The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: September 4

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: September 4

Test your knowledge in this week's edition of the MM&M Weekly News Quiz

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, September 4

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, September 4

Longer-term use of AstraZeneca's Brilinta approved; Google streamlines health-related searches; Zarxio's price is higher than expected

New data expected at lung-cancer conference on experimental drug combos

New data expected at lung-cancer conference on experimental drug combos

The conference will offer a glimpse at new data testing possible treatment strategies for combination therapies in the first-line setting.

Sandoz: Zarxio marketing to be similar to a branded-drug launch

Sandoz: Zarxio marketing to be similar to a branded-drug launch

Sandoz plans to take a branded approach as it launches the first FDA-approved biosimilar product.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, September 3, 2015

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, September 3, 2015

Novartis launches Zarxio, the first US biosimilar; UCB sells its generic business; one-third of children with ADHD are diagnosed before they turn six

ZS opens office in Singapore

ZS opens office in Singapore

Advertising and marketing agencies turn their attention to the pharma market in the Asia-Pacific region.

Judge's ruling allows Sandoz to begin marketing its biosimilar Zarxio

Judge's ruling allows Sandoz to begin marketing its biosimilar Zarxio

The motion denied Amgen's bid for a temporary injunction that would have prevented the launch of Zarxio, the first FDA-approved biosimilar and a competitor to Amgen's Neupogen.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, September 2

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, September 2

Novartis and Amgen form neuroscience collaboration; the FDA approves a drug for people undergoing chemotherapy; a judge considers denying Pfizer's request to toss federal lawsuit

Domanico, founding creative behind Draftfcb Healthcare, passes away at 74

Domanico, founding creative behind Draftfcb Healthcare, passes away at 74

The longtime creative director was instrumental in building the powerhouse agency that is now called FCB Health.

Google and Sanofi partner in diabetes

Google and Sanofi partner in diabetes

The search giant and the drugmaker will develop new tools to monitor the disease and improve patient outcomes.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, September 1

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, September 1

Amgen gives hefty discount to Repatha in Europe; Valeant partners with AstraZeneca on controversial psoriasis drug; Pfizer now offers single packages of Viagra

Pharma sales forces should act more like 'outcomes advocates'

Pharma sales forces should act more like 'outcomes advocates'

Sales reps that focus on creating value for HCPs could find new opportunities and improved access to those physicians, according to Accenture.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 31

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 31

Kim Kardashian posts corrective information on Instagram and Twitter; DPP-4 inhibitors are linked to joint pain; doctors question off-label prescriptions of PCSK9 inhibitors

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 28

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 28

Amgen's Repatha receives FDA nod; Mylan shareholders vote in favor of Perrigo deal; doctors push for below-average price of experimental cancer drug

The FDA approves second PCSK9 inhibitor, Repatha

The FDA approves second PCSK9 inhibitor, Repatha

Amgen's Repatha will come to market priced $500 lower than the cost of Sanofi and Regeneron's Praluent.

Sunovion prepares for FDA decision on Aptiom

Sunovion prepares for FDA decision on Aptiom

The FDA is expected to announce this week whether it has approved the epilepsy drug as a monotherapy for partial-onset seizures.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, August 27

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, August 27

The FDA releases biosimilar-naming draft guidance; PD1 drugs linked to a rare type of diabetes; Amgen's PCSK9 inhibitor faces approval decision

CHC and CCC partner to offer regulatory education to agencies

CHC and CCC partner to offer regulatory education to agencies

The compliance "university" aims to help healthcare agencies and publishers stay up to date on the latest regulatory changes.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 26

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 26

Medicaid officials urged to expand access to hepatitis-C drugs; Perrigo is looking to make acquisitions; Sarepta's experimental therapy gets priority review

Diabetes device firm Intarcia taps former ICC Lowe CEO Viviano as marketing lead

Diabetes device firm Intarcia taps former ICC Lowe CEO Viviano as marketing lead

Longtime ICC leader Viviano moves to the client side to help the start-up build its marketing team and become a commercial contender.

Inovalon scoops up consultancy Avalere Health

Inovalon scoops up consultancy Avalere Health

The cloud technology firm announced it will acquire Avalere in a move aimed at growing its relationships with pharma.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, August 25

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, August 25

US patent office declines to review two Ampyra patents; the FDA expands indication for Promacta; the Biosimilars Council argues against CMS proposal for biosimilar coding

Publicis hangs out healthcare shingle in Singapore

Publicis hangs out healthcare shingle in Singapore

Publicis Healthcare Singapore will launch in September.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 24

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 24

AstraZeneca inks cancer development deal; beta-blockers may increase survival in ovarian-cancer patients; OPDP finds corrective ads are ineffective

Experts: Sprout needs to show Addyi is not Viagra for women

Experts: Sprout needs to show Addyi is not Viagra for women

Contrary to popular belief, Addyi is not the female Viagra. That's the message drug-maker Sprout must get across to doctors and patients in the coming weeks.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 21

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 21

The FDA encourages clinical testing of testosterone; Google spins out its life-sciences business; Novartis buys remaining rights to Arzerra

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: August 21

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: August 21

Test your knowledge in this week's edition of the MM&M Weekly News Quiz.

