Northeast Ohio Medical University: Pharmacy Facebook Group Advocates On Covid-19 Prescriptions. “A Facebook group with more than 30,000 members is helping pharmacists, pharmacy techs, managers and students pull together to find solutions to the new challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jaclyn Boyle, Pharm.D. (’12), associate professor of pharmacy practice in the Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy, and Carl Palladino, a second-year pharmacy student, manage the group, called ‘Pharmacy Staff for COVID-19 Support.'”
Chemist+Druggist: Simon Dukes: Coronavirus may lead to permanent pharmacy closures. “Financial pressures caused by COVID-19 may cause pharmacies to close permanently unless the government provides a funding boost, PSNC chief executive Simon Dukes has said. The coronavirus outbreak could mean that pharmacies closing due to staff sickness “may not open again”, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) chief executive said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning (March 16).”
Washington Post: Facebook has a prescription: More pharmaceutical ads. “Jordan Lemasters keeps seeing ads in his Facebook app for an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drug called Vyvanse. When the Chicago-based audio branding consultant recently clicked on the ad’s drop-down menu and selected ‘Why Am I Seeing This Ad,’ a pop-up said it was because of his age range, because he lives in the United States and because he may have visited Vyvanse.com. But Lemasters felt spooked. The 29-year-old had used another ADHD drug, Adderall, but never publicized it.”
GMA News: Zuellig wants open source database for all pharma products in the market. “Zuellig Pharma Holdings Pte. Ltd. said it is now working with other pharmaceutical companies to create an open source database for end-users to trace and track products in the market.”
Viet Nam News: Health ministry launches pharmaceutical database. “The databank contains information on more than 10,000 currently operating drugstores, nearly 41,000 production and distribution facilities and pharmacists who have been granted working certificates. It provides users with a comprehensive information lookup platform that can be easily accessed on the website or via the mobile application.” The site is in Vietnamese, of course, and Google Chrome did not offer to translate, so I wasn’t able to do much looking around.
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. “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.”