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Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, July 2

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, July 2

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Biogen pursues orphan eye-disease treatments; Novo Nordisk will stop selling Tresiba in Germany over price controversy; the switch to Prevnar 13 is expected to lower costs

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 1

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 1

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Purdue withdraws plans to participate in FDA meeting on painkillers; Allscripts takes 10% stake in NantHealth in advance of IPO; union advocates to end pharma support for CME

Manufacturers pay $6.5 billion to healthcare providers in 2014

Manufacturers pay $6.5 billion to healthcare providers in 2014

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The government released new data showing how much pharma and device companies spent for research and marketing purposes last year.

Study shows pharma compensates genders differently

Study shows pharma compensates genders differently

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A dive into financial relationships between industry and doctors showed women receive less money for research, education and speaking than men.

Open Payments database draws 1M visitors

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last year published 4.45 million records about financial relationships between industry and HCPs.

Open Payments glitches limit submissions

Open Payments glitches limit submissions

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The CMS said the issues should be resolved this week and will not affect this month's deadline for companies to submit payment data from 2014.

Survey shows docs shrug off Sunshine

A MedPanel survey indicates doctors have not changed their business practices since the Open Payments database went live.

Open Payments website 'temporarily' taken offline

The pharma payment verification site has been temporarily shut down by CMS due to incorrect information, ProPublica reported today.

Doctors want to know how CMS plans to display Sunshine payment data

Doctors want to know how CMS plans to display Sunshine payment data

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Physician and industry trade groups are asking CMS to explain how context will be provided to the general public around the dollar sums drugmakers ascribe to doctors for things like meals, travel, gifts, consulting and research

Payment database confounds doctors

ProPublica reports that doctors are struggling with a time-intensive registration process and are getting an error message that CMS says is not an error message.

Medicare numbers trigger physician anger

Wednesday's coverage of doctor pay roiled physicians who say the CMS data set oversimplifies payment information and skews reality.

Sunshine data highlights major billers

Facts tucked among the 9.2 million lines of data: 2% of doctors account for around 25% of Medicare billing.

Glaxo onboards promotional doctors

The drugmaker revealed part 2 of its plan not to pay doctors to speak on GSK's behalf: it will make them employees.

Companies view Sunshine differently

Companies view Sunshine differently

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A report indicates pharma companies do not agree on what research needs to be reported.

House members oppose CMS stance on reprints

Their letter to CMS voices disagreement with the decision to make textbooks and journals reportable under the Sunshine Act.

Many unclear on 2013 Sunshine data

Many unclear on 2013 Sunshine data

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A poll by consulting firm QPharma indicates doctors are in the dark about what needs to be reported and what will be revealed.

Good day, Sunshine: Tools help docs track payments

Good day, Sunshine: Tools help docs track payments

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With a new era of transparency for doctors and life science manufacturers kicking off today, here's how some organizations are keeping physicians informed.

Industry pushing for further clarity on Sunshine Act

Industry pushing for further clarity on Sunshine Act

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With a clear buffet exemption in-hand, the agency's position with respect to CME meals seems pretty clear. Industry is pushing for more clarity around the treatment of accrediting bodies.

Business briefs: Reps mum on adverse events; FCC's new mHealth director; med schools tighten speaking limits

A study finds sales reps find time to talk benefits, but not risks, even when touting black-box drugs; FCC has named its new mHealth director; pharma scaled back its food budgets last year; and AMSA says 18 med schools now ban faculty from speakers bureau participation

Business briefs: BMS, Sanofi, UK Sunshine

BMS fills week's end with shakeup and collaboration news, European regulators tamp down on rare disease drug pricing, association estimates pharma wooed UK docs with $61 million in gifts last year.

Business briefs: AstraZeneca, Everyday Health, J&J

AstraZeneca loses in patent court and Pulmicort goes generic, Barbara Ryan joins FTI, Everyday Health and Mayo Clinic expand their advertising alliance, analyst says Ivokana side effect could limit sales

Gift study shows med students still being comped

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Gift bans or no, students still connect with drug companies, a study has found.

Sunshine spawns fresh questions for med ed

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New transparency rules set to lay bare financial ties between physicians and pharma will be a mixed bag for medical education, providers say.

CMS warms to some stakeholders, burns others with Sunshine rule

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Clinical Research Organizations, marketing research firms, accredited CME providers and lawyers look to be the big winners in CMS's Sunshine Act rule.

Researchers find schools minting pitch-resistant docs

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A BMJ study finds that medical school gift bans make doctors less likely to prescribe a new drug. Also of note: consumers think money motivates some doctors' recommendations.

CMS releases "Sunshine" final rule: federal preemption, August start date

CMS releases "Sunshine" final rule: federal preemption, August start date

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CMS issued its long-delayed final rule for collecting data on industry payments to physicians, ordering data collection to begin in August and asserting that the federal law preempts state laws.

Business briefs: Abbott, Sunshine, Allergan and Watson

Abbott releases its 2012 numbers, Sen. Grassley demands Sunshine Act action from CMS and Allergan and Watson flex their purchasing power.

Company news: Edelman, CMS, McKesson

Edelman nabs a GolinHarris exec, CMS submits Sunshine regs and McKesson expands its e-coupon reach.

GSK's Connelly: We've changed our ways (and please don't imprison execs)

GSK's Connelly: We've changed our ways (and please don't imprison execs)

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GlaxoSmithKline's Dierdre Connelly peeled back the curtain on the company's sales force incentives revamp in a speech to the Pharmaceutical Regulatory and Compliance Congress, and pleaded for recognition that the industry had cleaned up the sketchy practices of the Blockbuster Era.

For Bay State, "modest meals" are in the eye of the beholder

For Bay State, "modest meals" are in the eye of the beholder

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As the Massachusetts Department of Public Health deliberates the exact shape of a rule change allowing industry-sponsored meals for physicians in speaker programs, pharma foes and industry advocates are squaring off over the definition of "modest meals and refreshments."

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