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

Reuters: Sanofi in $8.5B sell-off talks with Mylan, Abbott, private equity

We know plenty of Big Pharma companies are hawking portfolios of old products. What we don't know is who might buy them. One answer came earlier this week, when Mylan said it would acquire an ex-U.S. portfolio of Abbott Laboratories meds in a $5.3 billion stock swap. Now, it might be Sanofi's turn--and Mylan and Abbott are part of that chatter, too.

Pfizer amps up its 'Get old' campaign with more content, more social media

What's #FOGO? Hint: Many of us have it. Another hint: Pfizer wants people to talk about it.

FDA garbles social media education, but social media discipline is clear enough

The FDA may be having problems handing down its social media commandments. But it's playing enforcer just the same.

Fifth Circuit backs shield against branded pharma's liability for generic harms

The court fight over Pfizer's stomach drug Reglan (metoclopramide) has yielded another ruling in Big Pharma's favor. Once again, a U.S. court has ruled that branded drugmakers can't be sued for damages allegedly caused by generic versions of their drugs.

Roche's Avastin up for another lift with fast-track cervical cancer review

Roche's cancer blockbuster Avastin has yet another shot at boosting sales. The FDA put Avastin up for priority review in cervical cancer, with a decision date of Oct. 24.

J&J's powerhouse drug launches drive 21% boost to Q2 pharma sales

Johnson & Johnson is always the first Big Pharma to roll out quarterly results. So, investors and analysts watch J&J's numbers for hints about the rest of the industry. But these days, J&J is more of an anomaly than a leading indicator. Why? Its drug sales are growing--big time.

Riled by $84,000 Sovaldi, Senate panel digs into Gilead's Pharmasset buy

Add a new set of pricing foes for Gilead Sciences). A U.S. Senate committee has joined the forces arrayed against the company's breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi and its $84,000 price tag.

Mylan beefs up outside the U.S. with $5.3B deal for Abbott drug business

Mylan has been hunting for a buy. Now, it's found one. The Pittsburgh-based generics specialist is buying a big chunk of Abbott Laboratories' drug business, in a stock swap worth $5.3 billion. With $2 billion in annual sales, the products would jack up Mylan's top line by almost 30%.

Pfizer yanks 220,000 Pristiq bottles on pill mix-up

For the second time in recent months, Pfizer is recalling hundreds of thousands of bottles of a drug when one was found to contain the wrong tablet.

PBMs join chorus of support for easy names on biosimilar drugs

The FDA is getting an earful from another group intent on saving money on biotech drugs. A coalition of pharmacies, health insurers, unions and pension plans asked the agency to allow biosimilar drugs to carry the same generic names as the drugs they copy. Easy to substitute the biosim for the brand, easier to cut biotech drug spending.