Category Archives: Meetings

Open Payments: A New Dawn for Transparency

The Physicians Payment Sunshine Act, more formally referred to as Open Payments, has been in place for almost 18 months. It is only in the next few months, however, that the implications of the law and its contentious requirements will start to be fully realised. Michael Christel reports.
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FDA’s Patient Outreach: Finding Ties that Bind

Is the FDA doing enough to incorporate the patient perspective in the drug review process? This was the key question considered at a panel of regulatory experts held at last month’s annual BIO International Convention in San Diego. The consensus: while FDA deserves high marks for effort, both in reconciling the diversity of patient organization […]
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Key Clinical Trial Themes from DIA 2014

The Drug Information Association (DIA), one of the largest non-profit organizations supporting clinical research and drug development, held its 2014 annual meeting in San Diego last week. Applied Clinical Trials’ Moe Alsumidaie looks at three of the key themes from this year’s meeting: incorporating advocacy groups and patient voices in clinical research, breakthrough research applications, and […]
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Abrams Talks Social Media at DIA

“It doesn’t turn me on to send a warning letter.” –Tom Abrams, during a Q&A at DIA.  Instead of repeating his yearly Drug Information Association (DIA) conference claim that social media guidance remains among the FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion’s (OPDP) “highest priorities,” to be published in due course, Tom Abrams, director of OPDP, […]
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Winning Pharma's Super Conferences

by Stan Bernard and Janet Wells Like the Super Bowl, pharma companies are winning major congresses by using competitive conference techniques to generate brand buzz and corporate recognition. Each year, thirty-two National Football League teams compete to win the Super Bowl, the ultimate U.S. team sport championship. Simultaneously, dozens of major companies are also competing […]
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