Takeda COO Weber refuses Sanofi CEO post; J&J seeks $7.2 billion from Boston Scientific over 10-year old-Guidant acquisition; UCB submits epilepsy drug for US and EU approval.
President Barack Obama says personalized medicines need financial support in SOTU Address; Salix explores M&A options; lobbying groups PhRMA and BIO say generic painkillers without abuse-deterrent features should be pulled from shelves.
CMS head Marilyn Tavenner has resigned; Depomed acquires Nucynta pain pill from J&J; Merck's innovation lead leaves for insurer.
FDA has named Kathleen Uhl as permanent director of the Office of Generic Drugs.
Pharma ad budgets are growing, says IPG; Medical device tax debate rages on; Pfizer has PCSK9 pill in the works.
Sandoz received FDA biosimilar nod; new technique yields 25 antibiotics; Novartis sends two COPD drugs for FDA review.
One issue lurking for marketers is the potential elimination of the tax exemption for advertising
The cystic fibrosis drug adds approval for treating a 10th gene mutation.
Nine drugs that promised meaningful advances over existing treatments earned the coveted status from FDA and were approved.
The FDA's prescription drug promotion arm wrote that the professional print ad for seizure med Aptiom "misleadingly overstated its efficacy."
The much hashed-over initiative would require pharma firms to distribute the professional insert electronically.
Judge rules Actavis must keep Alzheimer's drug on the market; Wyeth CEO joins Roche board, dispelling rumors he may be next Sanofi CEO; Two senators propose new FDA designation which would award 15 years of marketing exclusivity.
GSK opts to hold onto $1.6 billion portfolio of older drugs; Sanofi upheavals continue with exit of US diabetes sales exec; Takeda gains breakthrough status on AL amyloidosis therapy.
Jakafi becomes the first drug approved for treating polycythemia vera.
Despite drugmaker discount, VA still can't afford Sovaldi without additional funds; Ousted Sanofi CEO Viehbacher faces lawsuit for an alleged kickback scheme; GSK slims sales and R&D workforce.
Amgen's Blincyto was approved for a rare form of leukemia after receiving Breakthrough Therapy designation and a Priority Review.
An Italian court backs the anti-trust's stand that Novartis and Roche colluded in Lucentis marketing; AstraZeneca is the test case for the court's new interpretation of pay-for-delay; early-stage results prompt Biogen Idec to take its experimental Alzheimer's treatment to Phase-III.
I come not to bury government but to praise it—at least the singular agency I know best: FDA
FDA issued a complete response letter on daclatasvir.
An advisory panel voted against adding warnings to steroid injection labels.
The agency sent a Warning Letter to three marketers over their use of metatags in search engine marketing tactics.
AstraZeneca and Ranbaxy pay-for-delay case marches on; FDA extends Novartis multiple myeloma Priority Review timeline; Endo pays $25 for testosterone nasal gel.
The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's director says there is a need for new opioids and cuts off dosing comparisons between extended-release and immediate-release opioids.
The north-of-the-border solution comes amid climbing heroin abuse in the US.
The reason: coordination and effectiveness.
BioMarin to acquire Dutch biotech Prosensa; Woodcock says significant efficacy key to Breakthrough Therapy designation; Stryker considers $16 billion bid for UK devicemaker Smith and Nephew.
EMA revises its conflict of interest policy; AbbVie all-oral HCV combo drug receives positive EU recommendation; Merck may help NewLink Genetics scale production of its Ebola vaccine.
The first approved hydrocodone formulated to discourage misuse raises a challenge to controversial Zohydro.
CRS asks if high prices are a tool to offset CMS rebates, the FDA adds another DTC study to its lineup, and the NIH proposes making more clinical trial data public.
Drug makers favor big spending on speakers' events and doctor outreach.
Sanofi vets Takeda, devicemaker CEO candidates; Shaq returns for IcyHot; Royalty Pharma buys royalties on Vertex's Kalydeco.
As generic drug use soars, the agency intends to "create parity" in label-change rules for brands and generics.
A US Senate bill would also make treatments for the disease eligible for priority review vouchers.
