Vertex's Orkambi nabs FDA approval but may face payer backlash

The Boston-based biotech saw its novel cystic-fibrosis drug, Orkambi, receive approval, but it could face an uphill climb in convincing payers to pay for it.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, July 6

Vertex's cystic-fibrosis drug scores approval; Bloomberg Business analysis finds competitive product categories attract the most marketing dollars; Allergan makes a deal with developmental medical-device company

The 2015 Agency Issue

Agency business again appears to be up for a healthy cross-section of companies this year

Sermo expands to Canada in global expansion

The social networking site for doctors also plans to expand to its first Spanish-speaking country next month.

Welcome to MM&M's 2015 Agency Issue!
Here you'll find original profiles, findings of our annual business barometer, all 100 North American healthcare marketing and advertising firms ranked by 2014 revenue, an infographic of the agency universe, a Q&A with holding-company level health execs, and the Agency A to Z definitive annual directory.

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Fit4D expands diabetes program with Healthfirst

The health insurer will offer Fit4D's diabetes coaching program to its members after testing the program during a pilot last year.

Steady Leadership, Focus on Infrastructure Expected from the FDA's "Acting" Head

Steady Leadership, Focus on Infrastructure Expected from the FDA's "Acting" Head

Dr. Stephen Ostroff took over as the FDA's acting commissioner when Dr. Margaret Hamburg stepped down in March.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, July 2

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, July 2

Biogen pursues orphan eye-disease treatments; Novo Nordisk will stop selling Tresiba in Germany over price controversy; the switch to Prevnar 13 is expected to lower costs

Pharmacy groups urge consistent naming of biosimilars

Pharmacy groups urge consistent naming of biosimilars

The health insurance industry's trade association, along with other organizations, sent a letter to the FDA arguing that different names could lead to prescriber confusion and medication errors.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 1

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 1

Purdue withdraws plans to participate in FDA meeting on painkillers; Allscripts takes 10% stake in NantHealth in advance of IPO; union advocates to end pharma support for CME

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, June 30

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, June 30

Vertex's cystic-fibrosis drug approval likely to come this week; Roche's multiple-sclerosis treatment hits primary and secondary endpoints; Regeneron/Sanofi debut film about high cholesterol

Manufacturers pay $6.5 billion to healthcare providers in 2014

Manufacturers pay $6.5 billion to healthcare providers in 2014

The government released new data showing how much pharma and device companies spent for research and marketing purposes last year.

Havas Health acquires London-based PR shop

Havas Health acquires London-based PR shop

Havas Health adds PR agency Just:: Health Communications in bid to expand its global footprint.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, June 29

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, June 29

A new Novartis drug shows promise; Samsung Group is poised to move on its next major growth sector; Valeant Pharmaceuticals is on the hunt again

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, June 26

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, June 26

Supreme Court affirmed the legality of the Affordable Care Act for a second time on Thursday

Myelin acquires agencies in Chicago and Atlanta

Myelin acquires agencies in Chicago and Atlanta

Fourth and fifth members of network add healthcare advertising and PR expertise.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, June 24

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, June 24

AbbVie says curative effects hold whether Viekira Pak used with or without ribavirin; House Republicans vote to eliminate IPAB; analyst sets high price target for Alexion.

Treato bolsters social-media insight

The consumer-insights firm said it's debuting a listening feature that will make it harder for pharma to ignore Twitter, Reddit and the other big social platforms.

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