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Snake Venom Could Unlock Drug Discoveries For Cancer, Diabetes

Snake Venom Could Unlock Drug Discoveries For Cancer, Diabetes | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
A new revelation has been discovered, claiming that toxins in snake venom could potentially open doors to cutting-edge drugs being able to treat severe medical conditions, such as diabetes, hi...
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FDA panel votes against taking drugs for lowT

FDA panel votes against taking drugs for lowT | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Advisors to the FDA voted against use of testosterone replacements for lowT, saying labels should narrow and more safety information is needed.
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The Industries Plagued by the Most Uncertainty

The Industries Plagued by the Most Uncertainty | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
A 2x2 matrix plots them out.
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Christine Horvais's curator insight, September 12, 9:15 AM

"Industries in the upper-right quadrant — such as medical equipment — face high uncertainty in both demand and technology. For example, who would have predicted that medical robots would perform surgeries? When Intuitive Surgical launched the Da Vinci System robot— which allows surgeons to operate using 3-D visualization and four robotic arms — the company faced significant technical as well as demand uncertainty."...

..."The bottom line is that success requires an understanding of how much uncertainty you face and the ability to manage those uncertainties in new ways."...

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A New Cancer Drug Worked In Over 25% Of Patients. What Does That Mean?

A New Cancer Drug Worked In Over 25% Of Patients. What Does That Mean? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
A new cancer drug, during a phase I trial, placed a patient with myelodysplastic syndrome in a complete remission that has lasted for more than three years. And it did so, in a non-invasive manner, setting forth a new way of treating cancer. CPI-613, a drug made by Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, benefited 29 percent of cancer [...]
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Apple Watch Is Cool. It's Different. And For Healthcare, It's Disappointing.

Apple Watch Is Cool. It's Different. And For Healthcare, It's Disappointing. | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Apple's iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch event on Tuesday was both wildly successful and simultaneously beset with bumps. Apple's livestream initially cut out. A Chinese translator frequently cut in. And the biggest disappointment: Apple's health care plans got cut from the program. After months of strategic leaks, Apple observers were ready for the company [...]
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Pharma Battles Hospitals Over 340B Pricing - Pharmaceutical Executive

Pharma Battles Hospitals Over 340B Pricing - Pharmaceutical Executive | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
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Infographic: 12 ways to put patients first in healthcare | mHealthNews

Infographic: 12 ways to put patients first in healthcare | mHealthNews | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The Innovation HealthJam, a 3-day virtual brainstorm, identified potential solutions for some of the most pressing issues in healthcare today.
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Why The 'Bigger Is Better' DTC Mindset Is Taking A Back Seat To Patient-centric POC Campaigns 09/02/2014

Why The 'Bigger Is Better' DTC Mindset Is Taking A Back Seat To Patient-centric POC Campaigns 09/02/2014 | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Why The 'Bigger Is Better' DTC Mindset Is Taking A Back Seat To Patient-centric POC Campaigns - 09/02/2014
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Gartner puts mobile health monitoring in the “trough of disillusionment” | mobihealthnews

Gartner puts mobile health monitoring in the “trough of disillusionment” | mobihealthnews | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
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Be wary of Wikipedia, say scientists

Be wary of Wikipedia, say scientists | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Richard Meyer's insight:

Scientists in the US compared entries about conditions such as heart disease, lung cancer, depression and diabetes with peer-reviewed medical research.

They said most articles in Wikipedia contained "many errors".

Wikimedia UK, its British arm, said it was "crucial" that people with health concerns spoke to their GP first.

