Pain Drugs, Immunotherapy, & Health IT
This Week: News headlines capture tragic deaths due to mis-use of opioid pain killers; there are less homicides annually than deaths due to opioid overdose. Fortunately, many companies are investing in R&D and are hoping to launch solutions that will provide pain relief without the concern of an overdose.
The use of immunotherapies for cancer treatment is creating promise. Even still, scientists want to temper our enthusiasm and expectations.
National Health IT week kicked off with the release of documents intended to facilitate further adoption and use of EHRs.
“ReInvented” Pain Killers that Don’t Get You High: Nektar’s drug NKTR-181 has had promising results in relieving pain without the ‘high’. The company began Phase III tests in people with chronic low back pain in February of last year. Carlo Di Fonzo, VP of Drug Development and Regulatory Affairs will present on preclinical and clinical development of NKTR-181 at the 10th Annual Pain & Migraine Therapeutics Summit in October.
Separating Addictive and Pain Killing Properties: An academic collaboration between researchers from the University of California San Francisco, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stanford University and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg has spun out Epiodyne Inc to develop a new compound PZM21. Still early in development the drug could be as effective as morphine but without the side effects.
Immunotherapy: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear: At the International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference this week, scientific cofounder of Juno Therapeutics advised all to temper excitement with caution. Although significant advances are being made, harsh side effects are a problem and tumors morph and figure out new ways to grow.
New Immunotherapy Collaboration: Bristol-Myers Squibb announced a collaboration with small biotech Nektar Therapeutics. Nektar has an experimental drug NKTR-214 which might amplify Bristol-Myers Opdivo. Nektar chief scientific officer Stephen Doberstein expects to share early clinical trial data in November at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Meeting.
EMS 3.0: Paramedic teams make that make house calls and provide preventive care may both lower costs and improve patient care. A draft report last month called for “an EMS system that maximizes value to the community by providing new and essential services.” Mount Sinai and Mesa, Arizona are among those with pilots to treat patients at home.
National Health IT Week: This week, the Health IT community comes together to raise awareness of Health IT benefits. The ONC opened the week with two documents designed to facilitate the adoption of Electronic Health Records and the 10th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference is being held in Santa Clara, California. Follow these events on twitter at #Health2con and #NHITweek.
Coming Up on Lodescore®
7th International Conference on Transforming Healthcare with IT 2016 October 21 – 22 Chennai
Health IT Summit Washington, DC 2016 October 25 – 26 Washington, DC
Becker’s Hospital Review 5th Annual CEO/CFO Roundtable 2016 November 7 – 9 Chicago
2016 WoHIT Conference & Exhibition November 21 – 22 Barcelona
Health IT Leadership Summit 2016 December 7 Atlanta
ICHIHIT 2017: 19th International Conference on Health Informatics and Health Information Technology January 8 – 9 Singapore
BSACI Annual Meeting 2016 September 29 – October 1 Telford
2nd Annual Next Generation Sequencing USA Congress 2016 October 2 – 4 Boston
6th Annual Next Generation Sequencing Asia Congress 2016 October 11 – 12 Singapore
ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2016 November 4 – 6 Lausanne
11th Annual Immunotherapy and Vaccine Summit 2016 December 2 – 9 Boston
6th Annual Multichannel Excellence 2016 Conference October 17 – 18 London
4th Promotional Review Committee Compliance & Best Practices 2016 October 17 – 18 Morristown
Healthcare Information Technology (IT) Marketing and Public Relation (PR) Conference 2017 April 5 – 7 Las Vegas
Southern Pain Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting September 30 – Oct 2 New Orleans
International Conference on Pain Research & Management 2016 October 3 – 4 Vancouver
10th Annual Pain & Migraine Therapeutics Summit 2016 October 19 – 20 Chicago
15th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting 2016 November 17 – 19 San Diego
American Academy of Pain Medicine’s (AAPM’s) 33rd Annual Meeting 2017 March 16 – 19 Orlando