Cybercitizen Health® Insights

Data from DRG Digital | Manhattan Research’s Cybercitizen Health® U.S. 2018 study of 3,084 U.S. patients show that:

  • Among the 61% of patients who had researched prescription drugs online in the past 12 months, 34% had requested a specific prescription drug at least once.
  • Among patients who had requested an Rx, 25% were prompted to do so by a TV ad and 25% by ads seen online.
  • Among the 65% of patients who recalled seeing or hearing TV ads about prescription drugs in the past 12 months, 22% had requested a specific drug.
  • Among the 49% of patients who recalled seeing or hearing online ads, 42% had requested a specific Rx drug.
  • TV or online ads may be particularly effective at reaching some condition groups. Among online Rx researchers requesting a prescription, patients with multiple sclerosis, hypertension and Alzheimer’s Disease were particularly likely to cite TV ads as the impetus for their request, while patients with hepatitis C, type 1 diabetes and severe asthma were more likely to cite online ads.

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Gilead exec’s flee after milking the health care system

  • Executives at Gilead are leaving a sinking ship.
  • Sales of a breakthrough drug they purchased through the acquisition of Kite Pharma  have failed to match expectations.
  • Gilead charges thousands of dollars for a drug for their AIDS drug, but competition is creeping in.
  • Since Truvada was approved for HIV prevention six years ago, its average wholesale price has increased by about 45 percent.
  • Without more drugs to buy Gilead’s stock has been declining.

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