Tag Archives: GlaxoSmithKline PLC

Update: CDC data say docs still making billions from Pharma, med device companies; my personal take.

The News: It’s been a few years since the US government unveiled its Open Payments (OP) database, a collection of drug and device makers’ payments to healthcare providers. The data-collection… Read more »

Glaxo dodges another Advair punch as second generic attempt crashes; Big Pharma’s plight highlights new world order for competition and innovation

The News: GlaxoSmithKline PLC is likely to escape generic competition to its blockbuster lung drug Advair in the US this year, after a second application for a cut-price equivalent form… Read more »

Senate confirms Gottlieb as FDA chief; former FDA tour, industry ties signal solid choice despite Dems’ jabs

The News: The US Senate voted 57 to 42 on Tuesday (May 9, 2017) to confirm Scott Gottlieb, MD, as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. Gottlieb, who was nominated by… Read more »

Pernix soars on absolutely no news; naturally, rumors of a takeout flourish

The News: Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:PTX) was one of the week’s top gainers, rocketing $2.02, or 50%, to $6.33 Monday (May 8, 2017)–without a press release being issued, or other… Read more »

Wall Street cheers as Axovant snags biotech star David Hung; failed Alzheimer’s drug not impressed

The News: Axovant Sciences Ltd. (Hamilton Bermuda) announced that former Medivation Inc. (San Francisco) chief executive and founder David Hung has been selected as its next CEO effective April 7, 2017 sending… Read more »

China’s FDA approves AstraZeneca’s lung-cancer drug in new “fast-track” program; European drugmakers beating US to world’s biggest drug market

The News: AstraZeneca PLC (London) has won approval for its lung-cancer pill Tagrisso in China, a key market for the potential blockbuster medicine. Tagrisso is designed to help cancer patients… Read more »

After Trump’s charge of “getting away with murder,” J&J, other Pharmas scramble to tout price restraints; but who’s kidding whom?

Steve’s Take: I thought the pharma business, like any other, was built on the bedrock precept of: charge what the market will bear, until you’re forced to pull back the… Read more »

Novartis repeats possible spinoff for Alcon eyecare unit; the best laid plans gone awry?

The News: Novartis AG (Basel CHE), which spent several years and more than $50 billion acquiring the Alcon eye-care company, signaled it’s ready to give up on most of the… Read more »

Gilead loses record $2.5 billion patent verdict to Merck; so what’s a couple billion when you’ve got plenty more and need to grow–fast?

Gilead Sciences Inc. (Foster City CA) was told by a federal jury to pay $2.54 billion to Merck & Co. (Kenilworth NJ) for using a patented invention as the basis for its… Read more »

Lilly Alzheimer’s drug, like so many others, fails; will true breakthrough happen this century?

Eli Lilly & Co. (Indianapolis RIN) said its experimental Alzheimer’s treatment failed to slow loss of cognitive ability in patients with mild symptoms, a major setback for the company and millions of… Read more »