2022

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‘One needs to feel safe’: Racism can put sleep — and its health benefits — out of reach

STAT

Lots of people struggle to get enough sleep — and the responsibility for fixing the problem tends to fall on the individual. Experts offer advice like reducing screen time, exercising more, or just going to bed earlier in the evening. But many restless nights can’t be solved with blackout curtains, ear plugs, or other typical suggestions.

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Biotech spotlight: Twist Bioscience aims to remove limits on drug discovery with DNA synthesis platform

PharmaVoice

As ‘the Amazon of DNA,’ Twist CSO, Aaron Sato, discusses the company’s breakthrough approach to DNA production and its expansion into drug development.

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UK digital health project aims to tackle dysfunctional breathing

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A collaboration between academic centres in the UK has won government funding for a digital approach to dysfunctional breathing or dyspnoea, a symptom that affects around 10% of the population. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has set aside £400,000 (almost $490,000) for the project, which will help fund work at the Universities of Plymouth, Salford and Stirling, and the Glasgow School of Art.

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AI will continue to attract investment in near future in the healthcare industry

Pharmaceutical Technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) was seen as one of the top current investment priorities and was thought to continue to attract investment in the healthcare sector in the upcoming two years, according to GlobalData's latest report ‘Digital Transformation and Emerging Technology in the Healthcare Industry - 2022 Edition’. In this survey-based report tracker, digital media was prioritised as a top current investment target, with 53% of surveyed respondents confirming that their companies are currentl

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Position Your Pharmacy for Expansion

Speaker: Chris Antypas and Josh Halladay

Access to limited distribution drugs and payer contracts are key to pharmacy expansion. But how do you prepare your operations to take the next step? Meaningful data: Collect and share clinical data regarding outcomes, utilization, and more Reporting: Limited distribution models require efficient tracking and reporting systems Workflows: Align workflows with specific pharma and payer contractual requirements For in-depth, expert insights on pharmacy expansion, watch this webinar from Inovalon.

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Blister material as a source of nitrosamine impurities

European Pharmaceutical Review

Following numerous recalls, the industry is striving to investigate the causes, sources and ways to mitigate carcinogenic nitrosamine impurities. In a recent paper, published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics , researchers identified nitrocellulose blister packaging as a potential source of N -nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N -nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) impurities.

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Connecting your Digital Health Strategy from Clinical to Commercial

PharmExec

Thursday, July 21st 2022 at 11am EST, 8am PST, 5pm CEST Join this webinar to hear industry thought leaders discuss how data and experiences serve clinical and commercial needs, explore which platforms and technologies can enable a robust digital health ecosystem, and share recommendations for building a digital health strategy fit for your business.

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New study finds AstraZeneca booster generates higher antibodies against Omicron

Pharma Times

AstraZeneca (AZ) has reported preliminary data from a trial it conducted on its COVID-19 booster shot, Vaxzevria.

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The Bug Name Emoji Game

ID Stewardship

On this webpage you will find “The Bug Name Emoji Game” which is just like “ The Drug Name Emoji Game ” and meant to be a fun medical emoji puzzle game for people who deal with different types of microbial pathogens. Simply use the emoji symbols to decipher the corresponding organism name! These puzzles have been developed by Dr.

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Personalizing the Cancer Patient Journey

Pharma Marketing Network

In the first two weeks after a cancer diagnosis, there are likely dozens of doctor’s visits, tests, consultations, and decision points. The patient care team supplies an abundance of information, although sifting through brochures and online resources can be daunting for the patient and their caregiver. Adhering to regulatory guidelines is an important step pharma takes to ensure that promotional medical materials contain balanced information that is accurate and relevant. 1 The marketer’s goal

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When Abortion Pills Were Banned in Brazil, Women Turned to Drug Traffickers

NY Times

With Roe v. Wade overturned, states banning abortion are looking to prevent the distribution of abortion medication. Brazil shows the possible consequences.

