Tag Archives: FiercePharma

Vertex says it would be NICE if England upped its offer for new CF drugs. Meanwhile, short lesson on how US could quickly lower its pharma prices, too.

The News: Vertex Pharma CEO Jeffrey Leiden’s move earlier this month to pressure England’s prime minister Theresa May on drug prices seems to have set some wheels in motion. After… Read more »

Wondering why some of your Pharma shares keep going up? Thank Trump’s tax “reform;” no, really.

The News: The drug industry has taken heat from patient advocates and a US senator for handing out its tax savings to shareholders instead of using its windfall to help patients… Read more »

Doctors reliance on pharmas increasing, while general public trusts supermarkets more. What’s wrong with this picture?

The News: When it comes to pharma partners, doctors prefer quality digital content, according to a new report. While that comes as no surprise and makes sense, new research shows… 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 »

Alarming study concludes most new, pricey cancer drugs don’t work; why are we just hearing about this?

The News: Researchers said only half of the cancer drugs approved by European regulators in the past few years have shown to help patients. Many of the drugs were approved… Read more »

Catabasis soars on fresh Duchenne trial data, proving biotech melt-up still in progress; but for how much longer?

The News: Recuperating from a trial flop involving its lead drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Catabasis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Cambridge MA) is charging ahead with a late-stage study, hyping new data… Read more »

Senators seek probe of Allergan’s patent sale to Mohawk Tribe; could Tesla do the same with its battery patents?

The News: Four senators are demanding an investigation of Allergan PLC’s (Dublin IRL) first-of-a-kind patent deal with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, alleging the move to protect Restasis is another… Read more »

Amgen, Allergan get nod for Avastin biosim; FDA’s Gottlieb making good on vow to hasten generic approvals, catch the EU.

The News: Amgen Inc. (Thousand Oaks CA) and Allergan PLC (Dublin IRL) said Thursday (September 14, 2017) that the Food and Drug Administration has approved their biosimilar version of Roche… Read more »

Slumbering giant Lilly to cut more jobs, take a $1.2-billion hit to bolster R&D pipeline.

The News: Eli Lilly & Co. (Indianapolis IN) last week said it would lay off about 8% of its employees as the drugmaker, which has suffered setbacks over the past… Read more »

Novartis CEO Jimenez is stepping down; does successor Narasimhan have the right stuff to take the reins in 2018?

The News: Swiss pharmaceuticals titan Novartis AG (Basel) will get a new chief executive in 2018–Dr. Vasant Narasimhan (pdf)–after Joseph Jimenez proclaimed his upcoming retirement effective in February. Jimenez has… Read more »