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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Decision support app developers sued by pharma

From Pharmafile,
Photo by Sean MacEntee via Flickr CC BY 2.0
“A tech start-up says it is being sued by pharma giant Sanofi for presenting facts about a drug’s side effects in a decision support app.

Austrian firm Diagnosia’s Enterprise tool presents doctors with evidence-based information about a drug’s benefits and risks to help them decide on the right treatments for patients. It includes the positive effects of the painkiller metamizole, and its possible side effects and how it might interact with other medications – along with similar information for other drugs.

But Sanofi is apparently unhappy with the information presented in the app, and is seeking damages from Diagnosia for alerting its customers to the allegedly false information. This originally included taking out an injunction against the start-up at the end of last year, which Diagnosia successfully contested. The litigation remains ongoing.”