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

Genentech: Hospitals aren't telling us about distribution-related treatment delays

Genentech begs to differ with a survey finding that its new distribution method is delaying treatment for some cancer patients. Hospitals may be complaining in press releases about the change to Herceptin, Rituxan and Avastin purchasing, but they're not reporting particular treatment problems to the company, Genentech says.

Which pharma needs its cash cow most? It's not just about numbers

Ten companies count on one top product to supply a major chunk of their sales, the business news site Quartz calculates. And several of those are either anticipating some serious pain from a near-term patent expiration or already suffering from competition.

Gilead's hep C combo Harvoni wins NICE blessing at $58K price

The U.K.'s cost-effectiveness watchdogs gave a thumbs up to Gilead Sciences' combo hepatitis C pill Harvoni, despite its £39,000 price, or about $58,000. The pill combines Gilead's new blockbuster hep C drug Sovaldi with another antiviral, ledipasvir, and has delivered impressive cure rates.

Novartis CEO: We can rebuild our good name after 'reputational hit' in Japan

What's going to save Novartis' reputation in Japan? Science, says CEO Joe Jimenez, a week after the government suspended his Japanese unit for failure to report side effects.

Genentech's cancer drug supply switch costs more, delays treatment, survey finds

Top hospitals are still irate about Genentech's decision to move its best-selling cancer drugs to specialty distributors. And they're not giving up on persuading the company to change back.

AstraZeneca director pushing to tie exec pay to big growth promises

The promises are coming home to roost for AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot. Or so reports The Sunday Times, which says the U.K.-based company is once again under pressure to put Soriot's bonus pay on the line for the big goals he touted in defending against Pfizer's $100 billion takeover bid last year.

GSK deal's done. Now, Novartis has to deliver on cancer-growth pledge

Novartis has been rubbing its hands together in anticipation of taking over GlaxoSmithKline's cancer portfolio. Now it can. The two drug giants wrapped up their big sale-and-swap, putting Novartis in charge of GSK oncology meds, from Arzerra to Votrient.

GlaxoSmithKline's new chairman will climb aboard months earlier than expected

GlaxoSmithKline says Sir Philip Hampton is free to take the reins in May.

Pharma wins another round in fight against dreaded drug reimportation

The pharma industry has plugged a hole in the reimportation dike. A federal judge in Maine struck down a state law that allows residents to buy prescription drugs from pharmacies outside the country. The law was the state's version of a federal proposal that has failed several times in Congress.

SC's top court backs Risperdal verdict against J&J, but cuts penalty to $136M

It's bad news and good news for Johnson & Johnson's legal department today. South Carolina's Supreme Court upheld a jury verdict against the company in a Risperdal marketing lawsuit, but did slash the $327 million judgment by more than half.