FDA Social Media Hearings #FDASM

The pharmaceutical industry is glued on the FDA hearings on social media happening in the US. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a government agency of the US Department of Health & Human Sciences and acts as the main regulator of US market for drugs, worth $275 billion-a-year.

Say mediaaaaaahhhhh. Drug companies diagnose social networks

drugsUp until now most pharmaceutical companies wouldn’t dare touch social media. Too many questions, too many regulations, and too much at stake. Maybe, just maybe, that trend is about to change.

The change is evident in several new pharma corporation blogs. The newest is the obtusely named CNTO411 blog. It is a disguised name for Centocor, a Johnson & Johnson owned drug conglomerate that manufactures immune support drugs such as Ustekinumab. Not exactly a household word, but if you had psoriasis you’d know what it is. Another one comes from GlaxoSmithKline’s Alli, which is a weight loss drug. Pfizer also has a blog on fibromyalgia