Pharmaceutical Commerce - March 2009

Feds Elevate Comparative Effectiveness to Address Future Healthcare Development

May 06, 2009

Evaluating medicine and healthcare by their outcomes is now an NIH priority

EFPIA Moves Forward on Product-Identification Demo

May 06, 2009

Sweden is to be the site of the high-profile project

Sud-Chemie Package Wins Pharma Pack Award for Bristol-Myers Squibb

May 05, 2009

Container maintains an effervescent analgesic while providing patient convenience

A Data-Driven Approach to Contract Performance Monitoring and Analysis

May 04, 2009

Better use of available data can add rigor to analyzing managed-markets contracts, thereby allocating rebates / discounts more effectively

Regulatory Focus on Off-Label Promotion Is Rising

May 04, 2009

While FDA guidance on appropriate medical communication has evolved, US Dept. of Justice attention the practice is intensifying

75 Years of SoftGel Capsules

May 04, 2009

Catalent celebrates anniversary of its pioneering technology for oral solids

Even While Regulatory Mandates Slip Into the Future, Brand Protection Needs Remain

May 04, 2009

Drugmakers recalibrate anti-counterfeiting and serialization efforts

Will Closed-Loop Marketing Energize the Pharma Sales Process?

May 04, 2009

Among sales-force automation tools, closed-loop marketing is getting attention as a better way to sell

Biopharma Logistics Providers Wrestle With Uncertain International Landscape

May 04, 2009

Rising globalization of biopharma puts a spotlight on shipping processes and regulatory clearances

People on the Move-April

May 04, 2009


Eli Lilly Wins Against DHL Global Forwarding Over Alleged Bad Shipment of Insulin

May 04, 2009

Lilly’s insurers win $10-million settlement, but the case is on appeal

CMR Institute Offers New Sales-Rep Training

May 04, 2009

Distance-learning modules lead to a “Certificate of Professional Competency”

Deloitte Survey Finds Healthcare Consumers Want More Engagement

May 04, 2009

Second annual survey solidifies understanding of consumer segments

HCMA's 2nd Annual Meeting Comes to the East Coast

May 04, 2009

Agenda includes healthcare marketing, communications and education

The stakes are high in the debate over follow-on biologics

May 03, 2009

Could proposed legislation undercut the promise of targeted therapies?

In Defense of Sales Reps

May 03, 2009

Claims of the death of the pharma sales rep occupation have been greatly exaggerated

More Tools for Handling Temperature-Controlled Shipping

May 03, 2009

PDA meeting showcases widening range of resources

McKesson Jumps Into Plasma, Blood-Based Products Wholesaling

May 03, 2009

New unit will ship from La Vergne, TN specialty-care products warehouse

Armada Gathers 1,000 Attendees at its 5th Specialty Pharmacy Summit

May 03, 2009

Specialty GPO is doubling attendance year-over-year

2008 Market Summary From IMS Health: US Pharma Sales Up 1.3%, the Lowest in Decades

April 30, 2009

US total reaches $291.5 billion; dispensed prescriptions up 0.9%

Healthcare Information Technology Gets A Boost From Obama Reinvestment Law

March 29, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocates $18 billion for HIT

Oracle to buy Relsys, adding to adverse-event management capabilities

March 29, 2009

Relsys’ ‘structured signal management’ analyzes patient data for trends

Pharma service providers continue to invest in supply-chain optimization solutions

March 29, 2009

DDN goes with Axway’s Trade Activity Manager; repackager Apace Packaging chooses Supplyscape’s Nexus platform

Pharma reevaluates CME sponsorship

March 28, 2009

Drugmakers face difficulty justifying expenses amid restrictions

More authentication vendors offer up anti-counterfeiting technologies

March 19, 2009

While track-and-trace initiatives stumble along, more technology firms provide authentication solutions

New industry initiative to enhance supply-chain integrity is launched by Amgen

March 19, 2009

Rx-360 seeks to bring manufacturers and suppliers together to advance operating standards; meanwhile, Congress gets busy writing bills

Off-label prescribing enjoys health plan support

March 19, 2009

Referencing in pharmaceutical compendia and peer-reviewed literature are a guide

U.S. biopharma sales grew 1.3% in 2008, says IMS Health

March 19, 2009

Dispensed prescription volume grew 0.9%

Medication therapy management program attracts Medicare patients

March 17, 2009

Program appears to improve medication adherence and decrease therapeutic duplications


March 02, 2009

Seattle nonprofit’s implementation highlights role of pharmacist in patient care

Study finds addiction vigilance intervention effort effective

March 02, 2009

Opioid abuse detected by program that may be useful in REMS and post-market surveillance