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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Pharmacy Management Software

Are you still using workarounds to manage your daily operations? To achieve peak performance, it's time to explore other options for specialty and infusion pharmacy software. Streamline pharmacy operations and improve clinical performance with automated processing, real-time data exchange, and electronic decision support. Download this helpful infographic to: Drive efficiency and patient adherence from referral receipt to delivery and ongoing care – all with our Pharmacy Cloud.

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Opinion: Hospice care needs saving

STAT

Hospice in America is gravely ill. An extensive investigation jointly published by The New Yorker and ProPublica documented outright fraud, predatory practices, and flagrant mistreatment by specific publicly traded and private equity-owned hospice companies.

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The 2022 PharmaVoice 100

PharmaVoice

From standout executives to R&D pioneers — this year’s class of honorees is defining the next era of leadership.

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Meet Florence, WHO’s AI-powered digital health worker

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An artificial intelligence-powered digital health worker has been unveiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as its latest tool for disseminating reliable health information to the public. Originally developed by New Zealand tech company Soul Machines with support of the Qatar Ministry of Health, the first version of the virtual health worker was used to combat misinformation about the pandemic.

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Early cell therapy successes start to turn the tide in lupus

Pharmaceutical Technology

In a field dominated by antibodies and small molecules, two cell-therapy based approaches have come under the spotlight for showing early signs of efficacy in treating lupus. In September, a group from Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg reported that five patients with lupus achieved remission after an infusion of autologous chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cells led to a deep depletion of B cells.

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Robotic capsule could replace injected biologics

European Pharmaceutical Review

Scientists at MIT have demonstrated that a novel robotic capsule could potentially replace conventional biologic injection methods by tunnelling through the intestinal mucus barrier to deliver insulin. The research, published in the journal Science Robotics described how the new drug delivery system can transport large protein and small-molecule drugs, like vancomycin, an antibiotic peptide.

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The Manufacturing Edge on Path to Market

PharmExec

FDA backs the benefits of adopting continuous manufacturing, a strategy which has accelerated approval and launch timelines, and its Emerging Technology Program could be a helpful tool.

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Thérèse Coffey criticised for giving leftover antibiotics to a friend

The Guardian - Pharmaceutical Industry

Health secretary accused of ‘monumental stupidity’ for saying she had shared a prescribed medication Doctors have rounded on the health secretary, Thérèse Coffey, after she admitted to sharing prescription medicines with others, actions the British Medical Association described as both dangerous and against the law. Coffey told civil servants in a meeting last month that she had given leftover antibiotics to a poorly friend, an admission that came as the discussion on how to alleviate pressures

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Stand Up to Cancer research initiative targets pancreatic cancer

Outsourcing Pharma

Joining with a noted research foundation, the group is aiming for earlier detection and treatment of the disease, which hits nearly 500K people annually.

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Five Things Pharmacists Should Know About Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

ID Stewardship

In this article a pharmacist with advanced training and experience in infectious diseases discusses five things pharmacists should know about ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). Authored By: Lucia Rose, PharmD, BCIDP. Article Posted 1 December 2022. It was the fall of 2009; I was a proud PGY-1 resident at UMass Medical Center rounding with a large team in the ICU.

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Growth in Cell and Gene Therapy Market

PharmaTech

Biopharma focuses on streamlining biomanufacturing and supply chain issues to drive uptake of cell and gene therapies.

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A Cancer Trial’s Unexpected Result: Remission in Every Patient

NY Times

The study was small, and experts say it needs to be replicated. But for 18 people with rectal cancer, the outcome led to “happy tears.”.

