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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Tracy Staton
We thought Pfizer was on a diet. After all, CEO Ian Read has garnered investor acclaim for his unit sales and spinoffs, and more of that action is expected. But the U.S.-based drug behemoth reportedly made a $100 billion-plus merger pitch to its struggling rival AstraZeneca. That would be quite a deal to digest.
Now that the European Commission has officially approved a two-dose Gardasil regimen for early teens, Merck and Sanofi--who market the HPV vaccine in Europe through joint venture Sanofi Pasteur MSD--will see the number of shots per patient fall.
It's been almost a yearlong contest, but a deal for patchmaker LTS Lohmann appears to be nearing the finish line. The private equity firm Nordic Capital is likely to beat out competitor Wendel for the deal, Bloomberg says, at a price of about $1.7 billion.
Want to take a guess about which three new drugs are marked for greatness in 2014? One of them is obvious. Another, not so much. And the third isn't approved yet.
GlaxoSmithKline has added two more countries to its bribery-investigation list. The U.K.-based drugmaker now says it faces probes in Jordan and Lebanon, in addition to recently announced investigations in Iraq and Poland.
GlaxoSmithKline's albiglutide, now dubbed Tanzeum for the U.S. market, nabbed FDA approval Tuesday.
Novartis is ticking off another 235 boxes on its job cuts list. The Swiss drugmaker plans to lay off 215 administrative and support staff in New Jersey by the end of June, and another 20 in similar positions elsewhere in the U.S., the Star-Ledger reports.
Novartis is shuttering a large part of its once-ambitious RNAi research effort in Boston, FierceBiotech has learned.
In the latest black eye for India's pharma industry, Lupin is recalling some 10,000 bottles of its Suprax antibiotic in the U.S. The pills fell short of standards for purity, the FDA said in a statement on its website.
GlaxoSmithKline has now hit a trifecta in bribery investigations: First China, then Iraq, and now, Poland. According to the BBC, a former GSK sales rep says the company was trading cash for prescriptions in the country in a wink-wink sort of way, by disguising the script incentives as speaking fees.