Pharma/Biotech General Discussion


New Jersey Relaxes Physician Payment Rules

2 weeks ago

According to STAT, New Jersey is being one of the more reasonable states in how they will restrict gifts and payments made to physicians by drug companies.

Last year the rule went into effect by placing a $10,000 annual cap on what physicians can earn from drugmakers. There was also a $15 cap on “modest meals” for educational events which is ridiculous.

The revision would keep the 10k cap but increase dinners to $30 from $15. The extra $15 is better but still kind of low. Most physicians are…

Now Pharma Reps are Wearing Scrubs

2 weeks ago

Pharma reps have finally seen the light. Reps in scrubs equal easier access than if they're in a suit.

Nostrum Laboratories Raises Cold Medicine Price by 326%

2 weeks ago

According to the Financial Times. Nostrum Laboratories raised the price of their prescription cold medicine by 326%. A 473mL bottle of promethazine and codeine now costs $170.55 with other drug companies selling the same product for $27 and $12.35. The CEO said he hopes their competitors raise their prices so they can sell more. I guess he doesn't realize that a higher list price means more out of pocket costs for the patient.

You can read the full report here.

Passive Immunotherapy and Cancer Therapies

3 weeks ago

Cancer is characterized by an abnormal cell growth. Until recently, cancer therapies were mostly based on surgery, radiation and non-targeted chemotherapy. This latter technique generally induces important undesirable effects as it kills indistinctively a large number of fast-growing cells, including healthy ones. The increasing success of immunothera…

Snapchat wants pharma companies to advertise in the app

1 month ago

Snap, parent company of social media app Snapchat, is trying to convince pharma companies to advertise products targeted for younger audiences in the app.

A report from CNBC said the company sent sales reps to the DigiPharma Connect conference to present on direct-to-consumer ads.

The company thinks their platform is ideal because it's a more comfortable place and users don't have the function to leave comments. Their younger audience is also a plus with 34% of its 81 million U.S. users being be…

FiercePharma's Top Pharma Companies in the World

1 month ago

Of course J&J is at the top of the list when they don't pay their reps at the going market rate. Save a lot of money that way.

Best Pharma Swag

2 months ago

There's no difference between a pharma and medical device rep during trade shows. In fact, most device jobs are starting to resemble pharma jobs so what does it matter....

Senators push FDA to speed up approvals of generic insulin

3 months ago

It's a political move AND it's also a bullshit move. The generic will be half the price but there are many diabetic patients who have to pay out of pocket and won't be able to afford $137.35 for a vial. Since 1996, the list price for Humalog has risen more than 1200% so the fact these bozos are trying to trick the country with this new pricing is an insult.

Medtechy Deals: You Need this Car Jump Starter Kit

2 weeks ago

Today we are excited to announce an exclusive deal on the RavPower's 14,000mAh Car Jump Starter Kit which has all 5-star reviews and could save the day for a sales rep who needs their car to make a living.

Aduro Biotech Layoffs

3 months ago

Aduro Biotech announced it was cutting 37 percent of its staff as part of a corporate restructuring. The company said it will institute a “strategic reset” to focus on its core strengths of the discovery and development of novel product candidates in the stimulator of interferon genes (STING) and a proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL) pathways. The money it saves from cutting a third of its employees will be used to support development of the company’s lead programs.

Theravance Biopharma Layoffs

3 months ago

Sincere or no?

"Our portfolio has evolved over time, most recently with the approval and commercial launch of YUPELRI™ (revefenacin) plus the advancement of TD-1473 and ampreloxetine (TD-9855) into late-stage development programs. At this juncture, we concluded it was prudent to focus resources on our late-stage research projects and translational science, late-stage development pipeline, and the commercialization of YUPELRI™," said Rick E Winningham, chairman and chief executive officer of …

23andMe has 13 drugs in its pipeline

3 months ago

DNA testing company, 23andMe, is working on creating its own drugs for a range of ailments, including skin treatments to heart disease, according to Business Insider.

From Becker’s:

1. The genetic testing startup, which began its venture into creating new drugs in 2015, now has 13 drug candidates in its pipeline. Two of those medications are in the animal testing phase.

2. A former Genentech executive Richard Scheller heads up the program at 23andMe and a team of 70 scientists are focused on test…

NAPRx - National Association of Pharma Reps - Is this a scam?

4 months ago

This is incorrect. MSC has been providing quality education for candidates looking to get into the medical device business for several years. Look at all of the companies who are hiring their students. If you actually do some research you will find the MSC is far from a scam. It is an actual college.

This other association NAPRx sounds like the scam.

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