Pharma

By Jonah Comstock April 30, 2014
A team of researchers has found that, for 23 commonly used drugs, well over three times as many adverse drug reactions were reported on Twitter in a given time period than were reported to the FDA. Of course, the study also notes that the tweeted reports, referred to as "Proto AEs" (adverse events) weren't necessarily as specific or useful as FDA adverse event reports. Over a six-month period,...
By Jonah Comstock April 16, 2014
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article said Skyscape was being shut down, it is in fact being reworked and re-launched. Merck GHI-owned digital health marketing firm Physicians Interactive has launched free iPhone and Android versions of its medical content reader and physician toolkit iPad app Omnio, and will be sunsetting legacy app Skyscape Medical Resources once those apps are...
By Jonah Comstock April 10, 2014
Boston-based PatientsLikeMe, a hub for crowd-sourced patient data and an open research platform, has announced its most wide-reaching pharma partnership yet, a five-year agreement to share data with Genentech, a division of Roche. "They are a forward-looking company in the health IT space, and ... I think they're really looking at new forms of evidence and how that can improve their business and...
By Jonah Comstock April 7, 2014
Patients want pharmaceutical companies to reach out to them through more digital channels, and to offer more value-add services, according to a new survey from Accenture of 2,000 American adults who are taking one or more medications and have a household income of $25,000 or more. "Providing personalized and value-add services in support of the products they sell is common across almost every...
By Brian Dolan March 13, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland-based WellDoc, one of the earliest and best known mobile health companies focused on diabetes management, has appointed Kevin McRaith as the company's new president. McRaith most recently served as VP of Sales & Marketing at Human Genome Sciences, and previously worked at Genentech, Abbott and Baxter. In this role McRaith will report to WellDoc CEO Ryan Sysko. WellDoc's...
By Brian Dolan March 10, 2014
Redwood City, California-based Proteus Digital Health announced plans this week to open its first international digital medicine manufacturing plant in the United Kingdom along with partnerships with various arms of the UK's National Health Service (NHS) to validate its "smart pill" system. The NHS-affiliated groups that inked partnerships with Proteus this week include Eastern Academic Health...
By Aditi Pai March 3, 2014
Software company goBalto has raised $5 million from existing investors Aberdare, West Health, EDBI, and Qualcomm Health. goBalto has raised close to $18 million to date. GoBalto's main product, Tracker 2.0, offers clinicians a software-as-a-service clinical research platform for "study startup", which is the process of collecting, reviewing, and approving hundreds or thousands of clinical...
By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2014
HealthMap is a previous project from the team now studying sleep health. Boston Children's Hospital is teaming up with Merck to turn Twitter and Facebook into a new source for sleep health data -- data about how many people in a population suffer from insomnia and what they have in common with each other. "This is sort of our foray to see how we can mine social media to get an understanding of...
By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2014
TapTrak's forthcoming clinical trials app. Medical micro-journaling startup tapTrak has formally hired pharma veteran Efren Olivares, a hire that signals the company's upcoming expansion into the pharma space. New York City-based tapTrak, which raised $390,000 in seed funding last July, began its life in 2011 as a consumer-focused quantified self app, to make it easy for people to track and...
By Jonah Comstock February 4, 2014
Manchester, New Hampshire-based virtual pharmacy PillPack raised $4 million from Atlas Venture and Founder Collective, the company announced today. The company raised the money back in July 2013, and have already used much of it to build its Manchester headquarters. However, PillPack opted to time the announcement with its commercial launch, which happens today in 31 states. "We've been shipping...