Pharma

By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2015
The FDA approved its first fully remote clinical trial in 2012, but that attempt, by Pfizer and Exco InTouch, ended up folding and plans for a mulligan never came to fruition. Now Sanofi is backing another attempt at a fully remote trial, this time in Europe. Scotland-based eClinicalHealth will run the trial, called the VERKKO trial. "This whole mechanism of doing studies in this manner is being...
By Aditi Pai January 30, 2015
San Francisco-based Glow, maker of digital health tools for women, integrated Walgreens' Prescription Refill API into its app so that Glow users can refill their birth control prescriptions directly from their Android or iOS app. This refill feature extends to Walgreens subsidiary Duane Reade as well. Walgreens first made its medication refill API available to developers in February 2013. The...
By Jonah Comstock January 29, 2015
Less than a month after announcing its partnership with Novartis, Qualcomm is adding another big pharmaceutical company to its list of 2net partners: Roche, who will use Qualcomm Life's 2net platform to capture patient data from connected devices, starting with anti-coagulation meters. “This collaboration marks a significant milestone for Roche as we launch a new generation of point-of-care...
By Aditi Pai January 28, 2015
Biogen Idec used Fitbit bands in a previous study Biogen Idec has partnered with Google X, Google's business unit for long-term “moonshot” projects, to study outside factors that might contribute to the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a report from Bloomberg. Google and Biogen will use sensors, software, and data analysis tools to collect and analyze data from people who...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2015
A recent study from San Francisco-based mscripts and retail pharmacy Avella Specialty Pharmacy found that mscripts mobile pharmacy app helped Avella's HIV patients to become more adherent to their medication. The Avella-branded app, created by mscripts, includes refill reminders, dosage reminders, and other medication management features. Some 224 HIV patients used mscripts' app in the study,...
By Jonah Comstock January 14, 2015
Dr. Sachin Jain, who left his position as Merck's Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer last month, will start work as Chief Medical Officer of CareMore Health System on January 19, MobiHealthNews has learned. CareMore, a subsidiary of Anthem, is an integrated care plan that combines a Medicare Advantage plan with 24 care centers around the country. The position at a health insurance...
By Jonah Comstock January 13, 2015
Norwalk, Connecticut-based medication adherence platform company HealthPrize says it has succeeded in raising medication adherence an average of 54 percent across a series of pharma-sponsored pilot programs for various medical conditions, with sample sizes ranging from 250 to more than 7,000. That's a 54 percent increase in the mean total number of prescription fills per patient. HealthPrize,...
By Jonah Comstock January 12, 2015
Qualcomm is already one of the biggest investors in digital health, according to Rock Health. Qualcomm and Novartis, which announced a partnership just last week for mobile-enabled clinical trials, will also be banding together to start an investment firm, the companies announced ahead of the JP Morgan Healthcare event this week. Qualcomm Ventures and Novartis will leverage up to $100 million...
By Jonah Comstock January 12, 2015
Ingestible sensor company Proteus Digital Health and computer giant Oracle have integrated Proteus's digital health feedback system, which includes an ingestible pill sensor, a wearable patch, and a software system, with Oracle's InForm software for data collection. Clinical trial researchers using Oracle's software will now be able to track patients' medication adherence with Proteus's...
By Jonah Comstock January 8, 2015
Qualcomm's 2net Hub Qualcomm Life announced two major partnerships at CES15 this year: one with pharmaceutical company Novartis and the other with pharmacy chain Walgreens. Novartis selected Qualcomm Life as a partner for its global Trials of the Future program, in which Novartis is endeavoring to use more mobile technology in its clinical trials and to provide connectivity for future Novartis...