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

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.

AbbVie's $1.635B breakup fee to Shire, if paid, will run third highest ever

Breaking up is hard to do, and can be expensive. AbbVie is getting into record territory with the $1.635 billion breakup fee it will have to pay Shire for canceling their $55 billion deal.

Lilly will close Puerto Rico plant, affecting 100 workers

It has been a tale of two cities when it comes to Eli Lilly's operations in Puerto Rico. Its plant in Carolina has been slotted for $240 million in investments in the last year, benefiting from its buildup in insulin products, and its plant in Guayama is getting axed, a victim of patent losses.

Hospira says saline recall will not make shortage worse

Hospira, the country's largest producer of sterile drugs, is recalling two dozen lots of saline solution, along with 30 lots of other products, because the bags on one of its delivery systems can leak and products might get contaminated.

AbbVie-Shire deal in jeopardy, but not necessarily dead

Shire, which believed only a day ago that it would soon be bought out by AbbVie in a $54 billion deal prompted by tax advantages, is not going to just roll over and play dead now that its pursuer is getting cold feet. It insists the deal should go through.

Novartis' Russian growth plans get delayed

Novartis is reportedly caught between EU sanctions on Russia and the dictates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has told Western drugmakers that he expects them to build plants and transfer technology as the price of admission to the growing market.