Tracy Staton

Biography for Tracy Staton

Tracy Staton, Senior Editor

Tracy Staton is the editor of FiercePharma and FiercePharmaMarketing. She has been a freelance writer for eight 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 tracy@fiercemarkets.com or find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Tracy Staton

Fast-growing Celgene snaps up Merck's abandoned NJ campus

Out with the old guard, in with the new. In another sign that Big Biotech is elbowing into the top levels of pharma, Celgene has agreed to buy Merck & Co.'s old campus in Summit, NJ, adding the sprawling 1.3-million-square-foot complex to its already growing operations in the city.

Scientists dig up new evidence linking GSK's Pandemrix with narcolepsy

A team of Stanford University scientists think they have found a potential reason why GlaxoSmithKline's now-withdrawn flu shot Pandemrix was associated with a spike in narcolepsy cases.

Drug price increases hit record for Q2, with no sign of slowdown, analysts say

We've heard plenty of anecdotal reports about expensive drugs, from the long-running brouhaha over Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C drugs to the consternation about pricey new cancer meds. But occasionally, there's a broader view--and not surprisingly, that shows some impressive price inflation, too.

Novo Nordisk pulls Tresiba in Germany on pricing dispute

Germany's tough price negotiators went too far for Novo Nordisk. The Danish drugmaker is pulling its new diabetes drug Tresiba off the market after authorities said they'd price the long-acting basal insulin on par with old human insulin injections.

Feds want Novartis to cough up $3.4B in damages, fines in kickback case

Kickback allegations against Novartis just got scarier. After years of investigating the Swiss drugmaker, the Justice Department and 11 states are demanding almost $3.4 billion in damages and fines in a False Claims Act lawsuit nearing trial.

Pharma to EU officials: We need 'contingency' supply plans in case of 'Grexit'

Drugmakers are raising an alarm about shortages in Greece as the possibility of a "Grexit" looms. That "worst-case scenario" could put supplies in peril, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations warned European Commission officials, with suddenly cheap meds in Greece diverted for sale at higher prices in neighboring EU countries.

Novartis tests performance pricing for much-anticipated Entresto launch

Novartis has big plans for its much-anticipated heart failure remedy Entresto. The Swiss drugmaker figures it can parlay impressive trial data on the drug into its biggest launch in years--perhaps ever.

Danny Glover signs up with Avanir to spotlight pseudobulbar affect

Actors cry and laugh on command, but people who have pseudobulbar affect can't control their crying jags or laughing fits.

More SCOTUS fallout: Appeals court revives Lamictal pay-for-delay fight against GSK, Teva

In the post-FTC v. Actavis world, cash doesn't have to change hands for a pay-for-delay deal to fall afoul of antitrust law. That's becoming clear as court rulings pile up. And a new U.S. appeals court decision specifically addresses a branded drugmaker's agreement not to launch an authorized generic of its branded drug.

Nurse pleads guilty to taking Insys kickbacks as Subsys marketing probe continues

In an apparent sign that federal prosecutors are zeroing in on the pain-drug maker Insys Therapeutics, a Connecticut nurse and top prescriber has pleaded guilty to accepting $83,000 worth of kickbacks from the company.