Poll: Majority of Americans support government negotiation of drug prices

Poll: Majority of Americans support government negotiation of drug prices

A new poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that most Americans believe drugmakers should be required to release information to the public about how they set drug prices.

New data sets up Jardiance to displace DPP-4 inhibitors

New data sets up Jardiance to displace DPP-4 inhibitors

Eli Lilly's and BI's diabetes medication Jardiance becomes the first blood glucose-lowering drug to demonstrate it can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, August 20

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, August 20

Valeant acquires Sprout for $1 billion; AbbVie buys Priority Review voucher from United Therapeutics; FDA approval rate stands at 89% so far for 2015.

The FDA approves sex-drive pill, Addyi

The FDA approves sex-drive pill, Addyi

Sprout plans to hire 200 sales reps, targeting 30,000 doctors, to accompany the drug's launch.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 19

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 19

Sprout's controversial sexual-desire drug receives FDA approval; prescription-drug coverage impacts cash sales at Walmart; Mylan warned about manufacturing violations

Amgen settles off-label case with states

Amgen settles off-label case with states

State attorneys general accused the drugmaker of violating state consumer protection laws.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, August 18

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, August 18

Biogen to map ALS genes with Ice Bucket Challenge funds; Merck seeks first-line indication for Keytruda; lawmaker criticizes FDA approval of OxyContin for children

Purdue debuts opioid-abuse resource

Purdue debuts opioid-abuse resource

Purdue Pharma launched a new resource around the abuse-deterrent properties of some of its painkillers.

What to expect in wake of the Amarin ruling: more truthful off-label talk from pharma

What to expect in wake of the Amarin ruling: more truthful off-label talk from pharma

But don't expect the floodgates to open. Marketers still have to take a legal route to promote such information.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 17

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 17

Court blocks generic competition for Opana ER until 2023; lawmakers question Valeant drug price hikes; Roche's immuno-oncology drug meets primary endpoint in mid-stage trial

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: August 14

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: August 14

Test your knowledge in this week's edition of the MM&M Weekly News Quiz

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 14

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 14

GSK studying Breo Ellipta in lung-cancer patients; researchers develop strains of yeast for painkillers in a lab; Wolters Kluwer acquires CME provider

ViiV Healthcare hires Porter Novelli for corporate comms

ViiV Healthcare hires Porter Novelli for corporate comms

ViiV Healthcare, a joint venture by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline, has appointed Porter Novelli to manage its corporate comms account, PRWeek understands.

Most docs are in the dark about biosimilars: survey

Most docs are in the dark about biosimilars: survey

Less than half of 300 doctors polled in a QuantiaMD survey could name a biosimilar that's under consideration for approval, and only 17% said they're very likely to prescribe one.

We're searching for 2015's Outstanding Contributor to Healthcare

We're searching for 2015's Outstanding Contributor to Healthcare

Know a very special person or group making extraordinary contributions to public health? We want to hear from you.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, August 13

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, August 13

The FDA pushed back Opdivo's PDUFA date in light of new data; lawmakers argue about vet co-pays; Merck and MD Anderson Cancer Center to evaluate Keytruda in stomach and liver cancers

Everyday Health expects growth from consolidated offerings and specialty brands

Everyday Health expects growth from consolidated offerings and specialty brands

The media company said orphan drugs and specialty medicines, like PCSK9 inhibitors, will drive the company's business going forward.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 12

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 12

J&J turns to digital marketing in China; GSK closes North Carolina facility; Kim Kardashian West's promotion of Diclegis increased online conversations about the brand

Everyday Health buys hospital marketing firm

Everyday Health buys hospital marketing firm

The company acquired Tea Leaves Health for $30 million to diversify its business.

