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

AstraZeneca CEO trumpets Q2 victory as troops fortify against Pfizer's return

AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot talked to analysts and reporters for hours Thursday, touting his company's unexpectedly strong second-quarter results. And they were worth touting. But make no mistake: Soriot's remarks were meant for a different audience.

What's the gleam in Sanofi CEO's eye? Could be Q2--or a canny PCSK9 maneuver

See Sanofi's second-quarter results? You'll notice a spark of new life at the French drugmaker, which hiked its forecast for the year, thanks to stalwart diabetes meds, fast-growing rare disease products, an emerging markets recovery, and solid action in consumer health.

Craving respiratory dominance, AstraZeneca inks $2.1B deal for Almirall's lung meds

AstraZeneca has agreed to pay $875 million up front--and up to $2.2 billion total, with milestones--for Almirall's respiratory portfolio. The deal brings a couple of marketed drugs, and a list of pipeline meds that includes a combo drug Almirall is developing with U.S.-based Forest Laboratories.

Will he or won't he? Pfizer CEO scouts big deals, but 'silent' on AstraZeneca rebid

No news isn't good or bad for Pfizer deal-watchers. It's just no news. Anyone hoping for a halfway-clear idea of CEO Ian Read's next buyout move was disappointed after Tuesday's second-quarter earnings call with analysts.

J&J, Pharmacyclics celebrate yet another nod for leukemia med Imbruvica

Johnson & Johnson's new blood cancer drug Imbruvica (ibrutinib) is on a roll. The FDA just armed the drug with a new indication in chronic lymphocytic leukemia, adding to a series of regulatory nods.

Beyond the Q2 numbers, three big questions for Pfizer

Pfizer beat analyst expectations for earnings. That's not as positive as it sounds, and it's certainly not the whole story.

AstraZeneca rolls out preemie newspaper ads to fight Synagis limits

Drugmakers cheer when influential doctors' groups revise treatment guidelines to include new drugs. But as AstraZeneca's MedImmune unit knows, those groups can backpedal. 

Merck spokeswoman: Sales layoffs to hit PA-based field reps

The job-cutting ax has come out for Merck's U.S. field force, as part of a move to cut 600 positions by August. 

GlaxoSmithKline CEO: Open to spinning off consumer health biz

GlaxoSmithKline pulled off a $20 billion asset swap with Novartis in April, hiving off its oncology business and building up in consumer health and vaccines in one fell swoop. But that restructuring might not be enough, CEO Andrew Witty tells the Financial Times. A future spin-off may be in order.

Bristol-Myers beats profit estimates, thanks to strong Yervoy, Eliquis numbers

Bristol-Myers Squibb's melanoma drug Yervoy and clot-fighter Eliquis helped boost its earnings past analyst forecasts, with $333 million in profits on $3.9 billion in revenue.