Pharma

By Heather Mack November 21, 2016
When will Novartis and Google begin testing the autofocus contact lens they have been developing? Well, there’s still no clear date in sight. The pharmaceutical company announced late last week they had done away with a 2016 goal of testing a smart contact lens for people with nearsightedness, telling Reuters, “It is too early to say when exactly human clinical trials for these lenses will begin...
By Jonah Comstock November 17, 2016
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the adherence figure.  Adherium’s Smartinhaler has been shown to increase medication adherence by 43 percent and reduce hospitalization by a factor of five, according to a new study conducted at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the UK and published in the journal Thorax. The randomized control trial included 77 children with asthma. “This...
By Heather Mack November 17, 2016
Online network PatientsLikeMe, which offers information and support for people living with a chronic condition, is expanding the amount of patient-generated information it offers through Walgreens.com to enhance understanding of certain prescription medications and their effects. Walgreens started adding data from PatientsLikeMe last year, representing a first for both companies: PatientsLikeMe...
By Heather Mack November 17, 2016
Eli Lilly and Company has developed an app for people living with Type II diabetes who use Trulicity, the company’s once-per-week injectable diabetes medication that also works with a click-activated pen. The app, which has been fully functionally since September, is currently available free on iOS to anyone with a Trulicity prescription. “It’s important for people to successfully start any...
By Heather Mack November 16, 2016
Around the world, pharmaceutical companies are losing $637 billion in revenue per year from a multifaceted, but common problem: people with chronic conditions are not adhering to their medication. In a research paper by medication adherence company HealthPrize Technologies and consulting company Capgemini, the issue was described as “one of the most serious problems in healthcare,” affecting all...
By Jonah Comstock November 14, 2016
It's been two years since the FDA passed its social media guidance for pharmaceutical advertising in limited-character formats -- that is, primarily, Twitter and Google sponsored links. Among other things, that guidance stipulated that, if a company wants to tweet about the benefit of a drug, they must include the "most serious risks" of that drug in the same tweet and that tweets must contain...
By Heather Mack November 7, 2016
Pharmaceutical company Takeda is looking to up its digital strategy game, pairing with a few companies to advance clinical trials, analyze data and develop biosensor and wearable technology. Takeda has adopted the platform of Koneska Health, an early stage technology company that works with data gathered through mobile, wearable and other digital technologies to measure health indicators, to...
By Jonah Comstock October 27, 2016
Litmus Health, a company helping pharma companies use wearable devices to improve the efficiency of Phase I and II drug trials, is coming out of public beta and announcing a trial with the University of Chicago testing the effects of activity, sleep, and diet on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients. The trial is funded via a grant from Takeda Pharmaeuticals. "I see so many patients filling...
By Heather Mack October 26, 2016
Global pharmaceutical company Teva has joined forces with IBM in a three-year research collaboration that integrates with the Watson Health Cloud. The project builds on an existing alliance between the two companies and will focus on two key areas in healthcare: developing a systematic approach to discovering new uses for existing drugs and improving chronic disease management. The joint work in...
By Jonah Comstock October 24, 2016
Sweden's largest private pharmacy, Apotek Hjärtat, has launched a virtual reality app on the Oculus Rift store. The app, called "Happy Place", is designed to use an immersive virtual world to distract patients from pain. "Apotek Hjärtat want to be at the forefront when it comes to offering products and services that can help people feel better," Annika Svedberg, head pharmacist at Apotek...