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 email@example.com or find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Tracy Staton
AbbVie has made Express Scripts' wish come true. Or perhaps it's the other way around. The proud new parent of Viekira, a highly anticipated hepatitis C cocktail, AbbVie now has exclusive access to millions of the pharmacy benefits manager's patients in return for a "significant discount" off its $85,000 list price.
As 2014 winds down, and Gilead Sciences keeps winding up hep C sales by the billion, AbbVie waits, vibrating with anticipation. Its three-drug cocktail is up for FDA approval any day now, and the Illinois-based company is ready to challenge Gilead for market share.
Last week, a New York judge called a halt on Actavis' plan to pull Namenda off the market, throwing off its strategy for switching patients to a newer extended-release version.
This week, the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence blessed Pfizer's kidney cancer treatment Inlyta, changed its mind in support of Bayer's prostate cancer therapy Xofigo, and backed Boehringer Ingelheim's anticoagulant Pradaxa for blood clots in the legs and lungs.
After winning top reviews from the Harvard Business Review for his 2014 performance, Gilead Sciences CEO John Martin has picked up a "best CEO" nod from a Tuck School of Business prof. And the investing site Motley Fool puts him among the year's three "most exceptional" corporate chiefs.
Roche's Lucentis may now have a bigger jump on Eylea in diabetic retinopathy. The Swiss drugmaker's Genentech unit won the FDA's "breakthrough" designation for that indication on Monday. And Lucentis was already on the FDA's priority review track, with a decision date in February.
It's been a good news, bad news week for Novartis and its oncology business. Monday, the Swiss drugmaker won FDA approval for a long-acting version of Signifor, to treat acromegaly, a rare endocrine disorder. But Friday, Novartis announced that Afinitor fell short in a HER2-positive breast cancer trial, dashing hopes for what could have been a lucrative new indication.
Germany's cost-effectiveness watchdog said Bayer eye drug Eylea doesn't perform any better than its Novartis rival, Lucentis, as a treatment for diabetic macular edema.
A California cost-effectiveness panel is prepared to say this about Gilead Sciences' brand-new combination treatment for hepatitis C: It's cost-effective, even at an eye-popping price. But--and this is a big but--the state can't afford to pay it.
Merck's Gardasil follow-up is here, meaning blockbuster sales are likely on the way. But they'll come at the expense of the previous iteration.