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

Impax cuts nearly 50 employees to save money

Impax Laboratories, which has struggled for several years to get its Parkinson's drug Rytary to market, is moving away from early-stage research and has cut its R&D staff by 42 jobs, a 25% reduction to save money.

Boehringer gets NICE nod for Pradaxa for DVT/PE in U.K.

Boehringer Ingelheim has completed a trifecta of approvals for its blood thinner Pradaxa for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. The U.K. cost watchdog NICE has now given it a thumbs up after the FDA and the European regulators did the same thing this year.

Jobs saved as Boehringer Ingelheim finds Chinese buyer for U.S. plant set to close

About 240 workers at a Boehringer Ingelheim complex in Virginia will have something special to celebrate this Thanksgiving: the prospect of keeping their jobs. Just weeks ahead of closing the facility and laying off all its workers, Boehringer has found a Chinese buyer that intends to add to the headcount there.

Like Novartis before it, AstraZeneca benefits big time from Ranbaxy issues

Ranbaxy Laboratories in June finally managed to finesse its regulatory problems enough to get a generic of Novartis' Diovan to market, boosting its own fortunes while depriving the Swiss drugmaker of the extra revenues it enjoyed for nearly two years. Next up is a generic of AstraZeneca blockbuster Nexium. The question remains when.

U.S. Attorney asks Novo Nordisk about plant in Denmark

Novo Nordisk says the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts has subpoenaed it for information about potential manufacturing issues at a plant in Kalundborg.

Pfizer turns back Mylan's patent challenge to Sutent

Pfizer execs can sigh with relief now that a federal court has backed the company's patents on kidney cancer drug Sutent. The med has become increasingly important to Pfizer as sales of off-patent drugs have faded, and so it was alarming to the U.S. drugmaker when generics maker Mylan challenged the patent in 2010 and filed to make its own copy.

EMA favors AstraZeneca's ovarian cancer drug Lynparza that FDA committee dissed

An FDA committee of experts this summer voted overwhelmingly against approval of AstraZeneca's new ovarian cancer treatment. But reviewers for the EMA gave it a nod for use on patients with platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer and BRCA mutations, FierceBiotech reports.

What does Pfizer's $11B buyback mean for the chances of an AstraZeneca bid?

Pfizer's $11 billion share buyback, announced late Thursday, gave investors something to focus on, rather than fretting about whether the company would renew its pursuit of AstraZeneca once the required cooling off period lapses in November. But some of them immediately started worrying about whether the buyback meant it was less likely Pfizer would do a big deal.

Spinoff fervor grows: GSK looks at ViiV spinoff and investor tells Amgen to break things up

GlaxoSmithKline said today it is considering a spinoff of ViiV, the successful HIV-centric business it shares with Pfizer and Shionogi. Its talk of unlocking the "intrinsic" value of the business mirrored the language a hedge fund investor used hours earlier to suggest that Amgen do much the same thing, breaking into two companies, one for legacy drugs and one for new launches.

Bristol-Myers catches a break as Indian agency delays Sprycel patent decision

Prime Minister Narendra Modi got an ear full from both constituents and the U.S. drug industry about India's approach to drug patents during his first visit to the U.S. last month. Three weeks later, there is evidence the government will take a considered approach to the contested issue.