New Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease? Maybe.

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that nearly six million Americans are living with the disease, a number that is expected to rise to 14 million by 2050. Marketed drugs such as memantine and donepezil modestly slow memory loss in some… Read »

Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to Oxygen-Sensing Research

Breakthroughs in basic research have been key to creating new therapeutic paradigms. In October, the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Gregg L. Semenza, for their… Read »

Digital Solutions to Drug Adherence

Non-adherence to medications, whether due to missed doses, drugs taken at the wrong time, or not taken at all, is a huge issue in healthcare, and can mean worse outcomes for patients. This has an economic impact on healthcare systems… Read »

The Changing Landscape for Pharma and Physician Interactions

A 2019 ePharma study from Decision Resources Group (DRG) found that an increasing number of physicians are searching for drug and treatment information on their own, rather than relying on meetings with pharmaceutical sales reps.   According to the report,… Read »

The SMA Market: Assessing the Unknowns

The FDA approvals of Biogen’s Spinraza (nusinersen) and Novartis’ gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Zolgensma, were landmark events that brought to market the first disease-modifying therapies for this often devastating, genetic neuromuscular disease. They also form the basis… Read »

New Risk-Based Oversight of Software as a Medical Device

Digital initiatives and artificial intelligence/machine learning are rapidly becoming central elements of health care. In particular, new tools, apps and devices are fulfilling a variety of needs related to clinical decision support (CDS) that can range from simple tools for… Read »

First Peanut Allergy Immunotherapeutic Recommended for FDA Approval

Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies, affecting as many as 1 in 13 children. It is also one of the most serious allergies, capable of causing fatal and near-fatal reactions. Sensitive children can react not only… Read »

The Relationship Between ICER and Industry is Evolving

The relationship between pharma and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has seen evolution, since ICER began ruling on the clinical and economic value of drugs, medical devices and other healthcare interventions. Of the 79 treatments that ICER… Read »

Driving CAR-T beyond oncology

CAR-T cell therapies – T cells tagged with chimeric antigen receptors – have only been on the market for a couple of years, but have already been hailed as a game changer in the treatment of some cancers, and even… Read »

FDA Policy Changes Spur Spate of New Diabetes Collaborations

Effective diabetes care is a complex, information-rich daily challenge. Besides lowering blood glucose levels, patients need to cope with the risk of hypoglycemia, manage the effects of their dietary choices and activity levels, and monitor the potential side-effects associated with… Read »

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