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Pfizer is Liable for Harm Caused by a Generic Version of its Drug: Court

Pfizer is Liable for Harm Caused by a Generic Version of its Drug: Court | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The Alabama Supreme Court upheld its own controversial ruling that Pfizer can be sued by an Alabama man who claimed he was injured by a generic version of its Reglan heartburn medicine.
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Drug Channels: Retail Generic Drug Inflation Reaches New Heights

Drug Channels: Retail Generic Drug Inflation Reaches New Heights | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
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The Medical Innovation Threat

The Medical Innovation Threat | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The attack on a near-cure for Hepatitis C is a prelude to price controls, the Wall Street Journal writes in an editorial.
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Side Effect Warnings Can Increase Pharmaceutical Sales

Side Effect Warnings Can Increase Pharmaceutical Sales | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
I must not be the only person to wonder how pharmaceutical companies succeed with direct to consumer advertisements when, stuck in the middle of all their TV ads, are those long lists of side effects.  You know what I mean.  After watching a smiling and attractive person running through a [...]
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Drug pricing: A new prescription - The Boston Globe

Drug pricing: A new prescription - The Boston Globe | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The fix is not to lower inflated drug prices across the board, but to find ways of not paying for drugs that don’t work, while continuing to incentivize the creation of those that do.
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Stop Googling your health questions. Use these sites instead.

Stop Googling your health questions. Use these sites instead. | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
If you're going to self-diagnose on the Web, there are better resources than Dr. Google and WebMD.
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Statins And Diabetes: A Clearer Picture Emerges

Statins And Diabetes: A Clearer Picture Emerges | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
In recent years, the medical community has become increasingly aware that taking statins can result in slightly higher glucose levels, and this can lead to a diagnosis of diabetes in a small but statistically significant number of people. But it has been unclear whether the diagnosis of diabetes in people [...]
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▶ Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care - YouTube

Patient care is more than just healing -- it's building a connection that encompasses mind, body and soul. If you could stand in someone else's shoes . . . h...
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New DigitasLBi Study Reveals 5% of Americans Have Made a Purchase on a Social Media Site, yet 20% Say They Would Consider Doing So

New DigitasLBi Study Reveals 5% of Americans Have Made a Purchase on a Social Media Site, yet 20% Say They Would Consider Doing So | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
A global marketing and technology agency, blending strategic, creative, media and technical expertise to create business value.
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8 facts that explain what’s wrong with American health care

8 facts that explain what’s wrong with American health care | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Fact one: Americans pay way, way, way more for health care than anyone else.
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More Americans surviving cancer than ever

More Americans surviving cancer than ever | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
By 2024, there will be almost 19 million U.S. cancer survivors; those who recover face another set of health concerns
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Commonly Prescribed Sleeping Aid Linked To Doubling of Emergency Department Visits

Commonly Prescribed Sleeping Aid Linked To Doubling of Emergency Department Visits | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Based on a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),  estimated emergency department (ED) visits involving zolpidem (commonly known as Ambien) overmedication almost doubled from 21,824 visits in 2005-2006 to 42,274 visits in 2009-2010. The report, "Emergency Department Visits Attributed to Overmedication That Involved the Insomnia [...]
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What's The ROI Of A Smartphone Given To Patients With A Chronic Health Condition?

What's The ROI Of A Smartphone Given To Patients With A Chronic Health Condition? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Thanks to a pilot project announced today by Microsoft, TracFone and Health Choice Network (here) we're about to find out. Set to launch in January, the pilot project is designed to test the theory that smartphones can lower costs and manage chronic conditions like diabetes with better health outcomes. One big [...]
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Most of pharma's 2014 woes playing out as execs expected

Most of pharma's 2014 woes playing out as execs expected | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
When surveyed about their outlook, pharma industry leaders said they felt plagued by uncertainty and beaten down by budget cuts. More than half worried they would receive pink slips by the end of this year.
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How Much? Some Generic Drug Prices Are Skyrocketing: Analysis

How Much? Some Generic Drug Prices Are Skyrocketing: Analysis | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Are generic drugs still the bargain that everyone thinks? A new analysis finds that half of all generic drugs sold through retailers became more expensive over the past 12 months. In fact, the prices paid by pharmacies more than doubled for one out of 11 generics.
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The Negative Impact Of Pfizer's Mergers And Budget Cuts On Cancer R&D

The Negative Impact Of Pfizer's Mergers And Budget Cuts On Cancer R&D | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
There are certainly a number of good business reasons for one pharmaceutical company to merge or acquire another. However, as I have often said in the past and, as can be seen in this case, mergers can have a negative effect on the R&D division of a company.
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