Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis filed a new drug application with the FDA for Exubera (inhaled human insulin powder) a dry powder form of insulin that is inhaled into the lungs.
The FDA and Cephalon warned against prescribing epilepsy medication Gabitril for other uses because the drug can cause seizures. The FDA said it was aware of at least 30 cases of seizures in patients without epilepsy, most who had been prescribed the drug to treat a psychiatric disorder.
The FDA has approved AstraZeneca's angiotensin receptor blocker Atacand (candesartan cilexetil) for the treatment of heart failure to reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular causes and reduce hospitalizations from heart failure.
In an international study, researchers said stroke victims given Novo Nordisk's hemophilia drug NovoSeven were one third less likely to die and three times as likely to survive without severe disability.
Mick Mosebrook, executive vice president sales at Pfizer, was named honorable mentor of the year by the Healthcare Businesswoman's Association.
Pfizer has formed of a new executive committee, giving the title of vice chairman of Pfizer to Karen Katen, Jeff Kindler and David Shedlarz. The three executives will to report directly to chief executive, Hank McKinnell.
Adolor Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery of novel pain management products, named Joseph Schlitz vice president of sales, a new position. He was area vice president of sales for Schering-Plough.
Schering-Plough named Winston Lam vice president and associate general counsel, business development and strategic alliances. Lam was senior vice president, business development for the medical-surgical unit. at McKesson Corporation.
StrategCations president Donna Ramer was named star volunteer of the year by the Healthcare Businesswoman's Association.
DMW named Rich Travaglini executive director, decision support. Travaglini was president of Parlance Marketing, a marketing consultancy firm.
Abelson-Taylor promoted Nicole Berg and Rachel Lomasz to senior copywriters and Angie Bauerle to senior art director CommonHealth professional advertising agency, Adient, named John Finan executive vice president, managing director. Finan was a senior vice president, managing director of medical education services at Cardinal Health.
Sudler & Hennessey named Paul Giroux executive vice president and director of brand planning and market analysis. Giroux joins from Saatchi & Saatchi, where he was strategic marketing director across several brands.
Publicis Healthcare unit, Science Oriented Solutions, named Ian Bancroft vice president of medical science liaison global programs to lead the global expansion initiative.
MedImmune named Linda Peters senior vice president, regulatory affairs and Armando Anido executive vice president sales and marketing.
Cepheid named Robert Koska senior vice president of sales and marketing, with worldwide responsibility for sales and marketing operations. Koska replaces Ira Marks.
The Mattson Jack Group named Thomas Rice as vice president. Rice was director of Nasacort family marketing at Sanofi-Aventis.
J. Knipper & Company named Laurie Plotch vice president of sales. Plotch was with McKesson Corporation as director of business development in their specialty services division. James O'Donnell was named group team leader of materials management. He was with Baxter Healthcare as senior production planner. Ihab Ghaly was promoted to vice president, sampling and regulatory affairs.
Quadrant HealthCom named Nick Luciano account manager on Physicians' Travel & Meeting Guide. He was media planner at Conectics, division of Thomas Ferguson Associates.
The Jobson Medical Group has named Heather Wood as a NP/PA Education Pro