Bad ad watchdog slams Kardashian's social-media post

Bad ad watchdog slams Kardashian's social-media post

The FDA said Kim Kardashian West's promotion of morning-sickness pill Diclegis misbranded the product by understating its risks.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, August 11

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, August 11

"Me-too" drugs may help lower costs; start-ups send doctors to your home; the FDA is likely to appeal the Amarin ruling

PCSK9 inhibitors necessitate an update to heart guidelines, CVS Health says

The pharmacy benefit manager said that the introduction of new treatments and clinical evidence on statins demands a rethink to ACC/AHA guidelines

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 10

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 10

CVS will not negotiate PCSK9 inhibitor pricing until Amgen's Repatha receives approval; more companies are looking inward for marketing help in lieu of agencies; AstraZeneca inks oncology collaboration

Judge grants relief to Amarin in off-label case

Judge grants relief to Amarin in off-label case

The decision, a setback for the FDA, allows the drugmaker to move forward with plans to legally promote some off-label information.

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: August 7

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: August 7

Test your knowledge in this week's edition of the MM&M Weekly News Quiz.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 7

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 7

CVS excludes 31 drugs including Viagra from its 2016 formulary; Sanofi partners with Evotec on stem-cell treatment development; primary-care physicians may hesitate to prescribe Truvada for PrEP

Allergan sales rise on "strong" DTC advertising

Allergan sales rise on "strong" DTC advertising

Allergan executives attributed strong sales of branded products to recent investments in direct-to-consumer advertising.

Novo Nordisk says any tussle with Sanofi's Toujeo will come down to formulary access

Novo Nordisk says any tussle with Sanofi's Toujeo will come down to formulary access

The Danish drugmaker said it expects an FDA decision about long-acting—and long-delayed—insulin Tresiba in October.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, August 6

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, August 6

AstraZeneca signs two immuno-oncology collaboration deals; UK cost watchdog goes after Pfizer over epilepsy medication price tag; Boston Globe reports drugmakers are funneling more money through CME programs

Drugs that turn cancer into a chronic disease need new marketing strategies: report

Drugs that turn cancer into a chronic disease need new marketing strategies: report

Findings of a new report suggest ways pharma should rethink its commercial and R&D decisions in light of improved survival rates associated with some cancers.

Astellas to use rugby to promote prostate-cancer awareness

The drugmaker, which sells prostate-cancer treatment Xtandi, wants social-media users to help spread the word about the disease

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 5

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 5

The FDA updates Gilenya's label over definite case of PML; generic drug companies are consolidating for negotiating power; the FDA revises guidance on DTC risk information

Firms promising Rx savings deepen ties to EHR platforms

Recent deals show these companies are expanding their EHR networks, and the number of physicians who gain access to copay coupons, vouchers and other forms of assistance.

Eylea erodes Lucentis, Avastin market share

Eylea erodes Lucentis, Avastin market share

Eylea's robust second quarter of sales can be attributed in part to its ability to erase market share of competitors.

FDA okays 3-D print technology for drug

Spritam is a prescription epilepsy adjunct delivered orally.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, August 4

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, August 4

Shire offers to buy Baxalta for $30 billion; CVS reports strong sales in specialty pharmacy; Reuters reports that new drug launches hit 17-year high in 2014

Express Scripts drops Onglyza from 2016 formulary over safety concerns

Express Scripts drops Onglyza from 2016 formulary over safety concerns

The PBM said AstraZeneca's diabetes medications Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR will not be covered next year.

Healthcare reimagined: Fortner finesses McKesson's bold vision

Healthcare reimagined: Fortner finesses McKesson's bold vision

From evolving healthcare laws to social engagement, litigation crises to media relations, McKesson's PR chief is hands-on in efforts to enhance the brand's image.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 3

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 3

Shire buys Foresight Biotherapeutics for $300 million; Novartis sold off three investigational drugs into Mereo BioPharma; new blood thinners linked to 8,000 deaths since 2010

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: July 31

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: July 31

Test your knowledge in this week's edition of the MM&M Weekly News Quiz.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, July 31

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, July 31

Lawsuit alleges CVS overbilled insurance companies for generic drugs; a Merck vaccine is shown to be effective in treating Ebola; the FDA approves Bayer's rosacea treatment

Wunderman Health acquires ABS Creative

The New York-based agency took a majority stake in the full-service healthcare agency.

Sanofi launches DTC campaign for Afrezza

Sanofi launches DTC campaign for Afrezza

The "Surprise, it's insulin" campaign follows criticism of the lower-than-expected sales of the inhaled insulin since its launch in February.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, July 30

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, July 30

Copaxone sales rise despite generic competition; Valeant to defend tax strategy; Bristol-Myers Squibb to test Opdivo with mogamulizumab in the US

Eyeing big returns, drugmakers ready new hepatitis-C drug launches

Eyeing big returns, drugmakers ready new hepatitis-C drug launches

More patients are seeking treatments with even fewer side effects and shorter durations.

