The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Evofem Biosciences Inc.’s Phexxi (lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate) vaginal gel for the prevention of pregnancy in females of reproductive potential for use as an on-demand method of contraception.

Over the last few years, there has appeared to be big interest on the part of biopharma in leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve trial design and speed up drug development. Another related category is digital therapeutics (DTx), which the Digital Therapeutics Alliance says, “deliver evidence-based therapeutic interventions to patients that are driven by high quality software programs to prevent, manage or treat a broad spectrum of physical, mental and behavioral conditions.”

Imagine a financial ecosystem that interconnects payers and providers. It’s essential to the financial well-being of any provider organization, but the current claims and payment system is inefficient and outdated. Transparency, technology and trust are 3 critical elements to evolve the payer-provider relationship for fewer denials, patient payment estimations, reduced administrative costs and more.

Novartis AG won U.S. approval for the company’s experimental sickle cell disease drug Adakveo.

The Trump administration will announce plans to change healthcare regulations to loosen anti-kickback provisions that restrict the kinds of outside services providers can refer patients to, administration officials said.

Innovations in diabetes care go beyond new therapeutic classes. Pharmaceutical companies are continuing to invest in new technology to help improve diabetes treatment and patient adherence with progress ranging from artificial pancreases to smart insulin pens and pumps.

Syapse, which accelerates precision medicine through insights derived from the company’s global health system network, announced a strategic collaboration with Pfizer Inc. to advance cancer outcomes research using real-world evidence toward the ultimate goal of improving patient health.

B. Braun Medical Inc. announced Solutions for Life, a $1 billion investment in new and enhanced IV therapy manufacturing facilities to help ensure a reliable and consistent supply of vital IV fluids that American health care providers need every day.

We now have technology to help us keep track of mundane – but crucial – tasks. From wearables to smartphones, we have unlimited opportunities to make technology work for us.

Google’s Verily will team up with ResMed, a company that specializes in treating sleep disorders, to launch a joint business venture to address sleep apnea and other sleeping disorders.