The rapidly changing environment of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and the need to keep pace with the constantly evolving business have driven large- and small-scale pharma companies, professionals, and consumers to continuously seek answers to certain questions involving latest drug development and company performance updates. Through the advancement in technology, most of these essential information can easily be searched on the internet. With just one click, facts about latest company mergers, approval of new drugs, and pharma trends and analyses can be found on the web. However, not all information retrieved from different websites are considered accurate and reliable because some of these articles lack credible resources.
According to a document published by Dalhouse University, six criteria must be followed in order to sort good websites from the bad one. These include authority, purpose, coverage, currency, objectivity and accuracy. This simply means that authorship must be clear, the site must be organized and focused to provide information to its target audience, and the content must be based on factual information and always be up-to-date (Dalhousie University).
The following will give an overview of some of the reliable websites that provide free access to the latest pharma and biotech news.
The New York Times (NYT) started its journey as a printed American daily newspaper published in New York City since September 21, 1851. Its presence in the world wide web has been recognized in the year 1996. Since then, it has been ranked as one of the top websites. In fact, the domain nytimes.com has recorded a total of 390.5 million visitors in October 2016. Though NYT has been known to cover a wide range of topics, particularly in business and politics, it also provides a huge amount of information in the healthcare field and the pharmaceutical industry.
Though Forbes has built its reputation in publishing original articles that focus on American business, it also gives credible information on pharmaceutical and healthcare industry particularly on investing and marketing topics. Forbes.com has been a part of Forbes Digital, a division of Forbes Media LLC and was tagged as the “Home Page For The World’s Business Leaders”. Moreover, it was estimated that nearly 122 million viewers visited the site in October 2016. It also uses the ‘contributor model’ allowing a wide network of contributors to write and publish their article on the website.
Pharmacy Times provides clinically based, practical and professional information pharmacists can use in their everyday practice. Features and departments cover medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law, and health-system pharmacy. Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™ (PTCE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. It was estimated that 690,000 viewers visited the site in October 2016.
Fiercepharma aims to inform a wide range of audience about the latest updates on the pharma industry. The website, together with Fiercebiotech, are actually divisions of Questex, a leading global business information company headquartered in Newton, MA. The articles generally published on Fiercepharma focus on R&D, manufacturing, marketing, and drug delivery. Aside from discussing topics related to human health, Fiercepharma also provides information related to veterinary medicine. Aside from this, the website has recorded an approximately 570,00 viewers in October 2016.
Through the unique blend of news stories, interviews, features, case studies, analysis and comments, Pharmatimes’ editorial lens provide an in-depth understanding of various pharma-related topics. Pharmatimes also aims to deliver independent, solid and reliable content through unbiased, fair and educated opinion and analysis. The website has an approximately 50,000 viewers in October 2016.