Researchers hit links for charity

The PMR Charities Golf Classic teed up more than $20,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

BMS Q2 sales slip, Eliquis, Yervoy soar

BMS Q2 sales slip, Eliquis, Yervoy soar

The company attributed part of the Eliquis boost to the BMS-Pfizer DTC and education efforts.

Gilead, Merck HCV marketing battle may be on horizon

Gilead, Merck HCV marketing battle may be on horizon

Disclosed in its earnings report yesterday, Gilead may have a card up its sleeve to counter Merck's experimental hep. C combo regimen.

FDA to review Neupogen biosimilar

Novartis subsidiary Sandoz announced Thursday that the FDA has agreed to review its filgrastim biosimilar which is already approved in 40 countries.

FDA approves a new painkiller

Targiniq ER combines the prescription opioid oxycodone and naloxone, which is often used to treat overdoses.

Docs not fans of Valeant-Allergan mix

The Wall Street Journal reports that 44% of dermatologists and plastic surgeons polled in a Sanford Bernstein survey said they would consider Botox alternatives if Allergan becomes a Valeant subsidiary.

Pharma failures get second life

AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Takeda, Pfizer and Eli Lilly are among seven drugmakers making their discarded molecules available in what amounts to a molecule library.

Sales of Biogen MS pill pick up overseas

Sales of Biogen MS pill pick up overseas

Biogen Idec is seeing strong sales for blockbuster MS drug Tecfidera, especially overseas where it's beginning to catch fire this summer.

Payment database confounds doctors

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.

Gilead's idelalisib hat trick

The FDA greenlighted the drug for three cancers.

Shire expands rare disease reach

A $225-million deal with US biotech ArmaGen gives Shire worldwide commercialization rights to an experimental enzyme replacement therapy.

GSK second-quarter sales disappoint

GSK second-quarter sales disappoint

Executives urge analysts to focus on the company's long-term potential.

House bill would speed approval once EU OKs same product

House bill would speed approval once EU OKs same product

The Speeding Access to Already Approved Pharmaceuticals Act of 2014 would require FDA to expedite the review of pharmaceuticals that are already approved by the European Union

Avastin pockets another Priority Review label

It's the second for this cancer drug in two weeks.

Court invalidates some healthcare subsidies

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.

FDA generic division overhaul kicks in

The Food and Drug Administration has been intent on elevating and reorganizing its office of Generic Drugs since 2012.

NIH: HPV test beats Pap for cancer assessment

HPV testing provides an edge over Pap screenings when it comes to detecting cervical cancer risk.

Rep access continues to shrink

Rep access continues to shrink

Sales reps are experiencing even more limited physician access, according to a report by Chicago consultancy ZS Associates.

Miss Idaho shows off diabetes pump

NPR reports that the move has made Sierra Sandison a type 1 diabetes hero and that users have given the Facebook photo over 4,000 "likes."

Roche is hungry, not starving for M&A

CEO Severin Schwan tells Reuters that the Swiss firm will be looking for small acquisitions and partnerships.

Allergan touts reorg, plans to lay off 13% of workforce

Allergan touts reorg, plans to lay off 13% of workforce

Allergan's second-quarter earnings, and a new round of cuts, are now part of the Botox maker's record as it seeks to remain independent.

Shire, AbbVie join forces for $55B

Shire, AbbVie join forces for $55B

The deal includes a $1.6-billion fee if AbbVie tries to walk away.

Next target for hep. C drugmakers: co-infections

Next target for hep. C drugmakers: co-infections

An international AIDS conference this weekend kicked off a new battle in the war against hepatitis C: demonstrating high cure rates in those who are co-infected.

AbbVie nabs Shire for $54B

AbbVie, in the latest example of a US drugmaker seeking to lower its tax rate, said today that it's buying Dublin-based Shire for $54 billion.

Leading AIDS researcher aboard downed flight MH17

Dr. Joep Lange was en route to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Digital sage Richman returns to healthcare

He started the Dose of Digital blog in 2008, then left healthcare. Now, after more than two years away, Jonathan Richman says he's back in the business.

