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Daiichi Sankyo Faces Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeSix current and former female pharmaceutical sales representatives have filed a $100-million gender discrimination lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo in a US district court. The company employs around 3000 people in the US. Read more »

Unlicensed Medicines Woes in the UK

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeI’ve written frequently about the problem of counterfeit medicines in the United Kingdom and how the country’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is working to prevent these, but counterfeits are not the only potentially dangerous medicines that are becoming increasingly prevalent. In a recent news release, the MHRA explained it is receiving a growing number of reports of unlicensed medicines being sold across the UK. Read more »

Pharma’s Most Productive Innovators

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeConsultancy firm IDEA Pharma has released what it calls a ‘Productive Innovation Index’, which ranks pharmaceutical companies based on their ability to successfully commercialise new innovations. The company has been published the index for three years and uses publicly available data to reach its conclusions. Read more »

Era of the Biosimilar: The Inevitable Change

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeBiosimilars. They bring cheap prices to patients and healthcare payers, but for biopharmaceutical companies, such products impact the sales of innovative biopharmaceuticals. The pros and cons of biosimilars have been under discussion for some time in the bio/pharma industry, but the debate is now gaining increased momentum as the US moves closer to solid guidance concerning the development of biosimilars. Read more »

Pharma’s Reputation in Decline

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeThe pharmaceutical industry does not have a good reputation among patients and consumers.

This may seem like an unfair situation given the fact that medicines produced by the pharmaceutical industry save millions of lives each year, but humans are far better at focusing on the bad things than the good, and recent recalls, controversial pricing policies and lawsuits have definitely given people reason to focus on the negative side of the pharmaceutical industry. Read more »

When Will Pharmacogenomics Live up to its Promise?

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeIn about 20 years and with a cost of around $10 billion. That’s the estimate given by researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the US who used quantitative modelling to forecast how much time and money would be required before pharmacogenomics could be expected to be used in clinical care. Read more »

Microchips and Video Games: Innovations in Healthcare

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeOnce upon a time in the world of healthcare, the only competition for a pharmaceutical company was other pharmaceutical companies.

Times have changed. Pharma companies are now competing with many nontraditional players in the healthcare arena, including electronic and mobile health firms, retailers, financial services companies and IT firms. Healthcare is no longer about just making a new medicine, but about creating greater value for patients, providers and payers, and encouraging a more active and healthy lifestyle.

In PharmTech, we often talk about manufacturing innovations, such as new dosage forms or more efficient manufacturing techniques, but today I’m going to look at some of the innovations that have been made in the healthcare industry as a whole. Read more »

Sanofi Campaign Targets Counterfeit Medicines

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropePassengers travelling via Air France this December will see an in-cabin movie made by Sanofi to raise awareness about the dangers of counterfeit drugs.

According to Sanofi’s video, up to 10% of the world’s medicines can be counterfeit. In industrialised countries, counterfeit medicines are rare and many patients and consumers may not be fully aware of the dangers. In other locations, however, such as some countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and in emerging markets, counterfeit medicines may comprise 20–30% of the market. Travellers are not always aware of the risk when venturing to another country. Read more »

Personalised Medicine: Pharma’s Golden Era?

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeA golden era of productivity awaits the pharmaceutical industry in 2020, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In an industry that seems to be dominated by headlines of job cuts and low growth, it’s a relief to hear positive news that suggests there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Read more »

ABPI Issues Call to Improve UK Pharma

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeThe head of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry has issued a stark warning about the state of the UK’s pharmaceutical industry. In particular, concerns have been raised about the lack of new medicines being used by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), which has affected the profits of the pharmaceutical industry and led to a decline of R&D in the country. Read more »

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