2021

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University of Glasgow reveals drug design for new Alzheimer’s treatments

Pharma Times

A team of scientists and pharmaceutical collaborators have discovered a ‘bench to bedside’ drug design, which will hopefully improve the future treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

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From patient engagement to patient centricity

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Words matter. In the pharma industry, “patient engagement” and “patient centricity” might seem like interchangeable bits of corporate jargon. But the difference between them is not like the choice between “agreeing” and “aligning” or “getting together later” and “taking this offline.” Going from the vital activity of patient engagement to the more encompassing state of patient centricity requires big steps in the evolution of new-drug discovery, development, and delivery.

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F.D.A. Aims for Full Approval of Pfizer Covid Vaccine on Monday

NY Times

Federal regulators are winding down the process of licensing Pfizer’s two-dose coronavirus vaccine, setting up an approval possibly by Monday and possibly kicking off a wave of new mandates.

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Generic Portfolio Management, Partnering with Brands, and Staying Competitive

Drug Patent Watch

This is my talk from the 14th Annual Portfolio Planning and Partnership for Generic Conference. I discuss: Identifying generic entry opportunities at the earliest stages Discovering opportunities that avoid litigation…. The post Generic Portfolio Management, Partnering with Brands, and Staying Competitive appeared first on DrugPatentWatch - Make Better Decisions.

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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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New inhaled SARS-CoV-2 antibody treatment set to enter clinical trials

Outsourcing Pharma

Memo Therapeutics AG will receive CHF 10.5m (US $11.4m) from the Swiss government to clinically develop a SARS-CoV-2 antibody against COVID-19, allowing it to start Phase 1 studies in Q1, 2022.

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Open Source “Wikipedia” for Drug Discovery

Pharma Mirror

By Kambiz Shekdar, Ph.D. Open source drug discovery was proposed in the past in connection with third-world diseases like tuberculosis and malaria, but it is in the context of first-world indications where it is needed most. Despite untold investment by numerous pharmaceutical companies, FDA-approved drugs that target critical brain functions and conditions like anxiety, depression, and sedation continue to present severe and unpredictable side effects, including suicidal ideation.

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New report sheds light on medicine shortages in Northern Ireland following Brexit

Pharma Times

Informa Pharma Intelligence (IPI) has found that some drug firms may withdraw up to 90% of their products from Northern Ireland, once the Brexit grace period has passed.

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EU backs approval of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in 12-17 year-olds

Pharma Times

Study in adolescents met it primary endpoint, successfully bridging immune responses to those observed in an efficacy study in adults

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FDA clears GE Healthcare AI algorithm for patient intubation

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An artificial intelligence algorithm developed by GE Healthcare that helps with the placement of endotracheal tubes (ETTs) has been approved by the FDA. The new tool – part of GE’s Critical Care Suite 2.0 – helps bedside staff and radiologists assess patients before intubation – for example prior to ventilation in patients with critical COVID-19 – and make sure their ETTs are positioned correctly.

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AI could be used to guide drug therapy for heart failure

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UK researchers have used artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a way to identify patients with heart failure who would benefit from treatment with beta blockers, by interrogating data from nine landmark clinical trials. The study applied machine learning to trial data involving 15,659 patients who were being treated for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), a form of heart failure where the left side of the heart isn’t able to pump blood effectively around the body.

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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Pharmacy Management Software

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Around 250 digital health apps are launching every day, says IQVIA

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There was a dramatic increase in the launch of health-related mobile applications last year, taking the total number on offer in app stories to 350,000 – and while average quality is currently “middling” it is on the rise, according to a report from IQVIA. The pandemic contributed to another 90,000 apps being introduced in 2020 – an average of 250 per day – and this coupled with rising number and functionality of wearable devices “provides evidence of digital health’s acc

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SMA Awareness Month: How pharma and digital solutions can improve patient care

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a rare disease affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord. It’s a debilitating condition that affects 1 per 8,000 to 10,000 people worldwide , impacting their ability to walk, eat, and breathe. SMA Type 1 represents an estimated 50% of all cases, for which life expectancy is less than 18 months without treatment. .