Turing names J&J vet for chief comms role

Turing Pharmaceuticals hired Craig Rothenberg, who spent 20 years with Johnson & Johnson, to lead the recently founded drugmaker's communications operations.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 29

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 29

Drug spending projected to grow at 6% clip through 2024, spurred in part by pricey new medications; FDA approves new obesity device; Sanofi diabetes combo drug is better at reducing blood glucose than Lantus.

Graphic: the new hepatitis-C drug market

Graphic: the new hepatitis-C drug market

View on a quarter-by-quarter basis the competitive market for four new hepatitis-C treatments and track how Gilead Sciences' Harvoni became the market leader within months of receiving approval from the FDA.

Merck's Keytruda gains market share in Q2

Merck's Keytruda gains market share in Q2

The immuno-oncology drug is competing with Bristol-Myers Squibb's Opdivo.

Pfizer ends bid for OTC Lipitor

Pfizer ends bid for OTC Lipitor

The drugmaker told investors that the actual-use trial failed to meet the primary objectives.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, July 28

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, July 28

Sanofi plans immuno-oncology collaboration with Regeneron; Merck considers hard-to-treat patient populations for its experimental hepatitis-C therapy; drugmakers did not report 10% of adverse events to the FDA within required timeframe

MMC hires first CMO

The integrated agency's pharmaceutical business now brings in half its billings.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, July 27

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, July 27

Teva will acquire Allergan's generic drug business; AstraZeneca sells rights to cancer drug to Sanofi; the FDA approves two drugs heading into the weekend

FDA approves first PCSK9 inhibitor

FDA approves first PCSK9 inhibitor

The agency approved Sanofi's and Regeneron's Praluent, one of the most hyped new drugs of 2015.

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: July 24

The MM&M Weekly News Quiz: July 24

Test your knowledge in the inaugural edition of the MM&M Weekly News Quiz.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, July 24

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, July 24

UnitedHealth looks for refunds when drugs don't work; the European Medicines Agency recommends Sanofi's and Regeneron's PCSK9 inhibitor, Praluent, for approval; Biogen's multiple-sclerosis drug, Tecfidera, reports lower-than-expected sales growth

BMS US sales are down, despite growing Opdivo adoption

BMS US sales are down, despite growing Opdivo adoption

Bristol-Myers Squibb reported a dip in US sales for the second quarter of 2015 but noted higher uptake for its immunoncology drug, Opdivo.

Physicians Interactive acquires Quantia

Physicians Interactive acquires Quantia

The deal is expected to complement the company's digital health platform.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, July 23

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, July 23

Oncologists criticize cancer drug prices; Mylan exercises option to fend off Teva takeover; Valeant buys IBS diagnostic in latest acquisition

Praluent's FDA review looms, but questions persist

Praluent's FDA review looms, but questions persist

A next-generation cardiovascular drug is expected to be approved this week, but concerns abound about who will take it—and how much it will cost.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 22

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 22

Experimental Alzheimer's disease drugs produce mixed results; court rules in favor of Novartis in Zarxio case; Horizon Pharma increases its bid for Depomed

Allergan debuts #ActuallySheCan campaign

Allergan debuts #ActuallySheCan campaign

The new campaign seeks to connect with millennial women.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, July 21

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, July 21

Physicians criticize pricing of Orkambi, Vertex's new cystic-fibrosis drug; the EU approves Amgen's PCSK9 inhibitor Repatha; PhRMA boosts lobbying spending in the second quarter

CMS updates CME guidance

CMS updates CME guidance

New rules will require manufacturers to report some indirect payments made to physicians for CME activities.

The FDA seeks comments on DTC ad perception

The agency plans to research extrinsic factors that influence the way a patient perceives a drug.

HRM merges with Spirit Health Group to form Relevate

The agency and community program provider will form a new healthcare marketing company, Relevate Health Group.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, July 20

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, July 20

Robert Ingram sounds off on drug transparency laws in WSJ op-ed; patients with certain forms of leukemia went into complete remission after taking Amgen's cancer drug; Eli Lilly's future in Alzheimer's disease pinned to new data surfacing this week

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, July 17

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, July 17

Gilead will limit financial assistance to patients to pressure payers; Biogen reports another PML case related to Tecfidera; Valeant buys Egyptian drugmaker

NORD and University of Maryland partner for rare-disease research training

The National Organization for Rare Disorders and the University of Maryland will develop a training program to help caregivers and patients participate in research.

Patients expect pharma will boost engagement

Patients expect pharma will boost engagement

The pharma business needs to take engagement far more seriously than it has in the past. At the same time, there are signs that the industry is finally acting with more urgency and even transparency.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, July 16

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, July 16

The FDA discusses working with Google to identify unknown drug side effects; Tavenner named chief of insurer lobby group; drugmakers are starting to use cultural experts to better understand patient experience.


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