Eli Lilly and Co. kicked off its first direct-to-consumer oncology campaign with a spot for its metastatic breast cancer drug Verzenio. The drugmaker and ad firm Grey talked with over 300 women with the disease so they could achieve a responsible, authentic portrayal of their voices, and the ad shows these women as relentless, optimistic and strong.
Johnson & Johnson created voice skills for Google Assistant and Amazon Echo for its Zyrtec brand that analyze weather and other data to inform consumers about pollen count by location. Consumers can use their devices to "talk to Zyrtec" to get personalized reports based on individual allergies.
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Health care marketers and communications professionals know that what happens in Washington and at the FDA has a great impact on how they do their jobs, so getting expert opinions on what is coming down the pike during the coming months is extremely important. "For a unique take on what's happening in Washington -- and how it affects your own work -- plan now to attend the third annual Rising Leaders Conference on Healthcare Policy, sponsored by the Coalition for Healthcare Communication," said Coalition Conference Chair Jon Bigelow, president, Thayer Pond Solutions LLC. "You will interact in a small-group environment with an all-star faculty, including a senior FDA official and leading Washington attorneys, journalists and inside-the-beltway observers," Bigelow said. The Coalition conference will be held May 22-23 in Washington, D.C. Read more.
The thing we were really taken aback by was their relentless spirit -- their optimism, how strong they are, how independent they are and how informed they are.
Eli Lilly and Co.'s Tom Nowlin on talking with women who have metastatic breast cancer for the company's Verzenio campaign. Read more from FiercePharma.