Category Archives: Pharmaceuticals

From across the pond, 2017’s brightest European biotech stars; perhaps under US’s radar, but still ready to soar?

Many said good riddance to 2016 for biotech and pharma; things could only get better this year–and the European industry didn’t disappoint, says Labiotech.eu, the quintessential industry observer and news… Read more »

Tiny Scottish biotech TauRx lobs bomb into Alzheimer’s fracas with Phase 3 success.

The News: After countless failures, the race for a treatment saw obscure TauRx Therapeutics Ltd. (Aberdeen Scotland) sprint ahead as its Alzheimer’s drug candidate prevented the formation of Tau tangles that… Read more »

Pfizer, Merck’s Bavencio flop illustrative of shattered Pharma model. Is industry’s collapse just around the corner?

The News: Pfizer Inc. (NYC) and its German part­ner Merck KGaA (Darmstadt) have run into a brick wall in their race to ex­pand the mar­ket for their PD-L1 check­point inhibitor Baven­cio… Read more »

FDA warns against unproven medical claims for marijuana. “Prohibition” didn’t work, remember?

The News: Four companies selling dozens of various marijuana-derived dietary supplements have been officially warned by the US Food and Drug Administration to stop plugging their products as cures for… Read more »

John McCain in Phase 1 trial of Bexion’s solid cancer tumor candidate; Bexion who?

The News: In late September, the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCC) announced that the first clinical trials of a new drug that targets solid cancer tumors have… Read more »

Fancy this: Pharma gifts to docs still paying off–big time.

The News: Giving someone a box of donuts may seem like a harmless gesture, but for pharmaceutical companies it could boost sales. A new study of healthcare providers in the… Read more »

Breakthrough study says blood thinners cut dementia risk by half. Message: If you start taking them, don’t quit.

The News: Anticoagulant drugs may protect against dementia as well as stroke in people with an irregular heartbeat, new research suggests. A Swedish study found that patients being treated for… Read more »

Report says US hospitals still marking up drug prices by 500%. This must stop, and China’s got the right answer.

The News: Hospitals markup medicine prices, on average, nearly 500%, according to a new analysis from the Moran Company that was commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). The… Read more »