Biogen poised to shake up hemophilia market

Biogen poised to shake up hemophilia market

Less-frequent dosing and competitive pricing could spur a shift in market share among products that treat the hereditary blood disorder.

Haymarket launches psychiatry news, CME site

Haymarket Media launched the site PsychiatryAdvisor.com today.

FDA gets treatment guidance from patient advocates

FDA gets treatment guidance from patient advocates

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.

CME commercial support cuts narrow

CME commercial support cuts narrow

The rate of decrease in industry's budget for continuing medical education (CME) slowed last year.

Treasury urges tax inversion action

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is urging lawmakers to prevent companies from "effectively renouncing their citizenship to get out of paying taxes," while also benefitting from the US-funded infrastructure.

Metric system boosts Rx accuracy

Researchers found that patients were more accurate when doling out medication measured in milliliters as opposed to teaspoons or tablespoons.

Vet drugmakers get Warning Letters too

Regulatory Focus reports that the regulator has issued a Warning Letter to AB Science for marketing its canine tumor drug Kinavet for unapproved, off-label uses.

Visual continuity key to patient adherence

Visual continuity key to patient adherence

Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital found that continuity in color and shape have a significant impact on whether patients stick with a prescription regimen.

Industry trims support for CME

Industry reined in commercial support for CME in 2013—the sixth consecutive annual decrease—data released today by the ACCME show.

J&J logs $19.5B in Q2 sales

J&J logs $19.5B in Q2 sales

Hepatitis C medication Olysio was a star, but the company cautions competition is coming.

Roche seeks Avastin cervical-cancer indication

Roche seeks Avastin cervical-cancer indication

The FDA granted Priority Review for consideration of Avastin for some cervical-cancer patients.

Advocacy group alleges Sanofi-Shire conspiracy

An advocacy group alleges that Shire's decision to ignore the US Fabry disease market was the result of a backroom deal with Sanofi.

Alzheimer's study to use healthy patients

Novartis and the nonprofit Banner Alzheimer's Institutes are testing a theory that treating healthy patients could prevent or delay Alzheimer's disease.

Shire asks AbbVie for more money

Shire asks AbbVie for more money

Shire and AbbVie's courtship has entered round five. A deal would offer AbbVie tax relief, and possibly make it an acquisition target.

Abbott pairs generics with tax benefit

Abbott and Mylan are setting up a generics business. The all-stock deal will give some branded generics a new home and offer Abbott a tax benefit that will increase over time.

Lilly's Cyramza misses liver-cancer target

Cyramza patients had more favorable overall survival rates than placebo patients, but the differences were not statistically significant.

Study links Actos with delayed dementia

German healthcare data from 2004 through 2010 across a data set that included 146,000 patients shows dementia surfaced later among Actos patients.

Committee votes on two health bills today

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.

Senators press Gilead over Sovaldi price

Senators press Gilead over Sovaldi price

In the latest chapter in the Sovaldi pricing saga, Senators Ron Wyden and Charles Grassley urge Gilead to clarify Sovaldi sticker shock.

BMS readies nivolumab for melanoma filing

BMS readies nivolumab for melanoma filing

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.

Salix heads to Ireland

Salix heads to Ireland

Salix Pharmaceuticals joins the tax-inversion migration by purchasing Cosmo Technologies.

FDA quicker on approval trigger than EU: study

The FDA began its drug review at a median time of 103 days sooner than the EMA. Being first, researchers found, often resulted in quicker approval.

Allergan trims fat to halt takeover

Allergan will implement company-wide cost-cutting maneuvers, Bloomberg reports, to keep Valeant at bay.

Generics trigger wallet shock

Prices for some generics are rising, thanks to limited competition.

Experiment cuts cancer costs, ups drug spend

UnitedHealthcare finds drug costs more than doubled.