The Office of Prescription Drug Promotion took aim at a professional sales aid for Sciecure's insomnia drug Doral, saying the brochure omits risk info, material facts and makes unsubstantiated superiority claims.
The two drugmakers have failed to reach an agreement.
Demonizing new treatments distracts from the real problem: policies that focus on the near-term
Public Citizen tells FDA it should withdraw draft guidance that it believes will allow drugmakers to tell physicians marketed drugs are less risky than their labels indicate.
The country's drug ministry has identified drugs as an area for savings.
Widely used plastics such as PET will have to be replaced with more costly glass containers.
The former FDA director of medical device compliance has petitioned the agency to make oral contraceptives over-the-counter.
Amgen sues Sanofi and Regeneron over PCSK9 patents; FDA panel wants Chantix black box to stay; Valeant-Allergan uproar rises in pitch; Pharmacyclics and Roche team up against CLL; and GSK's Ebola vax may "miss" the current crisis.
The drugmaker is offering Scotland's NHS a money-back guarantee for Olysio patients.
FDA commissioner Hamburg says agency wants to hasten medical device approvals; Amgen nets priority review for Phase-II leukemia drug; Novartis employee pleads guilty to bribery allegations.
Pfizer settles Chantix litigation; BMS scales back HCV efforts; FDA defends Zohydro approval.
Salix-Cosmo tax-inversion deal quashed, chronic heart failure market set to expand, rising generic drug prices get lawmakers' attention, NICE gives leukemia drug a thumbs-down, FDA has a good rep
Ebola lands in the US; CMS's Open Payments database shows docs received $3.5 billion in last five months of 2013; Endo pays over $400 million to settle vaginal mesh suits.
A charge of sexism against the FDA clouds the views surrounding a drug's application
Shire pays $56-million fine to resolve improper ADHD marketing claims; FDA updates Chantix labeling to reflect new safety studies; GSK names new chairman.
The Treasury announced Monday it would eliminate certain techniques companies use to facilitate so-called tax inversions, which a number of drug companies have undertaken in the past six months.
Treasury Department takes action against corporate tax inversions; CDC pegs Ebola worst case scenario at 1.4 million infected by new year; NIH allocates $10 million in grants to increase female clinical trials.
The Office of Prescription Drug Promotion took aim at Cipher Pharmaceuticals and its marketer Kowa, in an Untitled Letter over an e-mail alert making what it said were unsubstantiated assertions.
Lilly's weekly GLP-1 shot is approved, BI expands its lung-cancer portfolio, GSK's China investigation closes, NY proposed Sovaldi triage and India imposed price limits on 36 new medicines.
An FDA advisory panel voted overwhelmingly against the use of testosterone-replacement drugs for "low-T" Wednesday, saying the label should narrow and that more safety information is needed.
FDA panel votes overwhelmingly against Low-T drugs; Stenda approved for fast-acting ED treatment; and Bayer hones life-sci focus, spins off material sciences business.
The designation is for diabetic retinopathy for patients with diabetic macular edema.
NY's attorney general alleges that a formulation switch is an attempt to create monopoly.
The FTC is suing AbbVie and two other firms in a pay-for-delay case that could have wider implications for pharma
Bloomberg reports that India's Wockhardt has become an M&A target.
The FDA froze the clinical trial of anti-Fzd7 vantictumab in July over concern about "bone-related adverse events."
Takeda closes out a good-news, bad-news kind of week, AstraZeneca adds a new clinical trial for its experimental PD-1, and researchers link a funeral to the Ebola outbreak.
Problems and changes have set ablaze criticism over the Sunshine Act's implementation
J&J subsidiary Janssen has abandoned its patent lawsuit over the anti-seizure medication topiramate, which is part of Vivus's prescription weight-loss drug Qsymia.
The FDA has approved Arnuity Ellipta for asthma.
Inspectors of Marck Biosciences found an array of problems during a October-November 2013 inspection, including mold near a sterile area that was so bad "the room had 'partially caved in.'"
A host of doctors has asked FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to back a naming convention that would require biologics and biosimilars to have different names.
