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They monitor hearts, count calories … but are health apps any good for you?

They monitor hearts, count calories … but are health apps any good for you? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The Apple Watch is just the latest step in a fast-growing industry gathering data on our wellbeing
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Nursing Center - Healthday Article

Nursing Center - Healthday Article | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Lippincott's NursingCenter.com is powered by more than 50 of our leading peer-reviewed nursing journals, including American Journal of Nursing, Nursing2014, Nursing Management, The Nurse Practitioner, Nursing2014 Critical Care, and many more specialty journals.
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Statin shock: should I now take them too? - FT.com

Statin shock: should I now take them too? - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
One of the biggest medical controversies on both sides of the Atlantic recently has concerned statins, the drugs that lower cholesterol levels in your body. Virtually all medical authorities now accept that statins can lower the chances of a person
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Novartis MS drug scores positive late-stage trial result | Pharmafile

Novartis MS drug scores positive late-stage trial result | Pharmafile | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Pharmafile.com is a leading portal for the pharmaceutical industry, providing industry professionals with pharma news, jobs, events, and service company listings.
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Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs

Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Interviews with users and treatment experts suggest a growing number of young American workers are taking stimulants to enhance concentration and stamina at work.
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How wearables and mobile health tech are reshaping clinical trials

How wearables and mobile health tech are reshaping clinical trials | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Guest The average cost of bringing a drug from development to FDA approval is over $2.5 billion. But if researchers can use wearable devices to grab insights early on in a drug trial, they can cut failure rates and reduce costs.
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Richard Platt's curator insight, April 20, 7:42 PM

The average cost of bringing a drug from development to FDA approval is over $2.5 billion, according to a recent study by The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. This figure includes costs for the drugs that don’t make it through to the approval phase, and the Tufts Center notes that higher drug failure rates contribute significantly to increases in R&D costs.  -  But there’s a big opportunity here: If life science companies can get enough insight early in development, they can create a more efficient drug development process and prioritize resources for the most promising therapies. Big data analytics and new clinical technology — such as mobile health solutions and wearable devices — promise to significantly change how trials are conducted and increase the value of the data and insights that come out of these trials.  -  Advancements in computing power and predictive analytics tools enable us to process vast amounts of information and develop insights in mere seconds. Technology’s role is to bring together disparate data sources so the industry can share data and use advanced analytics to make better decisions — all with the goal of getting effective drugs to market faster.

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Health Insurers Call for Stronger Rules on Medical Devices

Health Insurers Call for Stronger Rules on Medical Devices | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The U.S. health-insurance industry is calling for tougher rules for approving and tracking medical devices, citing regulatory gaps exposed when morcellators, tools used for decades in hysterectomies, were found to spread cancer.
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Former Execs Charged With Securities Fraud at Device Maker Bought by J&J

Former Execs Charged With Securities Fraud at Device Maker Bought by J&J | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Two men who ran a device maker that was later sold to Johnson & Johnson have been indicted for illegally marketing a product for unapproved uses, according to the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts.
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Pharmalot.. Pharmalittle.. Good Morning: We’re Catching up on Actavis, Pfizer and Much More!!

Pharmalot.. Pharmalittle.. Good Morning: We’re Catching up on Actavis, Pfizer and Much More!! | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Hello, everyone, and how are you today? Cloudy skies are hovering this morning over the Pharmalot campus, where things have settled down now that the short person has left for the local schoolhouse and the official mascots have assumed their formal snoozing positions. As for us, we are dutifully concocting a few needed cups of stimulation as we dig in for another busy day. No doubt, you can relate. So time to get cracking. As always, we have assembled some items of interest. So hoist your own cu
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Gilead’s $1,000 Pill Is Hard for States to Swallow

Gilead’s $1,000 Pill Is Hard for States to Swallow | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Sovaldi, a pricey pill made by Gilead Sciences, caused Medicaid spending on hepatitis C treatments to soar last year, even as most states restricted access to the drug, leaving many low-income patients untreated.
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AARP: Consumer has to be at the center of product development and testing for digital health

AARP: Consumer has to be at the center of product development and testing for digital health | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The work to initiate the AARP’s digital health initiative Project Catalyst to set up a way for seniors to roadtest wearables and apps in a series of studies was a...
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Can This Pharma Go From Good to Great? (ACT, AGN)

Can This Pharma Go From Good to Great? (ACT, AGN) | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Will Actavis' $66 billion merger with Allergan catapult this company from good to great? Or could a hidden risk derail this global powerhouse? - Cheryl Swanson - Health Care
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70% of people on anti-depressants aren't clinically depressed

70% of people on anti-depressants aren't clinically depressed | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Some argue that society has fallen into self-medicating madness.
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How to identify which cancer drugs work best for each patient | KurzweilAI

How to identify which cancer drugs work best for each patient | KurzweilAI | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
MIT chemical engineers have designed an implantable device that can deliver many drugs at once, allowing researchers to determine which drugs are the most
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Few Consumers Are Using Quality, Price Information To Make Health Decisions

Few Consumers Are Using Quality, Price Information To Make Health Decisions | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Despite the federal government’s push to make more information available to consumers, two out of three people say it is still difficult to find out how much a doctor or hospital charges for a spec...
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Drug Firm Wants to Block FDA From Widening Market for Its Best-Selling Pill

Drug Firm Wants to Block FDA From  Widening Market for Its Best-Selling Pill | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
In a closely watched gambit, a drug maker has taken the highly unusual step of going to court to prevent the FDA from widening the market for its best-selling pill.
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Rising consumerism: Winning the hearts and minds of health care consumers

Rising consumerism: Winning the hearts and minds of health care consumers | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The intersection between rising health care consumerism and a growing retail orientation in the health care sector presents challenges for existing players.
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U.S. Medicine Spending Hits Record High - US News

U.S. Medicine Spending Hits Record High - US News | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Innovation was a primary driver while Obamacare played a smaller role than you think, a new report says.
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Doctors think lots of patients ask for medicine they don’t need. This study says that’s not true.

Patients request additional treatment in 9 percent of conversations with doctors.
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How to Make DTC Ad Warnings More Effective

How to Make DTC Ad Warnings More Effective | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The FDA recently announced that it would explore if there are better ways to help the average American understand and absorb risk and safety information in
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Mobile Health Apps: If You Build Them, Will They Come?

Mobile Health Apps: If You Build Them, Will They Come? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Mobile Health Apps: If You Build Them, Will They Come? Developers and marketers alike must keep in mind these three key drivers of mhealth apps adoption.
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Runaway cost of cancer drugs leaves painful choice for patients

Runaway cost of cancer drugs leaves painful choice for patients | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Runaway cost of cancer drugs leaves painful choice for patientsThe chair of M.D. Anderson’s leukemia department is trying to rally patients to speak out — just as AIDS patients did 30 years ago.
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