EurekAlert: Index that tracks impact of pharmaceuticals worldwide to relaunch, focus on more diseases

EurekAlert: Index that tracks impact of pharmaceuticals worldwide to relaunch, focus on more diseases. “The Global Health Impact Index, developed by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York to rank pharmaceutical companies based on their drugs’ impact on global health, is launching a new, more-robust model that addresses even more diseases worldwide.”

Verdict Medical Devices: Elsevier and phactMI to develop new tool for medical data

Verdict Medical Devices: Elsevier and phactMI to develop new tool for medical data. “Analytics firm Elsevier has teamed up with non-profit phactMI to develop a new solution for providing scientifically accurate information to healthcare professionals. The deal will leverage Elsevier’s Entellect life sciences platform to create a semantic search portal. Scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, the new solution will facilitate rapid access to up-to-date, approved medical documentation from 30 pharmaceutical manufacturers.”

STAT News: As social media ‘influencers,’ patients are getting a voice. And pharma is ready to pay up

STAT News: As social media ‘influencers,’ patients are getting a voice. And pharma is ready to pay up. “Anne Marie Ciccarella is not a doctor, though she spends a great deal of time with them. She’s not a researcher, though she routinely pores over scientific papers on cancer. And even though she spent most of her career at an accounting firm, she’s getting paid by drug companies for her opinions. Ciccarella is one of a growing number of people who have leveraged their experiences as patients and the loyal followings they’ve built on social media into a career, no matter how small their audience.”

The Daily Beast: Reps. Greg Walden and Kevin McCarthy Get Tons of Money From Big Pharma

The Daily Beast: Reps. Greg Walden and Kevin McCarthy Get Tons of Money From Big Pharma. “As voters prepare to go to the polls, they can use a new database, ‘Pharma Cash to Congress,’ tracking up to 10 years of pharmaceutical company contributions to any or all members of Congress, illuminating drugmakers’ efforts to influence legislation.”

MSN: “Pre$cription for Power” database exposes Big Pharma

MSN: “Pre$cription for Power” database exposes Big Pharma. “Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year, reveals a new database logging 12,000 donations from large publicly traded drugmakers to such organizations. Even as these patient groups grow in number and political influence, their funding and their relationships to drugmakers are little understood. Unlike payments to doctors and lobbying expenses, companies do not have to report payments to the groups.”

FDAAA Trials Tracker: leaderboard for pharma companies that break FDA clinical trial rules (Boing Boing)

Boing Boing: FDAAA Trials Tracker: leaderboard for pharma companies that break FDA clinical trial rules. “The US government currently requires all trials to be registered on ClinicalTrials.gov when they start — trials that aren’t reported in at their commencement are not eligible for consideration during FDA evaluation; and since ClinicalTrials.gov is public, it should be possible for the public and watchdogs to discover whether pharma companies are reporting in on all their trials. That’s where FDAAA Trials Tracker comes in: it downloads an XML dump from ClinicalTrials.gov, analyzes it, and tracks which trials are due or overdue, as well as ‘whether they have reported results in accor- dance with the law; give performance statistics for each individual trial sponsor; and calculate potential fines that could have been levied by the FDA against sponsors.'”