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Facebook closed wall: several Pharma to close down their pages

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Pharmaceutical companies have lost the right to block public comments on their company page walls.  The privilege was previously granted exclusively to pharmaceutical companies who had been slow to set up company pages on the social media site.  

Several companies (AstraZeneca, J&J, etc.) have already closed down pages, expressing concern about the extra resources that will be required to monitor activity.


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September 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

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Pharma on the Web: pressures and failures

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An excellent article: pressure of Big Pharmas on FaceBook and globally, a failure of ads on the web.

The pharmaceutical industry is new to advertising (…) but it’s even farther behind when it comes to the Web. Despite people turning online in droves to find medical information, pharma marketers are hamstrung by federal regulations, and frustration is setting in. (…)

These sites claim that after convening on these issues in 2009, the FDA has been disturbingly silent on this issue, which has caused brands to resist embracing the medium. (…)

 “Pharma is online, but not to the extent it could be. The Internet is really a failure for pharma ads.” (…)

 But an even more pressing issue — … — is social media. According to the current federal standards, drug brands are obligated to respond to each and every comment a user makes about one of its products, whether within a community forum, along side an add on or a social site. And with so many content sites now infused with social functionality, the problem has become exacerbated, say industry veterans.

As a result, (…) some brands like Pfizer chose to disable comments on its Facebook page.

 This issue is of such importance that in the past two months executives from both Pfizer and Merck met with Facebook to explore whether those brands might be able to monitor comments before they are posted on the site — something Facebook officials are not crazy about, per sources.

 (…) The FDA had promised some sort of revised official guidelines on advertising in social media for pharma brands by Q1 of this year (…). But (it) still waiting. (…)

 Until those guidances are indeed issued, the industry has to do some guessing, … , which doesn’t exactly encourage big spending. (…)

 But the biggest drawback to pharma advertising is the social factor, which increasingly pops its head up everywhere, requiring brands to watch everything a user utters about their drug. (…)

 Some pharma brands just simply need to become more comfortable with risk (…)

 2011 is really a make or break year for pharma on the Web. Either sit out or take steps…

 Shields, Mike. Pharma’s stuck in Web’s waiting room. DIGIDAY, Online: Posted on 27th of June, 2011.

To confirm that FaceBook will not play the Big Pharma’s game:

“Facebook, the ubiquitous social media platform, recently announced that, as of August 15, 2011, pharmaceutical companies will be unable to disable the comment feature on their pages, and all pre-existing pages for pharmaceutical brand companies will be required to allow comments on their pages after August 15

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June 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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Consumers don’t want to socialize with Pharmas

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Women rule the Internet and rule the search for health information online but a relationship with pharmaceutical company is at the bottom of their list according to eMarketer. Women rule the Internet and rule the search for health information online but a relationship with pharmaceutical company is at the bottom of their list according to eMarketer. Why ? Well, let’s ask a basic question; What is the value that pharma brings to the conversation (…)

Pharma marketers have to ask a basic question of their audience which is “how can we provide value to you and start to talk ?”   One of the areas of opportunity is to provide clear and transparent health information but pharma has not yet learned how to embrace transparency.

Marketers have to remember that social media is not going to save their brand and lead to a lot of new business regardless of what some agency people would have you believe.  However patients are having the conversation and having trouble finding reliable health information.  There is a great opportunity for pharma to become the credible source of good health information and thus become part of the conversation but it’s going to take a new way of thinking about patients and consumers.

Rich. Do consumers want to have a social media relationship with pharmas? World of DTC marketing. Posted on 12th of June 2011.

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June 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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Resource: Enterprise 2.0 for Pharmas

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Brilliant argumentation of 6 disruptive trends to industry, including Pharma.

  1. Information overload
  2. Limited access to interactive technologies
  3. Cloud computing
  4. Generation gap
  5. Social, social, social
  6. The Network society

Anyway, “Most companies still have an organisational structure designed for the 20th century: hierarchical, directive, silo-structured and sales-driven (aka Enterprise 1.0).

Especially in our ‘knowledge-intensive companies’ we need to mobilize the minds of our workforce in such way that we offer them freedom to do their jobs, give them access to information, provide them with a network that enables them to connect with peers and the likeminded and stimulate collaboration and co-creation (aka Enterprise 2.0).

Not only will such company create an environment that motivates people and retains talent, it also will lead to an increase in net income per employee.”

Van den Bos, René. Enterprise 2.0: part 2 – the world around us has changed, forever. In PharmaForum, Online. Posted on May 10, 2011.–-the-world-around-us-has-changed-forever/

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May 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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Pharmas: consumers complain on FaceBook

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A good study case happened in the U.S. this week, as it is mentioned by CreationHealthCare.

The launch of a Facebook page by pregnant mothers in the USA angry about KV Pharmaceuticals’ pricing of its newly FDA-approved synthetic progesterone product, Makena, raises once again the urgent need for pharmaceutical companies to plan ahead for social media engagement. (…)

This is not the first time that mothers angry at the behavior of pharmaceutical companies have used social media to voice their outrage. (…).

The reach and speed of a platform like Facebook completely change the environment in which corporate and brand communicators operate.

Here are just a few ways in which social media is different from traditional media:

  • The ‘journalists’ of social media do not call your press line to ask you for a quote before they publish
  • Social media publishers ‘go to press’ at any time of day or night
  • Compelling stories have the potential to achieve huge reach very quickly – before you have even woken up
  • In social media, everybody has a voice, instantly.

Ghinn, Daniel. “shame on you” : an emerging pharma social media crisis. CreationHealthCare, 17th of March 2011.

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March 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm

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Pharmas & social media policy: “it’s fairly urgent”

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The FDA regards social media as an advertising tool for the pharma industry, which means that any company that doesn’t have a social media policy in place, or has a policy deemed insufficient, puts itself (and the public) at potential risk, says Attorney Anand Agneshwar.

The FDA likely will address adverse event reporting in the social media guidance it will shortly issue“…

How urgent is it that companies institute social media policies?
In this rapidly evolving area, it’s fairly urgent. Company professionals may be active on LinkedIn, employees may discuss company products—or their managers—on blogs, and whistleblowers undoubtedly will look to the Internet. Companies must have carefully thought-through policies to manage these and other eventualities“.

Sirk, Kimberly. Drawing the web tighter. Drug Discovery News, March 2011. pp. 40-41.

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March 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Conference: Social Media in the pharmaceutical industry

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After a first successful edition in January, SMi is announcing the second edition in July, in London, of this conference 100% focused on social media applicability for pharmas and health organisations.

Great agenda with key speakers from: J&J, Pfizer, Bayer, etc.

Update on 04/03/11: the latest agenda version

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March 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm