Eric Palmer

Biography for Eric Palmer

Eric Palmer, Senior Editor

Eric Palmer is a business and technology journalist with more than three decades of prize-winning experience as a reporter and editor with daily, weekly, monthly and online publications. He was healthcare reporter for The Kansas City Star before becoming deputy business editor for the daily newspaper. He spent eight years as editor of The Kansas City Business Journal, which had a strong emphasis on the healthcare industry. On the personal side, he is an avid fly fisherman, cooks and collects wine, and likes to travel with his family. Eric is based in Kansas City and can be reached at epalmer@fiercemarkets.com.

Articles by Eric Palmer

Novo finds new way to sell Tresiba in EU while awaiting another shot in U.S.

Novo Nordisk is hustling to get work done so that it can resubmit its blockbuster hopeful Tresiba to the FDA next year with an eye on getting into the market by 2016, three years after the FDA squelched its plans with its initial denial. In the meantime, Novo is finding new ways to combo Tresiba up and sell it in Europe where it is approved.

GSK China scandal resolved with $500M fine and suspended jail sentence

Chinese justice came swift and in secret for GlaxoSmithKline today. A top executive narrowly escaped prison, and the company was convicted and will pay a fine of nearly $500 million for bribery in a country known for its corruption.

Sanofi and MannKind hatch plan to boost the margins on Afrezza

MannKind has been starved for cash, so it was huge for the California-based pharma to strike a deal with Big Pharma player Sanofi to help market its inhaled insulin Afrezza. But Sanofi has something else that can cut their costs and fatten up their bottom lines. It has insulin.

Roche says fake MabThera has surfaced in EU

Roche is again tracking down counterfeits of some of its cancer meds in Europe after an importer in Germany discovered the fakes. In this case, it is counterfeit MabThera, sold as Rituxan in the U.S.

Salix hands off Relistor, other drugs to Lupin in Canada

Salix Pharmaceuticals, which has its hands full with a tax inversion merger and the integration of Santarus, will hand off Canadian sales of some of its drugs to India's Lupin. The package includes Salix's opioid constipation drug Relistor, a drug which has fallen far short of its initial potential.

Lilly says with new data, it will seek another approval for Cyramza next year

Eli Lilly has harbored big hopes for its newly approved cancer fighter Cyramza. It expects it to get a string approvals, and with new data in hand, it said it will go to the FDA with an application for colon cancer in the first half of next year.

Amarin loses a second FDA appeal over omega-3 pill Vascepa

Amarin and its omega-3 pill have struck out with the FDA again. The Irish company said today that the agency has again turned down its appeal to reconsider its clinical data it hoped would help it win a label extension for Vascepa, dealing a new blow to its efforts and its financial well being. This FDA first rejected Amarin's request in January.

Merck's Frazier disses tax inversion strategy, at least for Merck

Tax inversion deals--buying a controlling share in a sizable company to shave a corporate tax rate--are all the rage among pharma players. But to Ken Frazier, doing a mega deal just to pull off tax inversion doesn't make sense, at least not for Merck.

FTC takes after AbbVie, Teva for pay-for-delay deal on AndroGel

Even as the FDA is questioning the widespread use of testosterone-boosting drugs for men, the Federal Trade Commission has sued AbbVie and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries for keeping a generic of one out of their reach for years. It is one of the first actions brought by the FTC since the Supreme Court last year said that so-called pay-for-delay deals are not inherently illegal.

GSK, Pfizer partnership wins EU nod for HIV pill weeks after FDA approval

Hot on the heels of its FDA approval, a new combo pill from the HIV-focused partnership of GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, has won approval in Europe. ViiV Healthcare said that the EU had given a green light to its once daily combo pill Triumeq, an approval that will help it reach the $5 billion in peak sales it has been forecast to capture.