CDC finds that non-Medicare adults make up the majority of preventable heart attack and stroke cases; a Facebook study shows groups can influence HIV screening; and a Shire ADHD drug gets a "no" from Germany
Among social media channels, healthcare execs are most comfortable with YouTube and least comfortable with Twitter, a survey suggests.
A recent paper shows licensing boards may take action for a professional's behavior regardless of whether it is in the context of a professional setting.
Nature releases the Antibodypedia's seventh generation, Elsevier adds more board review apps, and how redefining "senior" may not save money in the long run
A teen sexual health experiment shows that Facebook can alter teen behavior.
Around a third of US adults use social media as a health resource, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers - whether seeking out medical info, sharing symptoms and experiences or rating drugs, devices, doctors, hospitals and health plans.
Weary of FDA foot-dragging on digital and social media guidance for pharmas, a group of 60-some industry digerati have put together guidelines of their own.
Genentech is sponsoring a flu education campaign featuring hereditary etiquette expert Anna Post offering advice to the flu-stricken on keeping the bug to themselves.
Facebook shut down Facebook.com/Merck after Merck KGaA announced plans to take legal action "based on the apparent takeover of its Facebook page" by its US cousin, Merck & Co.
Desperate Housewives star Dana Delany will serve as the face of Pfizer's "Women Move the World" campaign for OTC supplement Caltrate. In a twist on the user-generated content formula, she'll invite women to submit their girl power-themed stories to the brand's Facebook page for consideration as advertising fodder
EMD Serono refreshed its "Birds & Bees" fertility issues awareness campaign with a Facebook page and a music video.
Facebook sales reps told pharmas last week that they can no longer disable commenting on their non-brand-specific pages, potentially exposing them to flame warriors, spammers, adverse events reports and discussion of off-label uses that might call down the wrath of DDMAC.
Sanofi-Aventis US is expanding its social media footprint with a new "Discuss Diabetes" blog and a "WhyInsulin" YouTube channel.
A holiday digital campaign dubbed "Why the heck should I give to the Red Cross?" is playing off of an Internet meme to raise awareness of the charity among younger people.
Social networks are a "Wild West" of medical misinformation, a study has found. More than one in four comments on Facebook diabetes communities is promotional in nature, generally for unapproved products, Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers said.
A Facebook Share widget found on Novartis' Tasigna website provoked a DDMAC Untitled Letter, the fourth DDMAC communiqué Novartis has received this year.
In an effort to throttle up awareness of whooping cough, or pertussis, Sanofi Pasteur and the March of Dimes have enlisted NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon to lead their ongoing Sounds of Pertussis campaign. Jennifer Lopez was previously the celebrity face of the campaign.
GlaxoSmithKline is launching a Nicorette lozenge with a new iteration of the "Quitting Sucks" ad campaign and a Facebook contest starring TV shrink Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Allergan launched a celebrity Facebook campaign for Juvederm, on the heels of a new FDA approval for Juvederm XC, a formulation that contains lidocaine to make injections less painful.