Author Archives: Jill Wechsler

Social Media Raise Concerns for Marketers, Trial Sponsors

While biopharmaceutical companies are using websites and third-party postings to provide information on medical products — despite a host of regulatory issues — social media use is in its infancy related to the design and conduct of clinical trials. A recent report from the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (http://csdd.tufts.edu) finds that […]
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Obama Administration Halts Attack on Medicare Drug Plans

In an abrupt about-face, the Obama administration halted its ill-timed effort to launch an overhaul of the Medicare Part D program and announced it would not pursue changes in some key rules as proposed earlier this year. CMS had issued a proposed rule January 10 to drop “protected” class status for antidepressants and immunosuppressants in […]
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Obama Budget Takes Slap at Pharma

Despite a slight boost in funding for the Food and Drug Administration and stronger tax incentives for investment in R&D, significant changes in Medicare drug reimbursement and coverage policies have biopharmaceutical companies up in arms.
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Track-and-Trace Not Enough to Halt Drug Counterfeiters

Despite recent legislation to establish a more secure pharmaceutical supply chain to deliver high quality, approved medicines to American patients, efforts to block the import of substandard, fraudulent, and counterfeit drugs remains an uphill fight. Criminals are expanding from “lifestyle” drugs to widely used anti-cholesterol and cancer medicines, attracted by huge profits and low risks […]
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Drug Shortages Continue to Plague Health Care System

Despite notable successes in preventing and mitigating short supplies of important medicines, the drug shortage crisis still disrupts medical treatment and gives drug manufacturers a bad name. The Food and Drug Administration is doing a better job of identifying potential shortage situations and implementing relief strategies, but many supply problems continue to limit treatment options […]
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