Despite a collaboration with original Sovaldi owner Pharmasset in 2004, a panel ruled Roche has no rights to HCV treatment Sovaldi.
The Japanese drugmaker is looking to add as much as a year onto the patent life of some of its drugs after the DEA dragged out their scheduling decisions.
FDA feedback will influence a new clinical trial design, but the regulator's recent reaction was a bit of a surprise.
UK drug-cost watchdog backs Sovaldi, Achillion touts HCV interim results, Avastin's latest cancer indication, Ebola outbreak worsens, COPD drug gets panel nod, and study links quick reviews and black-box warnings.
Amgen now hopes a separate study will be enough to support the drug's advancement to a second-line therapy, but the lackluster results may impinge on its EU filing schedule.
The regulator and patients will chat for two days in October.
Not long after acquiring Shire to add to its orphan-drug portfolio, the drugmaker scored an orphan designation from both FDA and EMA last week.
Cologuard was the first approved fecal-based screening test for the disease, and it was also the first product the FDA and CMS approved on the very same day through the so-called Parallel Review program.
The regulator has already issued more recalls in the first half of 2014 than it has over the past nine years.
The new rules are expected to do away with the haphazard nature of facility inspections.
A greenlight could garner Pfizer $1B in sales.
A group of investors has drawn up a list of business principles which includes not disparaging biosimilars as being inferior to branded biologics.
Britain's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has followed through on its Kadcyla objections and has said Roche's breast cancer drug will remain off the National Health Services formulary because it is too expensive.
The drugmaker will dole out $35 million in a deal with 41 state attorneys general after a New York County Supreme Court judge said Wyeth allegedly promoted the immuno-suppressive drug improperly.
The experimental drug is being reviewed for patients with intermediate or high-risk myelofibrosis.
Three House democrats are asking the FDA to get the chemical out of US drugs ASAP.
The painkiller's marketer will look to partner with another manufacturer to better target primary care physicians, and will also reexamine its sales territories.
The pharma payment verification site has been temporarily shut down by CMS due to incorrect information, ProPublica reported today.
FDA's current re-examination of its off-label promotion policies in light of the First Amendment is a delicate balancing act between its rock-solid traditional enforcement posture and a diverse new electronic communications environment.
What happens when it's the FDA—not a medical marketer—that is doing the overstating?
The cost of fixing healthcare.gov is hovering at around $1 billion, up from the $677-million figure quoted in December
The Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel is looking into how three major pharmaceutical manufacturers decided to set minimum prices for their contact lenses.
Physician and industry trade groups are asking CMS to explain how context will be provided to the general public around the dollar sums drugmakers ascribe to doctors for things like meals, travel, gifts, consulting and research
Last week, the former FDA branch chief who originally approved LASIK machines asked FDA to reconsider its denial last month of his petition to ban these devices.
ProPublica reports that doctors are struggling with a time-intensive registration process and are getting an error message that CMS says is not an error message.
The FDA greenlighted the drug for three cancers.
It's the second for this cancer drug in two weeks.
The lawsuit has been wending its way through the courts for a while, and, although it is being deliberated in several other venues, the decision is part of a legal dispute that puts patients in the 36 states offering federal exchanges in limbo.
The Food and Drug Administration has been intent on elevating and reorganizing its office of Generic Drugs since 2012.
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) and allied stakeholders recently gave FDA the first patient advocacy-initiated guidance for a rare disease to help accelerate development and review of potential therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The FDA granted Priority Review for consideration of Avastin for some cervical-cancer patients.
An advocacy group alleges that Shire's decision to ignore the US Fabry disease market was the result of a backroom deal with Sanofi.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is putting two health-related bills to vote Monday. One covers new sunscreen ingredients, the other muscular dystrophy research.
In the latest chapter in the Sovaldi pricing saga, Senators Ron Wyden and Charles Grassley urge Gilead to clarify Sovaldi sticker shock.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is moving forward with its FDA filing of PD-1 Opdivo (formerly known as nivolumab) for patients with advanced melanoma who have been previously treated with the BMS drug Yervoy.
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