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As the Manny Awards returned to an in-person event in April 2022 for the first time in three years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the healthcare communications agencies and networks featured in Med Ad News’ annual special report are thriving.

Leading pharmaceutical business and marketing publication Med Ad News revealed the winners of the 2022 Manny Awards, celebrating the best in the healthcare communications industry. The 33rd anniversary of the black-tie gala event was held on April 21 at The Lighthouse at Pier 61 in New York City. Manny Awards were presented throughout the evening to healthcare agencies and networks achieving excellence across 29 categories.

The world’s leading COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutic manufacturers continue to develop treatments for the waves of variants as well as life-changing therapies for disease areas outside the world of coronaviruses. The world’s efforts to combat the global pandemic continue to evolve, as does Coronavirus Disease 2019 as variants and subvariants constantly toss volleys of grenades at the battlefront lines.

The Medical Advertising Hall of Fame honored 2019 inductees Carol DiSanto and Charlene Prounis on Feb. 7th at The Pierre in New York City.

The threatened “pharma marketing tax” may be back in play during 2019, at both the federal and state levels.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering proposing a plan that has many moving parts, one of which could potentially take the price that Medicare pays out to providers for Medicare Part B drugs and turn it on its head.

The talent and tenacity of immigrants can help drive the life sciences industry into the future, if we have the will and the wisdom to encourage it.

In seeking innovative players that could change pharma and healthcare, Med Ad News found the developer of an app that helps people determine what illnesses are in their neighborhoods; the creator of a wearable injector that allows patients on biologics to receive these drugs outside the clinic; and a designer of a deep learning network aimed at giving pharma and healthcare companies a handle on their data.

Prices, profits and promotional spend are closely linked. Reduce prices and promotion will plummet. But wait, the Republicans are in control. Accordingly, pharma, its marketing partners and even Wall Street often rest easy, especially when Republicans control Congress and the White House.

Emboldened by 2017’s back-to-back FDA approvals of the first drugs that use genetically engineered patient immune cells – Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) to treat leukemia and Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel) to combat large-B-cell lymphomas – immunotherapy researchers are continuing to revolutionizing cancer treatment. But uneven patient response rates and the side effects often associated with immunotherapies are putting high priority on accurately identifying which patients would benefit most from particular treatment options.