Biotech Needs to Focus on Demonstrating Product Value

VLUU L110  / Samsung L110Ernst & Young recently released its annual biotechnology industry report, Beyond Borders: Matters of Evidence, stating that while the major players are performing well, it is essential that small- to mid-size biotech companies focus on demonstrating the value of products in their pipelines instead of just creating a drug that works. If not, they will lose out in a challenging environment, especially now that there is a global shift towards evidence-based healthcare. Read more »

President Obama’s Plans for Healthcare Reform and Job Growth

President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Feb. 12, 2013 touched on some issues that may directly impact the pharmaceutical industry: healthcare reform, innovation, and job creation. So how has the pharmaceutical industry responded?

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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 »

Key Healthcare Challenges for Obama, Congress

Jill Wechsler Washington EditorEfforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) died on election day, as President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House and the Democrats maintained control of the Senate. House Republicans will continue to challenge various provisions in the health care legislation, but key provisions for pharmaceutical companies, such as rebates on drugs for seniors in the Part D coverage gap and authorization for biosimilars, are unlikely to change. Read more »

What Does Overturning ACA Mean to Pharma?

Guest blog written by Reid Paul.

In contentious three days of hearing on the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court now seems far more likely to overturn the landmark legislation. Given the strong support the bill originally received from the industry, does overturning it benefit or hurt pharma? Read more »

Celebrity Chef and Pharma Unite

Stephanie Sutton Pharm Tech EuropeEarlier this week, Novo Nordisk launched a diabetes initiative in the US that stars the celebrity chef Paula Deen. Usually, it’s the pharma company that gets the sharp end of the stick when it comes to criticism but this time the negative attention has fallen on Deen, with Norvo Nordisk barely getting a mention in many news sources. Read more »

Debt Ceiling and Debt Reduction: An Unwelcomed Rx for Pharma

Patricia Van Arnum PharmTech editor As the White House and Congress battle the looming deadline to raise the country’s debt ceiling, what are the potential implications of the various debt-reduction proposals on the pharmaceutical industry? Read more »

Bayer and “the Fairer Sex”

Erik Greb PharmTech editorHaven’t we heard this story before? Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals faces a class action suit alleging that it discriminates against its female employees. In late May, the class bringing the suit expanded to include female sales representatives and all women in the company’s Consumer Care unit. The employees’ complaint alleges that Bayer is hostile toward women, pays them less than it pays men, and retaliates against women who object to these conditions. Read more »

Will the Vise Tighten on Pay-for-Delay Agreements?

Erik Greb PharmTech editorThe Federal Trade Commission opposes them. Lawmakers have tried and failed to abolish them. Soon, the US Supreme Court may rule on their legality. The future of pay-for-delay agreements, which pharmaceutical companies use to postpone the introduction of generic drugs to the market, could hang in the balance. Read more »

Is Healthcare Reform Socialism?

Erik Greb PharmTech editorThe dust has partly settled since President Obama signed the “Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010.” By now, analysts have had a chance to examine the act’s details and get a sense of what practical effects the legislation will have. So what will healthcare reform mean for pharmaceutical manufacturers? Read more »

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