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

The formularies are here! Brace yourselves for the 48 new exclusions

It started in 2011 with just a handful of drugs. CVS Caremark chucked 34 meds off its formulary, partly in a snit over copay coupons, partly just to see what would happen. Now, CVS' excluded list comprises almost 100 drugs and related products.

Pfizer needs to ink a big deal, pronto. GSK or Actavis, maybe?

A couple of things happened this past week to set off new chatter about a Pfizer megadeal. First, GlaxoSmithKline posted disappointing earnings and cut its full-year forecast, sending its stock into the dumpster--and its market cap tumbling. Then, Berenberg analysts issued an investor note extolling the potential virtues of a Pfizer-GlaxoSmithKline combo. Let the speculation continue.

Zogenix seeks partner, steers Zohydro marketing away from weak New England

Marketing can be a bit like dating. If you're not getting results with one target, then it's best to focus on someone else. That's exactly what Zogenix is doing, by tweaking its Zohydro launch strategy.

Hep C a rare disease? Drugs from Gilead, J&J, et al. could make it so, but at a price

The good news: Hepatitis C could be a rare disease just 20 years from now, thanks to stepped-up screening and new-but-pricey treatments. The bad: governments, taxpayers, private insurers and health-plan members will have to foot the bill. And it's quite a bill.

Novo Nordisk more valuable than GlaxoSmithKline? That's what investors say

Who'd have thought Novo Nordisk could zoom past GlaxoSmithKline in the pharma market value rankings? Predictable or not, that's just what's happened. As Bloomberg reports, Novo shares are up 27% this year, pushing its market cap to $120 billion, several billions past Glaxo's.

Sanofi plots FDA app for blockbuster-to-be dengue vaccine in early 2015

Sanofi's in line to rack up blockbuster sales after hitting a wide-open market with its dengue vaccine, analysts predict. And company CEO Chris Viehbacher thinks those sales could start rolling in before next year is out.

Amgen builds case for bigger Kyprolis market with impressive second-line data

Amgen put out the word Monday that adding Kyprolis to combo therapy with Celgene's Revlimid beat out the Revlimid combo alone in melanoma patients who had relapsed.

Express Scripts hits Amgen, Zogenix as it punts another 25 drugs

Express Scripts has struck again. The pharmacy benefits manager is barring another 25 drugs, including some aging heavyweights like Amgen's anemia drugs Aranesp and Epogen, and newer meds such as the controversial painkiller Zohydro, made by Zogenix.

Private equity weighs $10B-plus combo of aging Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline brands

GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi could both unload their on-the-block products in one fell swoop. As the Financial Times reports, a handful of private equity firms are considering a buyout of both Big Pharma portfolios, planning to merge the two into one bigger set.

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.