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

Indictment of 14 at NECC includes murder charges

A far-reaching indictment against 14 New England Compounding Center (NECC) owners and employees not only accuses them of peddling unsterile drugs that infected hundreds of patients with fungal meningitis, but also includes 25 murder charges against two lead pharmacists.

Novartis sues Cipla for ignoring its COPD drug patents

Novartis has lashed out at India's Cipla in court for rolling out a deeply discounted generic of its COPD drug Onbrez without waiting for the courts to rule whether its patents are valid. It has sued Cipla for infringing its patents on Onbrez, known as Arcapta in the U.S.

Stada, Dr. Reddy's and others dodge German drug suspensions with appeals

A host of drugmakers will not have to pull from the market, at least for now, generic drugs that German regulators say are suspect. The companies have bought some time with appeals of a decision by regulators to nix sales of dozens of medications because of flaws in clinical trials handled by an Indian contractor.

No pharma companies will get Danone's medical nutrition biz, because it is not for sale

For months analysts have been handicapping who might buy Danone's medical nutrition business. Hospira was cited as a possible buyer for tax inversion reasons and then Fresenius was said to want it, but was getting frustrated with protracted talks. It turns out, after 8 months of speculation, that no one will get it.

Actavis plan to stop making original Namenda derailed by court

A federal judge in New York has decided Actavis CEO Brent Saunders' plan to move patients to a new version of its Alzheimer's treatment Namenda IR by stopping production on the older, patent-threatened version is not so clever. The court will order the drugmaker to keep making it for now.

Mylan, Stada, Dr. Reddy's drugs suspended after contractor's trial failures

U.S. drugmaker Mylan, Germany's Stada, India's Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and Unichem Laboratories are among 16 drugmakers who have had dozens of generic meds sidelined by German regulators who raised questions about bioequivalence tests.

Sanofi Chairman says French tax burden a killer for attracting execs

Sanofi Chairman Serge Weinberg, who must replace Chris Viehbacher after ousting the outspoken CEO, has publicly expressed his own exasperation with France, saying its high taxes have made it hard to attract talent.

More turmoil in top ranks of Sanofi's diabetes business

Weakening sales in Sanofi's U.S. diabetes franchise are not only hammering its top line, they're roughing up its executives ranks. Shortly after former CEO Chris Viehbacher got canned, in part, for an unexpected announcement about how diabetes drug sales would be soft next year, a vice president of sales in the U.S. left Sanofi.

Ranbaxy now faces product bans in Europe

Six years after the FDA banned products from a Ranbaxy Laboratories plant in Dewas, India, the European Commission and Germany have restricted imports of sterile drugs from the facility.

GSK makes deep job cuts as Advair sales crash fast

Even after going off patent in some markets, the sophisticated inhaler device for GlaxoSmithKline's Advair made it difficult to copy, protecting sales of the asthma drug. But with copies and competition now eating away market share, and payers demanding deep discounts, what Advair is giving GSK is grief, including the loss of at least 900 sales and research jobs in the U.S.