In the past I have railed against misinformation on the web and those who use this misinformation to support their beliefs. In particular I have spoken at length about the misinformation concerning vaccinations – that there has been no credible evidence – ever – that vaccination cause any type of permanent maladies or side effects. And yet – people still think vaccines are evil and should be avoided.
Whether it’s for internal comparisons, or for measuring the effectiveness of...
Biosimilars have received a lot of attention and “buzz” lately. And, as the FDA continues to...
Harold Ramis, one of the great comedic geniuses of my generation and arguably one of the greatest of all time – passed away recently. For those that know of him, and for those that don’t his resume of comedy classics include Animal House, Ghostbusters, Groundhogs Day, and Caddyshack among a slew of other movies.
Serialization and traceability can be powerful tools to combat drug counterfeiting and the pharmaceutical grey market. This is hardly a new concept, and many voices have been raised in their favor. But not all players in the pharmaceutical industry have rushed to implement them.
When I was a kid – a long, long time ago – you either took your medicine or died. At least that’s what my mother told me. Medicine back then never tasted good – it wasn’t supposed to – it was supposed to make you feel better – end of discussion.
The recent Ranbaxy citation (UCM382514) is worth the review as it gives us cause and effect relationship between the state of pharmaceutical manufacturing and regulations.
What do Maslow's hierarchy of needs and pharma have in common? On the surface, it might seem they have nothing in common. However, there are many points of connection in today's global economic landscape where the world has not only flattened but also shrunk.
Recently, I was listening to a radio news broadcast discussing the 50th anniversary of the first salvo in the war against cigarettes and the efforts to reduce deaths from lung cancer. I heard a commentator say that lung cancer is still the most lethal form of cancer in America. I was curious as to why they chose the term “lethal”.
The human race has one significant weakness. We all want to know what the future holds for us, and we want to know now -- hence the popularity of fortune-telling and such "fields" as astrology. In our desire to predict tomorrow, however, we often forget simple cause and effect.
Numbers have different meanings in different contexts or scenarios. In pharmaceuticals, a billion, or billions, in sales would define a blockbuster, while anything less than that would be seen as a marginal success, or even a failure. However, in the generics world, millions represent a sizeable business opportunity.
This past summer, when news of regulatory noncompliance troubles in the region reached a high point, I asked Indian pharma CEOs in a post on this site whether they had lost their chance to innovate.
I’m the guy who looks down his nose at every new health trend and scoffs at those who embark on low-carb diets or overindulging on pomegranates or chugging wheat grass juice or slathering their hands with anti-bacterial soap, or downing multi-vitamins and supplements like Halloween candy.
There’s a great commercial on television in which one person asks another, “Where did you read that?” and the questioned person responds, “On the internet. They can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true.” That simple exchange typifies what I’m seeing as a growing trend – if you have a point of view, and you need some sort of citation, footnote, or endorsement for your position – just look to the internet and you can find it.
Who are the technical innovators in the US? The image we often have is that of the young Silicon Valley geek or the surfing California biopharma scientist -- sometimes brash and unafraid to challenge authority and champion new and better ideas.
If you have ever bought something, brought it home, only to find an essential part is missing, I feel for you. Imagine buying an expensive new flat-screen TV. You’ve done your research, found it at a great price. Made the purchase, Brought it home. Unpacked it. Set it up – and wait – where’s the power cord?
The pharmacy that I use, a branch of one of the country’s biggest chains, has always made automated calls to some degree. Up until recently, these calls were fairly innocuous usually running along the lines of “Your prescription is ready for pick-up”. But now, they have added an interesting new wrinkle.
As I’ve gotten older it has become apparent to me that I’ve been collecting more and more prescriptions. This seems to be the trend amongst Americans – as we get older we invariably need more pills to manage our various maladies. I have reluctantly accepted this as an inevitable fact of growing older and was rather comforted that we have advanced to a point where there is a pill for everything.