"Some reports show that up to nine out of 10 adverse reactions from drugs go unreported. In an effort to find those possible adverse drug reactions in medications, pharmaceutical companies are reportedly searching social media for a better chance at learning of potential adverse drug reactions. There are many potential adverse drug reactions that patients might not think of to report to their health care provider, according to The Pharmaceutical Journal.
“Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are grossly under reported by everyone, including healthcare professionals, but particularly so by patients,” David Lewis, head of global safety at the Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company Novartis. Novartis is working on a three-year project called Web-RADR (Recognizing Adverse Drug Reactions) that will in part use social media information to determine if there are aftermarket adverse drug reactions in various medications. The program even uses the hashtag #pharmacovigilance."
Within 24 hours of Apple launching its platform for health research this month, tens of thousands of iPhone users had signed up to take part in five inaugural studies involving some of the US’s most respected medical institutions. A Harvard-affiliate
The bariatric surgical procedure biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch resulted in more weight loss and better improvement in blood lipids and glucose five years after surgery compared with usual gastric bypass surgery but duodenal switch was associated with more long-term surgical and nutritional complications and more adverse gastrointestinal effects, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. Duodenal switch and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass are surgical procedures used to treat severe obesity, although there is no consensus on the preferred procedure. The article by Hilde Risstad, M.D., of Oslo University Hospital, Norway, and coauthors reports on the five-year outcomes from a clinical trial that included 60 patients between the ages of 20 and 50 with a body mass index (BMI) of 50 to 60 (31 underwent gastric bypass and 29 underwent duodenal switch). Five years after surgery, the average reductions in BMI were 13.6 after gastric bypass and 22.1 after duodenal switch, according to study results. Remission rates of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, changes in blood pressure and lung function were similar between the two groups. However, reductions in total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides and fasting glucose were greater after duodenal switch compared with gastric bypass. Health-related quality of life was similar for both groups but nutritional complications and adverse gastrointestinal effects were more common with duodenal switch. Patients who underwent duodenal switch also had more surgical procedures related to the initial procedure and more hospital admissions compared with patients who underwent gastric bypass.
When it comes to researching diseases, seniors don't turn to—or trust—pharmaceutical companies very much. If pharma companies want to change this, they'll need seniors' doctors, friends and family members to sing their praises, as recommendations are the top factors that would motivate those 66 and older to visit pharma-sponsored websites.
Alors qu’il continue de s’éroder en France, entre baisse des prix et des volumes, le marché des médicaments connaît une belle progression dans le monde entier. Mais les grands laboratoires occidentaux perdent du terrain.
A new Harris Poll finds Americans favor generic prescription drugs over brand name products by a considerable margin. Eighty-one percent of those who buy prescription drugs say they would purchase generics more often than brand name drugs. A 42% subset goes so far as to assert that they would "always" choose to buy a generic drug. Older generations are especially likely to indicate that they would always go with generics (50% Matures, 44% Baby Boomers, and 46% Gen X vs. 33% Millennials).
A l'occasion de la Journée mondiale de la tuberculose, le Janssen Health Policy Centre a dévoilé mardi un tableau de bord numérique permettant de parcourir et de comparer les données sanitaires de 15 maladies parmi les plus répandues dans les 28 États membres de l'Union Européenne (UE), un outil d'analyse unique en son genre.
Despite a surge of truly exciting new medicines reaching the market, it is clear that medical professionals are giving less and less time to meeting and engaging with pharma. What can the industry do about this, and does new technology hold the...
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