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

Another strike against Merck's sugammadex as FDA nixes advisory panel confab

Merck & Co. says it's expecting yet another rejection from the FDA for its anesthesia drug sugammadex, as the agency scrapped an advisory panel's review of the drug slated for next week. The FDA told the company it plans additional site inspections before it hands the info over to an advisory committee.

Pfizer chief gets a pay boost, but two underlings get bigger ones

Pfizer CEO Ian Read got a nice pay bump for 2015, with a total package of $23.3 million--more than one-quarter bigger than the previous year's total. But a big chunk of that increase came in the value of his pension. Back that out, and Read's compensation only grew by $280,000.

Can AstraZeneca expect big things from long-awaited Brilinta data? Maybe not, analysts say

Much-anticipated data on AstraZeneca's clot-fighting drug Brilinta, unveiled over the weekend at the American College of Cardiology meeting, showed that Brilinta did stave off serious cardiovascular problems, when used long term alongside aspirin. But the numbers were small enough--and the bleeding risks high enough--to put a damper on new sales hopes.

Colorado lawmakers pass biosim substitution bill

Colorado's house of representatives passed a bill allowing pharmacists to substitute biosimilar versions of biotech drugs, even when the brands are prescribed by name. The approach would almost mirror the substitutions allowed with standard generic meds, except for the fact that pharmacists would be required to notify doctors about the change.

Cost watchdogs back Novartis' Xolair for big new market in chronic hives

England's cost-effectiveness watchdogs have changed their mind on Xolair. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence decided to back the Novartis asthma drug as a treatment for chronic hives, after sending the drugmaker back for more data last year.

Watchdog groups decry FDA's move to let reps hand out journal articles

The FDA rolled out some guidelines last June that would allow drugmakers to hand out medical-journal articles to doctors. And now, the consumer watchdogs at Public Citizen, along with a bevy of patient groups, are in full protest mode.

J&J boosts CEO pay to $25M, doubles R&D chief's haul

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky got a multimillion-dollar pat on the back for 2014. J&J's board upped his pay package to almost $25 million, with more cash, more options, and a much bigger chunk of J&J stock.

Hopeful Merck execs talk up early Belsomra launch results

Last month, Merck & Co. finally rolled out its long-awaited sleep drug, Belsomra (suvorexant). After years of delays and disappointments at the FDA, it's safe to say that no one expects the drug to churn out big sales this year. But that's not to say Merck doesn't have its ambitions.

AstraZeneca adds hefty share grant to CEO's £3.5M pay

AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot got a bit of a pay raise last year, with a 3% bump to his base salary. His bonus jumped, too, putting his salary, bonus and cash benefits at £3.5 million. But Soriot's real boost came in the form of equity that won't pay off for a few years: Some £4.8 million in shares, under the company's long-term incentive plan.

Can Apple's new ResearchKit really transform drug R&D?

Amid all the pomp, circumstance and sans serif fonts in Apple's latest product launch, the company took a break from pumping expensive new gadgetry to unveil a piece of software with the potential to change the medical research landscape.