Biography for Tracy Staton
Tracy Staton is the editor of FiercePharma. She has been a freelance writer for five years, but before that served as editor of the Dallas Business Journal, editor of Texas Business magazine, and a senior editor at American Way, the inflight magazine of American Airlines. She is based in Vermont, and can be reached at email@example.com or find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Tracy Staton
Six whistleblowers are collecting some serious dough for helping the U.S. Department of Justice tag Johnson & Johnson with off-label marketing. Under the False Claims Act, they're due a percentage of the $2.2 billion settlement, and in this case, that's more than $20 million each.
Doctors and patients have been waiting impatiently for the big FDA approval on Friday: Gilead Sciences' breakthrough hepatitis C treatment sofosbuvir, now dubbed Sovaldi. But so have some of Gilead's fiercest critics, and those groups came out swinging.
Novartis Chairman Joerg Reinhardt and CEO Joe Jimenez were once in competition for the chief executive post. Jimenez won out; Reinhardt left to run Bayer Healthcare. Now, Reinhardt's back--but rather than wrest power away from Jimenez, he plans to give Jimenez more.
With the American Society of Hematology meeting in New Orleans, a slew of blood cancer studies are in the spotlight. Three of the releases caught our eye, because they're significant new data on drugs already on the market.
It's the time of year when the days are short and dark, bears are hibernating, fires are burning and people are exclaiming, "Where did the year go?" Alas, we can't answer that question. What we can offer are a few hints about how the year went. Five hints, to be exact, in the form of FiercePharma's 5 best-read stories of 2013.
A morning-after contraceptive pill sold in Europe may not work in women who weigh more than 176 pounds, regulators there said, triggering an FDA review of Teva Pharmaceutical's PlanB One-Step product and its generic versions.
A new study in JAMA Pediatrics finds that sex and money each play a role in U.S. parents' reluctance to vaccinate their children against the human papillomavirus. But a lack of easy-to-understand information about the shots--and often, the lack of a doctor's clear recommendation for them--are also helping to depress vaccination rates.
Two buyout firms are duking it out for LTS Lohmann, a drug-patch maker partly owned by Novartis, Reuters reports. Now that the dust has settled on first-round bids, which were due last month, Wendel and Nordic Capital are still in the running for a deal worth about $1.6 billion.
When Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers stepped into the job in 2010, he had a trove of cash, and he promised to spend a big chunk on deals. A $23 billion chunk, in fact. Since then, the German conglomerate hasn't exactly been audacious in the M&A arena. Bayer has snapped up a healthcare company or three, but it's quick to back away if a price gets too rich.
After Novartis's investor day, the spotlight quickly moved to the company's $5 billion buyback plan. CEO Joe Jimenez and his team also unveiled some details--a few, at least--about the company's strategic review.