EU fines six for pay-for-delay

Servier and Teva have been fined for keeping a generic heart medication off the market.

"Likes" put Zarbee's in FDA crosshairs

"Likes" put Zarbee's in FDA crosshairs

The FDA says the OTC remedy maker's online behavior—including Liking customer Facebook posts—has put the company's drugs in unapproved drug territory.

AbbVie ups ante in Shire takeover bid

AbbVie ups ante in Shire takeover bid

Two weeks after its $46-billion bid was shot down, AbbVie has revised its offer in hopes of opening up negotiations with Shire.

OPDP slaps Gilead with Untitled Letter

OPDP slaps Gilead with Untitled Letter

The drugmaker received a notice from the advertising watchdog over promotion of hep. B treatment Viread in a sponsored link on Google AdWords.

Purdue pain drug gets priority status

Purdue pain drug gets priority status

Purdue Pharma expects the FDA to vote yea or nay on the drug by October.

Lilly, Yabao collaborate on diabetes

The companies will develop Lilly's glucokinase activator LY2608204.

CVS joins West Virginia pseudoephedrine fight

The drugstore chain will no longer sell Sudafed in West Virginia.

Sun recalls cancer drug

It's the generics maker's second recall of 2014.

Key to successful digital outreach: think small

Key to successful digital outreach: think small

Patients want to do more with mobile and see doctors less. Two studies outline the types of digital interventions patients are interested in.

Study unlinks testosterone and heart attacks

The Wall Street Journal notes that a new study on testosterone therapy has some weaknesses, including its sole focus on men who received injections—leaving out pills, patches and gels.

Healthcare organization makes big data bigger

Credit card and loyalty program purchases will help Carolinas HealthCare System flag potential patient behavior issues.

Merck stifles ezetimibe criticism

The head of evidence-based medicine at Milan's health authority Alberto Donzelli has pulled down criticism of Merck's cholesterol drug ezetimibe from his website, after the drugmaker sent two cease-and-desist letters.

CMS plans to end CME Sunshine exemption

CMS plans to end CME Sunshine exemption

In what amounts to a sudden about face, CMS wants to delete the Sunshine rule's exclusion for continuing medical education.

Study links DPP-IV medication to heart failure, hospitalization

Editorial says risk is small, researchers say it could be clinically relevant.

Zohydro's second act

Zogenix is working on a less easily abused formulation of its controversial prescription painkiller.

EC cracks down on fraudulent drugs

The European Commission is rolling out a verified-account tag it hopes will connect Internet users with trustworthy drug sources.

Study reveals ways to fight antibiotic resistance

Study reveals ways to fight antibiotic resistance

The solution: talk to patients.

Merck consumer guide gets 21st-century treatment

Merck consumer guide gets 21st-century treatment

The consumer-facing edition of The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms is being released as a mobile app.

France ponders off-label Avastin

French lawmakers have the chance to vote for off-label use of Avastin, potentially eating into the turf of higher-priced Lucentis.

Insurers put in bid for biosimilar naming

Health insurers and pharmacies signed a letter asking the FDA to require biosimilars and branded biologics to share the same name.

BI drug gets priority review

Boehringer Ingelheim's experimental idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis treatment nintedanib is also an orphan drug.

India's generics makers hire Beltway help

The Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance makes a bid for legislators' attention.

ACP says no need for pelvic exams

The American College of Physicians says most women do not need an annual pelvic exam. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists disagrees.

Merck rolls out MedEd website in India

The website is a joint effort between Merck and The Lancet.

CDC: US is biggest Rx opioid market

CDC: US is biggest Rx opioid market

The Centers of Disease Control reports that prescribers wrote enough painkiller prescriptions to give one bottle to every adult in the US in 2012.

Allergan updates pipeline

Allergan updates pipeline

Allergan's latest pipeline news was a mix of the good and the bad. The good: a potential Lucentis competitor is progressing. The bad: migraine medication Semprana has stalled.

