Pharma

By Jonah Comstock February 25, 2015
Paul Ivans As payors and providers advance toward outcomes-based medicine, that shift is affecting pharmaceutical companies as well. As decisions about prescribing shift away from the doctor, who has been the primary recipient of pharma marketing for the past 20 years, to the C-level of integrated delivery networks (IDNs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs), pharma is going to have to...
By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2015
Walgreens is adding data from PatientsLikeMe to its online health dashboard, giving patients a view of possible medication side effects sourced directly from other patients. The deal represents a first for both companies: It's the first time PatientsLikeMe has allowed its data to be displayed on another company's website, and the first time Walgreens has featured externally contributed data on...
By Aditi Pai February 11, 2015
Austin, Texas-based clinical trial recruitment company ePatientFinder raised nearly $2.6 million from Parsons & Whittemore and a group of angel investors. This brings the company's total funding to about $4 million. The company closed a $1.4 million round in May 2014, according to Austin Business Journal. ePatientFinder has developed a service that helps physicians find suitable clinical...
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,...

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