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Virtual reality therapy: The future of chronic pain management?

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Could virtual reality tools be effective in helping patients ‘unlearn’ their chronic pain? p harmaphorum speaks to Professor Christopher Eccleston from the University of Bath’s Centre of Pain Research to find out how digital therapeutics are shaping the future of pain management. A digital software developed by Finnish drugmaker Orion is aiming to address chronic pain conditions using virtual reality (VR) devices that provide an immersive gamified therapeutic treatment program.

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Older people ‘more likely to engage with digital physiotherapy care’

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Researchers in the US have found that older people are far more likely to engage with digital physiotherapy programmes digitally than those in younger age groups. Gen Xers, working-age baby boomers and retirees – collectively the over-41 age bracket – were more likely to start a musculoskeletal (MSK) programme delivered via digital channels than Gen Zers and millennials, according to Hinge Health, whose back and joint pain programme was used in the study.

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Italian ‘chatbot’ predicted COVID-19 spikes, says study

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An online tool used by people in Italy to manage their potential exposure to COVID-19 using a simple chat interface has shown that it can spot emerging trends days ahead of the national surveillance system. The decision support system (DSS) – developed by Italian digital health startup Paginemediche – provided a way for people to assess and interpret their symptoms and provide guidance on what to do next, such as self-isolate or seek out a test.

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BioNTech takes its first cancer vaccine into phase 2

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It would be easy to forget that back in 2019, BioNTech was an early-stage biotech firmly focused on cancer vaccines, before being catapulted onto the world-stage with its COVID-19 shot. Now, the German company has issued a reminder of its original R&D mission with the start of the first phase 2 trial of BNT111 – the first of several cancer vaccine candidates – in patients with skin cancer.

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Privacy issues widespread with digital health apps, says BMJ

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Developers of mobile health apps are comprehensively failing to safeguard the privacy of users, according to a study by researchers in Australia. The team from Macquarie University compared 15,000 free mobile health (mHealth) apps available on the Google Play store and compared their privacy practices to those found in 8,000 non-health apps, finding “serious problems with privacy and inconsistent privacy practices.” The range of apps put under scrutiny included tools for managing hea

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Digital fabric could be used to measure health data

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Researchers in the US have developed a wearable fabric that can sense, store and analyse data that could be used to measure physiological functions or detect illness. The team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claim this is the first example of a fabric which can record data in a digital rather than in an analogue format, allowing it to be programmed like any other digital device.

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Johnson & Johnson Recalls Sunscreen Because of Benzene Traces

NY Times

The company said it had determined that daily exposure to five Neutrogena and Aveeno sprays would not cause adverse health effects, but recalled the products out of an abundance of caution.

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DeepVerge’s nanochip-based COVID breath test could be ready this year

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DeepVerge has announced trial data showing its COVID-19 Microtox BT breath test can deliver accurate results in under 60 seconds, with a potential roll-out later this year if further tests support it. The company has already completed of the system that resembles a breathalyser in phase 1 and phase 2 studies with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the safety of laboratories.

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EU probes low platelet safety issue with COVID-19 shots

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EU regulators are reviewing reports of low blood platelets in patients who received any of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. The experts have also recommended a safety update on the label of Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, which has been linked to anaphylactic reactions, in what has turned out to be a concerning week for vaccine safety.

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Merck takes further steps to expand access to oral COVID pill

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Merck & Co has signed a licensing deal with the UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) that could pave the way for generic companies to manufacture its much-anticipated oral antiviral for COVID-19. The agreement would provide royalty-free licenses to companies manufacturing molnupiravir – originally developed by Ridgeback Biotherapeutics – for distribution in 105 low- and middle-income countries around the world.

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GDPR represents an “urgent threat” to the EU’s research leadership role

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More than 5,000 collaborative studies were thwarted by GDPR rules in 2019 – but is there a way to protect sensitive data while still allowing international health research to thrive? . A coalition of European academy networks has called upon European Union (EU) leaders to rethink how General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules are applied to health data.

