Pharma, We Already Have Our FDA Social Media Guidelines

Still waiting for the FDA to tell Pharma what we can do in Social Media? Folks, we already have our guidelines. Reading an old article last night (note: from Jan 2014) made me realize some of the real reasons behind Pharma’s struggle with social media – and it’s not because of the FDA or lack of guidance. While the…

Don’t Just Use Social – BE SOCIAL (and why that’s okay for Pharma)

Social Media is not to be used merely as a channel for distribution, nor to drive to your website or run contests to get people to “Like” your page or follow your handle.

It’s known as “Social Media” because it all started with being social. Connecting with friends, family and acquaintances. Brands suddenly became involved in what were Social Networks, most unable to grasp the nature of the medium from the beginning. Many have adapted, others still fall far behind.

Pharma Mobile Apps Are Not Dead and Kudos Sanofi, But More Can Be Done

In my eyes, we’ve only uncovered the tip of the iceberg for health and mobile, it has always just been a matter of avoiding the giant block of ambiguous ice that lives underneath that tip – but with the proper navigation, the opportunity for innovation and success is unlimited. The caution comes mostly in the fear of risk (with…

Explained: Facebook Page Newsfeed Algorithm Changes

With a recent Pew Research Study reporting that 30 percent of US adults get their news on Facebook, 43 percent saying that they post or share links to news stories and 60 percent noting that they like or comment on news stories, Facebook is beginning to focus their brand page/newsfeed algorithm on “high-quality stories”. This…

Explained: New FDA Guidance on Fulfilling Regulatory Requirements for Postmarketing Submissions of Interactive Promotional Media

Translation: What aspects of social media is pharma responsible for and the process for interacting in real-time while adhering to FDA postmarketing submission guidelines. On the path to releasing full guidance for pharma promotional activities in social media in July 2014, yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance for comment, specific to…

Digital Pioneers – What Did We Learn?

One month ago, we organized an event known as Pioneers in Digital Health, a gathering of marketing and healthcare communications leaders for a forum meant to explore the latest and greatest in healthcare and digital. While there were some great key takeaways we heard from our attendees, I felt that there was a core message that…

FDA Issues Guidance for Responding to Requests for Off- Label Information Online

Includes use of Digital/Social for this Purpose The FDA quietly issued a 15-page draft guidance on December 28th 2011, outlining how manufacturers could respond to solicited and unsolicited requests for off-label information. The draft addresses both private requests, such as one-on-one communications, and requests made in public forums – such as conferences, product websites, blogs,…