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  1. Pharma’s Battle To Stamp Out Transparency Laws

    States are moving to control rising drug prices, and pharma is fighting back.

  2. What’s Next In Patient Engagement?

    Patients have an irrefutable role in shaping the care they need. We have come a long way since the days when the idea of involving patients in healthcare product development was controversial, if not unheard of. In recent years, the healthcare ecosystem, and the role patients play in it, has evolved in a promising direction, leading to a much deeper understanding of the impact the patient voice can and should have in healthcare.

  3. Writing Bulletproof SOPs: Best Practices For Life Sciences Companies

    Writing and enforcing standard operating procedures (SOPs) is a challenge. Poorly written SOPs are a common cause of deficiencies and observations cited in 483s and warning letters from the FDA.

  4. Why Slow Down? Lessons From A Burst Water Heater

    In slowing down long enough to be deliberate, thoughtful, and proactive in your approach, you lay the necessary foundation to go faster where it counts.

  5. Market Access Impediments: Where Should Biosimilars Go From Here?

    Biosimilars were touted as a payer’s tool to gain savings in specialty markets, but a recent survey by Avalere of the top 25 payers in the U.S. (about 189 million covered lives) using publicly available coverage policies found that biosimilars are commonly subject to step through polices, including those that require the patient to “fail” first on a branded product, and only then will the payer cover a biosimilar of that same branded product (i.e., the biosimilar’s reference product). Policies like this may be why although the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) originally estimated a 10-year decrease in federal spending of $5.9 billion attributable to “follow on biologics”/biosimilars in 2009, it is estimated the actual savings have only been 8 percent of that amount (approximately $241 million).

  6. Recent Conference Reveals Growing Wave Of Biosimilar Social Responsibility

    I’ve heard it said that innovation in the biosimilar world extends beyond the actual scientific and technical development of the product; innovation also applies to the act of changing and shaping regulations and perspectives. This year’s conference really emphasized the specific tasks being carried out by members of biosimilar companies, patient advocacy groups, payers, and research organizations to change and advance perspectives.

  7. CRO Partnerships 101: What Sponsors Need To Know

    Much of the focus these days, especially after the release of ICH E6(R2), has been on how Sponsors can better monitor and oversee the performance of their CRO partners. This discussion, and resulting effort, around CRO oversight is worthwhile and useful, but too often it is narrowly focused on metrics. A holistic approach to successfully partnering with CROs is needed, starting with the initial assessment of outsourcing drivers all the way through to trial completion.

  8. The Evolving Reimbursement Landscape — Considerations For Clinical Trial Design

    Sponsor companies are increasingly examining ways to integrate the payer community’s point of view into clinical development activities, a trend that could improve the chances a drug will gain market access, achieve faster adoption once launched, and better meet patient needs. With payers increasingly demanding evidence of a drug’s value before they will cover a marketed product, demonstrating both better clinical and economic benefits of a treatment takes on greater significance.

  9. 4 Keys To Choosing The Right Regulatory Consultant

    I spent the first two decades of my medical device career with startups and larger OEMs, working with or hiring consultants, as needed, for support. I then became a consultant for seven years, and I saw outsourced support from the other side. Now, I want to share some perspective on outsourced support. These important relationships can make or break your business.

  10. Does Your Facility Have The Location And Amenities To Attract Top Talent?

    To come out on top, some medical device companies are dedicating more attention to the workplace as a competitive differentiator. Investing in smart real estate and facilities strategies can pay dividends in helping companies win and retain the best talent. What’s working?