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Study finds Germany trails Spain and the US in digital health

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Germany is lagging behind other countries in the adoption of digital health, including Spain and the US, according to a new survey carried out on behalf of drugmaker Fresenius. . The three-country poll found that Spain is way out in front, with over half of people asked responding that digital is already playing a major role in the networking of healthcare facilities, diagnosing illnesses and telemedicine.

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Gamification for patient care, medical education, and virtual engagement

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“Gamification” – adding game-like elements into non-game or real-world settings – has become a popular concept in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and event industries, especially as virtual engagement becomes more common during COVID-19. However, it is proving more than a mere buzzword. With diverse applications and approaches, it is quickly becoming a promising tool for patient adherence, chronic disease management, preventive medicine, rehabilitation, and paediatric care, as well as for medica

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Twin Health raises $140m for “digital twin” diabetes reversal app

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The developer of a toolkit that promises to create a “digital twin” of individuals with chronic metabolic diseases like diabetes to help model the impact of lifestyle changes has secured $140 million in funding to develop the technology. US and India-based Twin Health says the Whole Body Digital Twin platform uses Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and self-reported data within an artificial intelligence-driven software platform to generate a virtual copy of a person’s unique met

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Gene editing: beyond the hype

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Genome editing is an exciting but still nascent field, and companies in the area face as many obstacles as they do opportunities. Sangamo CEO Sandy Macrae told us how his company is being cautious about the hype and finding ways to be financially viable in an emerging space. ‘Cutting edge’ is, for once, a truly apt description when it comes to gene editing – both because the field is pushing medicine into areas we might never have dreamed possible, and because these technologies involve literall

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Health tech and digital transformation lessons from the NHS

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In the year since the UK went into its first lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19 the country’s health service has undergone an unprecedented digital transformation. . The NHS quickly scrambled to reduce face-to-face contact between patients and healthcare professionals, and manage demand for services that would soon be overstretched by dealing with the pandemic.

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Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Covid-19 Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

NY Times

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

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UK biotech ‘booming’ as sector rakes in £1.6bn in Q2 financing

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The UK’s biotechnology sector is going through a purple patch, attracting almost £1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) in financing in the three months to end-May – which is a record for the industry. The new figures – from the BioIndustry Association and Clarivate – were dominated by more than £1 billion in venture capital funding for UK biotech and life sciences companies, headlined by DNA sequencing company Oxford Nanopore’s £195 million raise in May that was just shy of the £205 million re

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UK Vaccine Taskforce head lifts lid on Novavax deal

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The UK’s unique offering as a life sciences research hub helped convince US biotech Novavax to develop its COVID-19 jab there, according to the head of the country’s Vaccines Taskforce. . Last August the UK government finalised a deal with Novavax to purchase 60 million doses of the NVX-CoV2373 vaccine, which will also be manufactured in the country at a plant owned by FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies in Stockton-on-Tees.

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U.S. Health Officials Question AstraZeneca Vaccine Trial Results

NY Times

According to federal officials, an independent panel of medical experts said the promising results announced by the company on Monday may have relied on “outdated information.”.

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What we’re expecting in 2021, and beyond…

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From telehealth to digital trials, customer engagement to healthcare data, Healthware Group outlines the key trends that are expected to shake up digital health this year. Well, it goes without saying, COVID-19 has resulted in a rapid adoption of digital technologies across all industries, most notably in healthcare. There are several important aspects to these shifts for pharma, biotech and medical device companies, so what can we expect to see over the next 12 months and beyond?

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UK left trailing as EU quickly approves Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

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The European Union has approved the coronavirus vaccine from Moderna, leaving the UK trailing because of changes to post-Brexit drug approval rules. With the UK reeling from one of the worst outbreaks of the disease, it’s a worrying situation for one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic that is relying on vaccines to bring the virus under control.

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Biden Backs Suspending Patents on Covid Vaccines

NY Times

The Biden administration, siding with some world leaders over the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, came out in favor of waiving intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines.

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