Live from DC – It’s the FDA Open Forum on Internet and Social Media

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*UPDATED: Day 1 & 2 Hearing Summaries and Resources

The next 2 days (NOV 12-13) marks a VERY significant occasion in the history of social media in pharma. By that, of course, I mean that it’s the kick off to the FDA Open Hearing on Internet and Social Media — the first of it’s kind since 1996! Of course, it was just “Internet” back then — social media didn’t exist as we know it today.

The biggest irony of this meeting on INTERNET and SOCIAL MEDIA is that there’s no wifi connection or cell phone reception (the meeting room is 2 floors underground), so no one there will be able to live tweet/blog the meeting, but at least it’s an open forum. Whatever the case, those of us watching the live webcast will be live-tweeting (because we have wifi! :) ) using the hashtag #FDASM, so look out for those.

Click image for live webcast on NOV 12-13

There’s already been bevy of write-ups and resources surrounding this, so rather than write my take on it, I’m going to point to several of these so that you can get a variety of viewpoints and information…


First and foremost, if you have only one resource to turn to, then you must go to — a site put together by Fabio Gratton (Ignite Health), which aggregates a lot of key information around the event, including: speakers, panelists, agenda, links to the webcast, a live tweet-stream, and (most importantly) a list of logos from supporting groups/people, which there are plenty! In addition to that, here are some links to great information surrounding this historic event:
UPDATE (Nov 12th, 2009): Day 1 Summaries and New Links/Resources…
UPDATE (Nov 13th, 2009): Day 2 or Overall Hearing  Summaries/Links/Resources…

Wordle: #fdasm FDA & Social Media Twitter Stream Nov 12-13

7 Responses to “Live from DC – It’s the FDA Open Forum on Internet and Social Media”

  1. Medad Blog » Blog Archive » FDA social media hearing, the wrapup Says:

    [...] Reuters, Shwen Gwee, new media lead at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and a blogger at Med 2.0, provides a nice roundup of links; additionally, Ignite’s Fabio Gratton continues to post all presentations, blog [...]

  2. Earl Whipple Says:

    Shwen, my compliments on your comprehensive coverage of the FDA hearings. Frankly there are so many opinions it is taking me some time to digest. Your approach is helpful in breaking donw the information into understandable bytes.

  3. shwen Says:

    EARL: Thanks so much for your comment and compliment. Glad to be a useful resource – I figured that I would want to aggregate the various resources for my own reference anyway, so rather than add more comments/review of the hearing, it seemed better to just aggregate them all. I’ll post my personal take some time soon. BTW, congrats again on the launch of AZHC once again. One step at a time… :-)

  4. Why Guidance Will Not be the Most Important Thing to Come Out of the FDA Social Media Hearings | PRforPharma Says:

    [...] in a presentation has been examined ad nauseam (for a list of recaps on the event, take a look at Shwen Gwee’s post).  For two days last week, social media took center stage in the pharmaceutical marketing mix.  [...]

  5. Building a brand using social media | Pharma Strategy Blog Says:

    [...] Twitter buddy, Shwen Gwee, posted about the hearing and pointed to the links to the presentations, so if you're in the Pharma and Biotech industry and reading this blog or know of friends who [...]

  6. Med 2.0 » Blog Archive » FDA Delays Social Media Guidelines Till Q1 2011 Says:

    [...] may recall that this all started with the FDA Open Forum to address Internet and Social Media guidance in NOV 2009. Over the course of the year since then, general chatter and bits of [...]

  7. Pharma: Ask Not What Social Media Can Do For You, But What Your SM Can Do For Patient Health | AdvanceMarketWoRx Says:

    [...] are also many terrific blogs and summaries on the 2-day FDA Advisory Meeting: Shwen’s Live from DC extensive list of #fdasm blogs, Pixels & Pills EXCLUSIVE Interview with Thomas Abrams at the [...]

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