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STAT+: Nine in 10 health care companies with financial stress are owned by private equity

STAT

Almost 90% of the health care companies deemed to be under financial stress by a leading credit rating agency are owned by private equity , a stark indicator of the toll financial investors have taken on a vital sector. The striking finding is part of a new Moody’s Investors Service report released this week that shows broad turbulence throughout an industry weakened by private equity’s practice of loading companies with debt, making them less resilient to challenges like Covid-19,

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5 enduring mysteries of the Barry and Honey Sherman murders

PharmaVoice

After nearly five years, the homicide case involving pharma billionaires continues to perplex investigators.

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Digital health app linked to better outcomes in heart failure

pharmaphorum

A study of a mobile health app used to support patients hospitalised with heart failure has concluded that it provided a modest improvement in quality-of-life scores, as well as better clinical outcomes. The finding comes from the large-scale CONNECT-HF cluster study, which looked at various patient engagement and education interventions to see if they could help patients with heart failure do better after discharge from hospital.

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Tapping into pharma’s growing opportunities in digital health

Pharmaceutical Technology

Soaring patient numbers are stretching hospital capacity across the globe, forcing healthcare providers and their partners to think laterally about how to meet the demand without doubling their resources. Smarter diagnostic tools and more sophisticated remote- and self-care models will have an increasingly important role to play, as long as any advances are seen to deliver excellent outcomes and a better patient experience.

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Greece slaps Novartis with €214 million bribery suit

European Pharmaceutical Review

The Greek state has filed a lawsuit against Novartis , asking for € 214 million in compensation for non-pecuniary damages* the country may have suffered due to alleged illegal payments to government officials and healthcare providers. Commenting on the lawsuit , Greece’s Health Minister Thanos Plevris, stated that the country is seeking compensation for the damage it has suffered “from the actions that Novartis itself has admitted to in the USA that concerns payments to doctors.”.

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A Culture of Quality: The Catalyst to Accelerate Innovation

PharmExec

Why enabling a shared culture of quality across an organization is key to maintaining pharma’s recent pace of innovation wins—while inspiring new levels of confidence.

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Eli Lilly receives marketing authorisation for baricitinib

Pharma Times

Treatment involves adult patients with severe alopecia areata

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Artificial intelligence stands to transform precision medicine: AiCure

Outsourcing Pharma

An expert from the AI-focused technology company shares insights as to how it can be harnessed to better interpret, and even predict, patient behavior.

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EMCrit 335 – APRV TCAV for Lung Rescue Made Simple with Rory Spiegel

EMCrit Project

Every Resus doc should be able to crash a patient on to APRV for lung rescue. EMCrit Project by Scott Weingart, MD FCCM.

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Higher Incidence of Myocarditis, Pericarditis Found After COVID-19 Vaccination

Pharmacy Times

Despite evidence of a higher risk of myocarditis or pericarditis with COVID-19 vaccination, immunization should still be recommended because the benefits likely outweigh the harms, study shows.

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J.&J. Pauses Production of Its Covid Vaccine Despite Persistent Need

NY Times

A crucial Johnson & Johnson plant has stopped making its Covid vaccine, though the company says it has millions of doses in inventory.

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STAT+: Bone marrow transplant patients could be spared from ‘bland’ diet, study finds

STAT

Whenever a hematopoietic cell transplant patient tries to get a family member to sneak food in past the nurses, Federico Stella, a resident hematologist at the University of Milan, remembers. One was a girl who tried to get her sister to bring her a panettone, a Milanese sweet bread usually eaten around the holidays. A week before Christmas, the sister tried to hide the panettone in a bag.

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'Nobel Prize of pharma' helps put Huma's digital health platform on the global map

PharmaVoice

The company’s CEO explains how its Prix Galien award-winning app bridges patient care, treatment support and clinical research.

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Could virtual reality become an essential tool for healthcare education?

pharmaphorum

The technology behind virtual reality is rapidly advancing, allowing developers to create entire 3D hospitals for training purposes. In this article, Ben Hargreaves looks at how VR headsets are being used to better educate both healthcare professionals and the general public. Digital healthcare solutions are being talked about with increasing frequency.

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