Research & Development

Manufacturers pay $6.5 billion to healthcare providers in 2014

Manufacturers pay $6.5 billion to healthcare providers in 2014

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

Lilly moves to bolster its oncology pipeline

Harvard's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Sarah Cannon Research Institute signed on to help the drugmaker develop cancer treatments.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, May 22

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, May 22

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Amgen's PSCK9 inhibitor gets a position opinion in the EU; the FDA plans to study how spouses influence perception of DTC ads; Botox may relieve depression

Lawmakers advance 21st Century Cures draft; proposal would allow sharing of off-label economic data

Lawmakers advance 21st Century Cures draft; proposal would allow sharing of off-label economic data

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The draft would allow drugmakers to share off-label economic data with payers, a practice that until now has been considered taboo, and require the FDA to assess patient experience data in regulatory decisions, in addition to boosting funding for the NIH.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, April 14

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, April 14

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IBM takes on healthcare data; Mylan settled a lawsuit allowing it to launch generic Viagra by 2017; an FDA committee will meet today to discuss Onglyza

 Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, April 9

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, April 9

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Novartis reported highest drug sales in 2014; state Medicaid programs spent $1.33 billion on hepatitis-C drugs; former FDA commissioner argues against shortening regulatory review times

Sanofi R&D lead takes aim at global drug regulations

The Paris-based drugmaker's global president of R&D said that jumping through different and inconsistent regulatory hoops puts an "enormous" cost on drugmakers.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, March 12

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, March 12

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The SEC said some company drug prices can be made public, 23andMe launched an R&D division, and Public Citizen is asking the FDA to withdraw a proposal it says will undermine drug safety information.

Sanofi lays off 100 at Boston R&D hub

The Paris-based drugmaker has axed 100 oncology and global R&D employees as part of a reorganization effort.

Study says pharma may need profit-sustaining help

Study says pharma may need profit-sustaining help

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Researchers say the golden-age of profits appears to be over, and the industry may need help funding innovation.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, January 12

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, January 12

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BMS halts cancer drug trial over positive Phase-III results; Shire has acquired NPS Pharmaceuticals for $5.2 billion; 23andMe expands Pfizer agreement.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, December 18

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, December 18

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Shire may bid on NPS Pharmaceuticals; Amgen says cancer drug will cost $178,000; Takeda has a new head of R&D.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, December 16

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, December 16

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Bayer consolidates OTC creative portfolio; Genentech R&D head steps down; Novartis receives approval for orphan drug.

Tufts: drug dev costs have jumped 145%

Tufts: drug dev costs have jumped 145%

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Researchers say the average cost of bringing a drug from concept to approval, and through post-approval assessments for reasons such as new doses or formulations, hovers at around $2.8 billion per drug in 2013 dollars.

2015 an "important year" for Pfizer's IO pipeline, analysts say

A 4-1BB agonist highlights a discussion with analysts on the drug giant's immunoncology pipeline, with a number of combination options to be tested next year.

Study shows challenge of CNS drug approvals

For example: Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development reseachers say it takes 18% longer to develop CNS drugs than it does non-CNS drugs.

Fail-fast doctrine ups late-stage success

Fail-fast doctrine ups late-stage success

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Thomson Reuters finds the pharmaceutical industry is getting better at abandoning failures earlier.

FDA wants more info on Acura pain drug

FDA wants more info on Acura pain drug

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FDA feedback will influence a new clinical trial design, but the regulator's recent reaction was a bit of a surprise.

Prosena gets nonprofit boost

CureDuchenne is giving biotech Prosena $7 million to help its Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy treatment move along.

Study finds researchers are social-media shy

Study finds researchers are social-media shy

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Researchers find worries about being misunderstood or mixed in with "junk" news are among the reasons academic researchers are keeping their data points out of the social media swirl. Researchers say this fear is at the expense of a faster way to make an impact on public policy.

Novartis dials down RNA research

The drugmaker says the therapeutic approach has a narrow treatment potential.

Lilly's ramu' has squamous, non-squamous potential

Lilly's ramu' has squamous, non-squamous potential

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The drugmaker was scant on details, but Phase-III ramucirumab results among non-small cell lung cancer patients showed increased overall and progression-free survival vs. placebo.

Big Pharma puts $250M towards disease collaboration

Ten pharma companies will share money and biomarker research under an NIH collaboration.

AstraZeneca closes India R&D shop

168 employees will be pink-slipped this quarter.

Regeneron doubles up on genetics

Regeneron doubles up on genetics

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The company known for Eylea has launched a genetics discovery unit and teamed up with a partner to sequence 100,000 patient genomes.

Amgen bone-builder bests older meds: trial

Amgen bone-builder bests older meds: trial

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Mid-stage data show the drug, romosozumab, was associated with significant increases in bone mineral density compared to Lilly's Forteo and off-patent Fosamax.

Merck moving to regional R&D hubs: WSJ

The move is designed to help the drugmaker pursue more external transactions to bulk up its product line.

Patients sound off on helping pharma find new molecules

Patients sound off on helping pharma find new molecules

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A recent poll shows a strong desire among web-savvy patients to play a more active role in medical research.

BMS narrows its R&D focus

BMS narrows its R&D focus

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The company's pursuit of a tighter research focus follows a path very much like that of its peers.

Flavor of the week: antibiotics

AstraZeneca and Roche strike antibiotic deals.

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