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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by Eric Palmer
When Biogen Idec reported last month that a patient taking its hot multiple sclerosis pill Tecfidera had developed a rare brain infection and died, the drugmaker said it believed the safety profile of the drug remained solid. Perhaps so, but the FDA has decided the death was important enough to add a description of it on Tecfidera labels.
AstraZeneca and Ranbaxy Laboratories have been unable to wiggle out of a pay-for-delay case that said they colluded to keep generics of AstraZeneca's blockbuster heart medicine off the market until its patent expired in May 2014. The drug is still not on the market but at this point it is not because of backroom deals but because of FDA oversight and Ranbaxy's drug testing mess ups.
AstraZeneca has been touting its pipeline full of promising products as a reason it will return to growth by 2017 and has no need to hook up with Pfizer. As if to put an exclamation point on that declaration, the company says it will kick off a U.S. expansion that will add 300 jobs so it can realize that potential.
The European Medicines Agency has thrown more cold water on sales of testosterone-raising meds as a party drug for aging men. The agency said today that the evidence is inconsistent about the cardio risks of the drugs, but they should only be reserved to treat men whose level is low because of a medical condition.
How low should LDL go? That is the debate that continues among heart doctors since the American Heart Association upended statin prescribing guidelines last year, and Merck's Zetia is now in the middle of the muddle.
The safety message on Boehringer Ingelheim's key product, Pradaxa, has been mixed. But the German drugmaker has rolled out some new studies that show its effectiveness, as well as some promising data about the antidote being developed to treat serious bleeding in Pradaxa patients.
Ranbaxy Laboratories has filed a federal lawsuit trying to reverse the FDA's decision to cancel its approvals to make generics of AstraZeneca's blockbuster Nexium and Roche's Valcyte.
While in China for the International Summit of Heads of Medicines Regulatory Agencies, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will meet with top Chinese regulatory officials about working cooperatively on drug and food safety.
While the industry is fixated on whether Actavis will save Allergan from a hostile takeover by Valeant or whether Pfizer might be sizing up a run at Actavis, there was a development Thursday that holds huge upside potential for Actavis. That was the FDA's decision to reclassify Mallinckrodt's Concerta generic as not making the grade in equivalence.
For three years, Guido Rasi has been Europe's top pharma regulator, moving aggressively to restore the image of the European Medicines Agency. But his future there is now in doubt, sidelined by a colleague who was miffed that he was not picked for the job himself, the Financial Times reports.