work?

08 Dec 09

Keynes called it an ‘inducement to invest’. In this instance, the most recent financial crisis has called for many of the same approaches used in the 1930s to stimulate the economy and bring industries back to their feet. Today more than ever, we realize that education is one of the most decisive facets of any successful stimulus.
Max Golby

USA, payments to Doctors – good, bad or ugly

08 Dec 09

At what point does a conflict of interests occur? Last year – and for many years before that – U.S. drugs companies paid out tens of millions of dollars in payments and gifts to physicians and academics. Earlier this year, the Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) released a revised, and somewhat toughened, code of practice.
Max Golby

UK Visa’s and work permits – an overview for Pharma

07 Dec 09

Over the past year or so, the system for issuing VISAs and work permits in the UK has changed dramatically. A knowledge of the practical implications of the new system will be vital for anyone hoping to bring their skills to the pharmaceutical industry in this country
Max Golby

Halycon Days.. Are they over now - CSL's Perception

02 Dec 09

The phrase Halcyon days is a literary commonplace in the English language English language and culture, signifying ideals of prosperity, bonhomie, joy, liberation, or tranquility. I can testify to experiencing all these sentiments having worked in Clinical R&D for nearing 30 years. I'm not so certain we'll ever return to the same again though.
Ann Maloney BSc FICR

Top Ten Worst CV Mistakes!

26 Nov 09

I recently surveyed a range of pharmaceutical HR managers and recruiters to find out what they consider to be the worst errors you can make on your CV when applying for a pharma job. The results were quite surprising and funny at times, so I have compiled the following 10 point checklist to help you with your CV.
Mike Wood

Predicting a better future

19 Nov 09

At the Financial Times Global Pharmaceutical and Biotech Conference this week, the keynote address was given by M. Chris Viehbacher, Chief Executive Officer of Sanofi-aventis.
Paul Hartigan

PharmiWeb Solutions Talking to Jean-Luc Bélingard, CEO of Ipsen

17 Nov 09

We're having a fascinating day at the Financial Times Global Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology conference on London.
Paul Hartigan

Parallel imports – an overview for pharma

17 Nov 09

The craving for cheap drugs has never been greater. For those patients and policymakers in developing countries, the existence of parallel imports is less a concern than a blessing. Yet for pharmaceutical companies themselves, there is the concern that an increasing trade in parallel imports would severely damage research-intensive activities and ultimately slow down the development of the very same drugs that are being traded in ‘grey’ markets today.
Max Golby

Swine Flu Update: 02/11/2009

02 Nov 09

Weekly Swine Flu Update for the Week Ending November 1st.
Max Golby

H1N1 Vaccine: It’s Arrived

13 Oct 09

Ever since the H1N1 virus first came onto the world map in April, ‘Where’s the vaccine?’ has been the cardinal question on everybody’s lips. As world governments scrambled to control the outbreak, supranational bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) threw themselves at the task of producing weekly updates for a virus which we originally knew very little about.
Max Golby

HIV Vaccine: With New Hope Comes The Potential Dangers of Complacency

30 Sep 09

It is frightening because no one knows what's causing it, said a 28-year old law student who went to the St. Mark's Clinic in Greenwich Village last week complaining of swollen glands, thought to be one early symptom of the disease. Every week a new theory comes out about how you're going to spread it. - The New York Times , August 8th 1982.
Max Golby

ECCO-ESMO: Erbitux combined with FOLFIRI or FOLFOX4 significantly extends overall survival in advanced bowel cancer

28 Sep 09

A meta-analysis of the CRYSTAL and OPUS studies involving 845 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) tumours displaying the wild-type KRAS gene, has revealed first-line treatment with Erbitux (cetuximab) and FOLFOX4 or FOLFIRI chemotherapy significantly extends overall survival.
Olwen Glynn Owen

What does the multi-channel enabled pharma’ company look like?

17 Sep 09

Hardly a day goes by without a new report, today AT Kearney, last week Roland Berger and before them IMS and PWC warning of a gloomy future for pharmaceutical companies and saying that they must change their ways.
Paul Dixey, Managing Partner, BlueLight Partners

Medical Animation, Innovation and Communication

16 Sep 09

Medical animation is increasinlgy being employed by pharmaceutical companies to explain the scientific rationale behind their products.
Faiz Kermani

What Employers Really Want

16 Sep 09

In the eyes of many graduates, the economic recession has brought a new-found negativity to the job market. Thankfully, the climate is probably less dire than the situation sometimes imagined.
Max Golby

Can Schering-Plough’s asenapine improve prospects for schizophrenia and bipolar patients

16 Sep 09

More than half of schizophrenia patients are expected to relapse within two years if untreated and 4 out of 5 within five years, according to experts. Antipsychotics can reduce the relapse rate so long as patients continue on treatment. However, adherence is notoriously poor. A new antippsychotic – asenapine – shows promise of being effective and better tolerated.
Olwen Glynn Owen

Swine Flu Update: 04/09/2009

04 Sep 09

Weekly Swine Flu Update for the Week Ending September 4th.
Max Golby

The Future of e-Detailing: 2009 and Beyond

03 Sep 09

Max Golby, Freelance Journalist, takes a look at the history of the e-Detailing market, considers what the e-Detail of the future might look like and asks what marketing departments can learn from an academic analysis of the instrument.
Max Golby

U.S. Healthcare Reform: 1993 Re-Visited

11 Aug 09

As Capitol Hill readies itself for the August Recess, and as President Barack Obama demands that a bill reach his desk in the Oval Office by October, healthcare reform still finds itself in more-or-less the same quagmire as it did in 1993. We take a look at the chances of comprehensive reform this year and tackle the nitty-gritty of one of the most complex and polarising issues of Washington politics today.
Max Golby

Weekly Swine Flu Update

30 Jul 09

Weekly Swine Flu Update for the Week Ending July 26.
Max Golby

Career Focus: Medical Communications

29 Jul 09

The field of Medical Communications offers a whole host of opportunities for new science graduates - both in medical publishing and pharma.
Max Golby

NHS finances: All Bets Are Off

28 Jul 09

Ahead of the NHS Confederation Conference last month, David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS pulled no punches with his assessment of NHS finances.
Miriam George

ABPI Medical Representatives Exam bookings

27 Jul 09

ABPI have developed an on-line exam bookings website to facilitate the process of booking the ABPI Medical Representatives Exam.
ABPI

The Wireless GP

22 Jul 09

Generational stereotypes are never easy to swallow, but when it comes to doctors and an investment in social media, the new generations of medical professionals are increasingly going online for both professional collaboration and patient support.
Max Golby

Drug repositioning strategies: a different approach to innovation

15 Jul 09

With increased investment in R&D largely failing to fill drug development pipelines, the pharma industry is looking to get more bang for its R&D buck by generating some return out of failed drug candidates and extra return out of others. Drug re-positioning has become a key strategy for pharmaceutical groups, and according to Datamonitor, this approach is set to become more frequently employed.
Priyanka Adhikari

World Vaccine Congress Asia: vast regional diversity requires flexibility and targeted portfolios

01 Jul 09

Spanning one third of the globe's circumference and home to more than half of the world's population, the Asia Pacific region is incredibly diverse. This year's World Vaccine Congress Asia highlighted the enormous variation in the vaccine landscape in the region, owing to a myriad of political, cultural, economic and geographic differences.
Priyanka Adhikari

Quick Look: Alternative Therapies

16 Jun 09

Quick Look article from Max Golby about Alternative Therapies
Max Golby

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