Pharma

By MobiHealthNews October 20, 2017
Led by a new commissioner in Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the FDA had a busy few months with a handful of digital and mobile technologies getting cleared in the third quarter of 2017. Consumer-focused diabetes and pain management offerings were prominent, but but by and large the clearances hit a multitude of clinical concerns and, of note, even included the first software-only digital therapeutic....
By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2017
Two years after launching its smoking cessation app Quitter's Circle, pharmaceutical company Pfizer is seeing impressive continued engagement with the app. It's also applying the lessons learned from Quitter's Circle toward other mobile health pursuits — including a recently-launched app for people living with cancer. "We can do surveys right in the app," Mark Pizzini, Pfizer's digital strategy...
By Dave Muoio October 13, 2017
Employees of Chicago-based digital healthcare advertiser Outcome Health allegedly misled the company’s clients by providing inaccurate and manipulated advertisement performance data, according to an investigation published Thursday in the Wall Street Journal. Citing interviews with former employees, advertisers, and internal documents, the Journal wrote that Outcome employees had intentionally...
By Jonah Comstock October 11, 2017
Janssen Research and Development, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, will launch the first clinical trial to use its iSTEP technology toolset, which employs smart blisterpacks and a patient-facing smartphone app, by the end of the year. iSTEP, which stands for Integrated Smart Trial and Engagement Platform, has been under development at Janssen for five years. “The mission of Janssen as an...
By Jonah Comstock October 10, 2017
Otsuka, the Japanese pharma company that makes the antipsychotic drug Abilify, has partnered with Australian digital health company Medibio to use Medibio’s system to assess the efficacy of its flagship product. Medibio uses wearable-derived data about heart rate, motion, and sleep to create objective biomarkers for mental illness. “We have proprietary algorithms and technology that use circadian...
By Jonah Comstock October 6, 2017
Pharma companies are as excited as anyone about the shift to value-based care and the ways that technology can enable it, but they’re increasingly skeptical about the speed of that change. At Health 2.0 this week in Santa Clara, California, at a panel moderated by Kian Beyzavi, principal investor at KBeyzavi and Associates, several innovation executives at pharmaceuticals talked about value-based...
By Jonah Comstock October 4, 2017
Medication adherence app maker Medisafe announced this week that the company has reached a milestone of 4 million users and more than 1 billion medication doses logged. The company also launched a new resource for pharma companies that taps into the company's massive dataset. “Once you have 4 million users and … a billion doses managed in the four years since the apps have been in the stores, you...
By Jonah Comstock October 4, 2017
After running its G4A (Grants4Apps) program in Berlin for five years, Bayer is launching a new accelerator program in the United States, the company announced at Health 2.0’s Fall Conference in Santa Clara, California yesterday. While the plans for the new venture, dubbed G4A Generator, are still being developed, Barton Warner, VP of strategy and portfolio management at Bayer, did share some...
By Jonah Comstock September 27, 2017
Abbott Diabetes Care's Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System has been approved by the FDA. As well as finally bringing the system, which is already available in 39 other countries, home to the US where Abbott is based, the approval also represents a first for continuous glucose monitoring, as it doesn't require the user to use a fingerstick, even for calibration. "From an emotional...
By Dave Muoio September 25, 2017
Sanofi and Innovation Health — an insurance company jointly run by Inova and Aetna —have announced a pilot program examining the impact of digital health strategies to improve care for Type 2 diabetes patients. The program will tap One Drop, a diabetes self-management app and Bluetooth blood sugar monitor, and Gocap, a mobile-friendly device and insulin dose management platform that emphasizes...