The pharmaceutical industry needs constant improvement with every passing year. With the constant growth in every stream, the pharmaceutical industry has also embraced the importance of digital health. When talking about the trends in the pharmaceutical industry, we need to understand the new technologies and research work that has the potential to change and improvise the manufacturing of each pharmaceutical product and its impact on the final product that as to reach to the patients.
Top trends to shape the Pharma Future
The following trends have the potential to change the pharmaceutical industry in future:
- Involving the patients in the advisory board of pharmaceutical industry
Patients having sufficient knowledge regarding the pharmaceutical products should be a part of the advisory board. The patients will also have an authority to keep their views and the problems faced by them on the same table where the manufacturing of these products is discussed.
Involvement of the patients along with the pharma experts of giants will turn out to be beneficial for the development of the final product, eventually, a better quality product will be manufactured that satisfy the customers and their needs to a maximum extent.
Unlike the trends that have been followed from past so many decades, patients must be involved in the healthcare and pharmaceutical events and conferences for a better understanding of the product.
- Digitalization of the Pharmaceutical product
Pharmaceutical companies have realized that it is not sufficient to just manufacture a drug as it also needs improvisation for a better future. Pharma companies around the globe have realized that physical administration of medicines at certain intervals also can become outdated at one stage. Hence the newly evolved technology of using a complete package will be a trend soon, where the patients don’t need to recollect the time of medication and it will be administered at a set time by the pharmaceutical devices.
This kind of using a pill is considered as the digital offering around the pill. This could be possible with the new digital health applications, devices or services that are prescribed by the professional doctor for easy access.
There are many Japanese companies that have started working on the development of a digital pill. Recently a mobile-wrap-around has been manufactured for the anti-coagulate drug. This drug was manufactured for patients with atrial fibrillation.
- Digestible sensors
With the advancement of nanotechnology, the new technology that can be used for manufacturing a drug is to make it purely digestible. These digestible drugs will be in the form of tiny pills or gadgets that is combined with a sensor that aids in tracking digestion and the absorption of a drug in the body after it has been swallowed.
In the year 2015, FDA has approved the first drug of it’s kind and it was referred as a digestible sensor. The drug sensor was manufactured by a Japanese company and it is known to communicate with a wearable sensor patch. The information is transmitted to a smartphone of the patient.
The main aim of manufacturing such a drug is o measure the drug adherence in the treatment of the patients suffering from schizophrenia. This kind of treatment is also useful for the acute treatments of patients who faced with frequent episodes of bipolar I disorder. This is mainly used for the patients with the major depressive disorders.
In near future, several drugs will be available in the market that could help in measuring and analyzing the quantity of drugs administered and the concentration required in the future in subsequent doses. This kind of innovation will not only help the patients in old age but also make it easy for the patient attendants.
- Clinical trials on virtual organisms
Clinical trials on humans and animals are common while manufacturing a particular drug. Generally, it is considered as a long and tedious process when the clinical trials are performed on humans and animals.
The challenging part in the future will be the trials and testing on the virtual organisms. When virtual organisms are used, it will be done at a less expense and less time taking with accurate results. Making use of such virtual organisms in the trial is generally referred as an in silico trial as it is an individualized computer simulation. These in silico trials are used in the regulatory evaluation of a pharmaceutical product or device.
The most advanced simulation in this respect is HumMod. It is known to provide a top-down model of human physiology from whole organs to individual molecules for clinical trial and testing of a medicinal product.
This model features more than 1500 equations and more than 6500 variables like body fluids, electrolytes and hormones and skin temperature. Hum Mod mainly aims to simulate how the human physiology works and claims to be the most sophisticated mathematical model of human physiology that was ever created. In case of live organisms, the test results may vary based on the environment they are kept in and many other factors that can have a direct impact on the actual results.