Over the past five years or so there has been a proliferation of blogs that cover the life sciences industry. While I visit some of them frequently, e.g., Pharmalot, EyeonFDA and PharmaLive,.
I am sure that there are others out there that may be useful. To that end, I came across a blog post on the Health and Life website that listed the top 10 essential pharma news blogs.
How can we describe the value Pharmalot provides?
Visiting Pharmalot is something we do daily – we can give no blog or resource a higher compliment. Ed Silverman has the experience to cut through the news and provide readers with the most important tidbits along with pertinent thoughts.
And for those interested in Pharma, the daily email can be quite valuable.
Pharmagossip is recognized for horribly accurate, sharp and incisive analysis. You can feel the author’s passion and concern for upholding ethical standards in almost any post.
Just don’t read before going to sleep or before discussions on whether man is inherently good or bad.
Pharmagossip is a blog that can change how you think about things while keeping up with important pharma news.
#3 In the Pipeline
What’s wrong with dioxygen difluoride and how accurate are HER2 receptor tests?
Derek Lowe does an excellent job of analyzing drugs, especially those that are in the pipeline and being developed. He’s the kind of guy who points out flaws in a medication a month before clinical trials reveal it’s a dud.
You can wait for the news to be public knowledge. Or you can read his blog.
#4 The IN VIVO Blog
When the FDA asks ten nephrologists to review a medication and they all decline, the In Vivo Blog catches it. This blog is well known for accuracy, quality and overall being an extremely useful read for those trying to keep up with the fast-moving pharmaceutical industry.
Best of all, they have a good sense of humor.
#5 Pharma Marketing Blog
Pharma Marketing blog gives you the expert analysis of John Mack, a man who knows a lot about the marketing tactics Pharma companies use – and constantly learns new things and shares his insight with readers.
Is Pfizer running a bait and switch with its Facebook fan page? Is Allegran running an inappropriate advertising campaign for Botox?
Find out about these and other issues in marketing related to pharmaceuticals by reading what John Mack has to say.
#6 Drug Discovery Opinion
For people who care about pharmaceuticals, the Drug Discovery Opinion is gold waiting to be discovered.
This blog provides analysis of the technical issues that have tremendous implications for drug discovery, efficacy and marketability. It explains the fundamental science that drives pharmacology.
Its authors have almost unmatchable credentials. Great read and quite useful.
#7 Pharma Strategy Blog
Which Tyrosine Kinase inhibitor shows the most promise? What’s going on with Avastin and ovarian cancer?
To get the answer to these, and other important questions, Pharma Strategy Blog is excellently informative. To get a sense of the value of its posts consider this.
Sally Church, the blog’s author, was responsible for helping launch Gleevec.
Her expertise and talent shows clearly in her posts. Pharma Strategy blog is top notch and it gives readers insider knowledge.
#8 The MacGuffin
Not a blog for the light of heart, The MacGuffin is infamous for no-holds barred criticism and analysis.
They see things other people don’t. And they deliver their thoughts in a combination of colloquial and scientific talk. They might deliver a knock-out analysis of a medication and follow up with an inappropriate photo of a celebrity.
Cocky and clever. Make sure to check out their analysis of schizophrenia.
#9 Pharma Conduct
This blog keeps an eye on the conduct of pharmaceuticals and the healthcare business. It is mainly written by Eric Milgram, Ph.D. who has more than 10 years of pharmaceutical experience.
It is an investigative blog that is unafraid to expose corruption. The formal, analytical training Eric underwent to learn chemical analysis shows through in the high caliber of his posts.
#10 The Science Business
Well written, useful and insightful. Not as willing to take risks and focus on emerging issues as some others on this list, this blog makes the list because it provides extremely high quality writing on health care issues.
Sadly, BioJobBlog did not make the list. I guess I just have to work a little harder.
Until next time…
Good Luck and Good Job Hunting!!!!!!!