Monthly Archives: October 2008

Distractions Abound – DTC Perspectives Day 2

Andy Levitt of HealthTalker checks in with a report from day 2 of the DTC Perspectives conference in New Jersey. I had to laugh. And you would, too. I looked around the room as the clock approached noon today during Day 2 of the Fall DTC Perspectives conference. I was amazed by the amount of […]
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Eliminate Waste (Whatever That Is)

There’s a fascinating editorial in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine by Henry J. Aaron, a healthcare economist at the Brookings Institution. Aaron argues that on average healtchare spending is not wasteful, since its benefits exceed its costs. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t waste. The trick, though, is to identify it, and as […]
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Blind Ambition – DTC Perspectives Day 1

HealthTalker CEO Andy Levitt continues his trek across the US, hitting a slew of pharma meetings and speaking at a handful of them. Here’s his wrap up of the DTC Perspectives conference in Livingston, New Jersey. The pharma Fall conference season is in full swing, and today I am happy to be in New Jersey […]
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Pfizer Responds to Adverse Events Report

A report released last week by the The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (and covered yesterday on PharmExec.com), listed Pfizer’s smoking cessation drug Chantix as the number one most reported drug for adverse reactions in the first quarter of 2008. The report states that FDA received 1,001 reports of serious side effects for varenicline (the […]
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Heat From FDAAA: Time For New GPP

Good Publication Practice, or GPP, is often the first port-of-call for companies publishing in the biomedical sector. But consider this. The first ideas for GPP were formed a decade ago, and now the time is right for GPP2: the new, revised Good Publication Practice. Why now? Pharma publication practice is a hot potato. Purported cases […]
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