Researchers give FDA social media advice

Researchers give FDA social media advice

Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital are offering a bit of internet advice for the Food and Drug Administration: do more.

MannKind's Afrezza approved

MannKind's Afrezza approved

The FDA approved the inhaled insulin last week.

FDA wants male breast cancer patients

The regulator wants men to be part of breast cancer clinical trials.

Facebook's clinical trial

The networking site's emotion experiment rankles some in the science and political communities.

Diovan competition is coming

Novartis no longer has a lock on the Diovan market: the FDA approved Ranbaxy's generic, which will be made in the US.

Did you make the cut? Announcing the MM&M Awards finalists 2014...

Did you make the cut? Announcing the MM&M Awards finalists 2014...

Following two comprehensive rounds of scoring by more than 100 independent industry judges, the results are in for the MM&M Awards 2014. Here are the five finalists for each of the 31 categories

Takeda releases internal probe over bad ad

An internal probe for a controversial ad for hypertension drug Blopress was released by Takeda, but the report is in Japanese.

Auxilium merges with Canadian biotech in tax-inversion effort

Pennsylvania drugmaker Auxilium will merge with Vancouver-based biotech QLT to lower its corporate tax rate.

BI's Pradaxa antidote gets Breakthrough label

FDA says it will fast track the blood-thinner antidote, designed to thwart runaway bleeding.

IMS to buy Cegedim CRM

IMS to buy Cegedim CRM

IMS is offering $520 million cash to add Cegedim's CRM and strategic data business. Cegedim says it will use the money to pay down debt.

Panel votes against AZ's olaparib

Panel votes against AZ's olaparib

An FDA advisory panel voted 11-2 against an accelerated approval for AstraZeneca's experimental PARP inihibitor. The panel recommends getting more data before giving the drug the all-clear.

BMS cuts nivo' trial short, eyes approval pathway

BMS cuts nivo' trial short, eyes approval pathway

The firm ended the Phase III trial for its ballyhooed immunotherapy, which showed superior survival compared to chemo in advanced melanoma.

Vyvanse patent win bolsters Shire as AbbVie circles

Certain claims of the patents protecting the ADHD drug were both infringed and valid, a court ruled, giving Shire a boost as it contends with a takeover bid by AbbVie.

Novo issues bullish sales forecast

The firm said it expects to more than double its revenue within the decade, as the surging incidence of diabetes expands demand for its products.

Drug sales to hit $1T by 2020, researchers say

Drug sales to hit $1T by 2020, researchers say

EvaluatePharma's World Preview 2014 has pharma soaring to new lucrative heights in six years' time, buoyed by biologics and a formidable pipeline.

Omega-3 drugs angle for trig-lowering awareness

Omega-3 drugs angle for trig-lowering awareness

Celebrity endorsement, co-pay cards and online edutainment are some of the ways marketers are dueling for attention in the prescription omega-3 space.

FDA Guidance expands environmental perspective

The regulator is issuing draft guidance to address gene therapies.

Expanding weightloss drug doesn't wow

An experimental Gelesis weight-loss drug seeks the middle ground between surgery and appetite suppressants.

Vertex to submit CF drug combo to FDA this year

Vertex to submit CF drug combo to FDA this year

Phase III results showing improved lung function among cystic fibrosis patients using a combination of Kalydeco and lumacaftor means drugmaker Vertex is filing the two-part drug for FDA approval during the fourth quarter.

Shire rebuffs AbbVie

Dublin-based Shire is urging shareholders to back independence and ignore AbbVie's $46.4 billion bid.

BI calls it quits in hep. C

BI says there is no unmet need for faldaprevir.

FDA adds to "low-T" drugs' warning label

FDA adds to "low-T" drugs' warning label

Four months after announcing a review of low-testosterone treatments for risk of heart attack and stroke, the regulator expanded the classes' warning label to include a general risk of blood clots.

Marketing tone sinks GSK recruiter

GlaxoSmithKline dismissed a marketer over its approach to clinical trial recruiting.

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