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 or find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Tracy Staton

Say what? CVS Health execs figure PCSK9 meds to cost up to $150B

CVS Health is raising eyebrows with a new estimate: A coming class of pricey cholesterol meds could cost the U.S. as much as $150 billion per year.

Glaxo's Connelly bows out amid scramble to turn around U.S. business

GlaxoSmithKline's sputtering U.S. sales gave the company a black eye with investors. Now, the company's U.S. chief is stepping down. Deirdre Connelly is out the door, the company told employees on Tuesday, with SVP Jack Bailey rising to take her place.

Le Figaro: Sanofi will tap Bayer's Brandicourt as CEO this week

Olivier Brandicourt is the man. Sanofi will officially hand the reins to Brandicourt this week, Le Figaro reports, ending months of speculation about the French drugmaker's new CEO. Now heading up Bayer HealthCare, Brandicourt has reportedly been on Sanofi's short list since ex-CEO Chris Viehbacher made his untimely exit--or perhaps before.

Docs, drugmakers conspire on lucrative new doses of old meds: NYT

Behind the usual pharma scenes is a network of doctors, small drugmakers and distributors hawking new dosages of old drugs, a practice that allows physicians to dispense them and reap the profits by billing insurers directly.

Hedge funder's first assault on iffy drug patents? Acorda's MS med Ampyra

Last month, Texas hedge fund manager Kyle Bass said he had pharma and its "questionable" patents in his sights. Now, he's made his first move--and he's said 14 more targets will follow.

Bayer rolls up its sleeves for major reorg after plastics unit departs

After Bayer hives off its plastics business, it's going to remake the rest. The German conglomerate will merge its HealthCare and CropScience divisions into one life-science-focused company, and if sales are any indication, the health side of things will dominate.

AstraZeneca $7.9M kickback settlement shows risks of payer discounting

The U.S. Justice Department has slapped AstraZeneca for an alleged kickback scheme. The $7.9 million penalty is peanuts compared with Big Pharma's other marketing settlements--in fact, AstraZeneca's own settlement topped $500 million.

Pfizer CEO thinks buys and swaps, with an eye toward future breakup

Pfizer CEO Ian Read not only isn't done with deals after his Hospira purchase; he's also looking at creative swaps, a la the Novartis-GlaxoSmithKline deals.

Gilead plots new hires, new commercial HQ in London

Gilead Sciences is setting up a new commercial headquarters in London, as a beachhead for growth in the U.K. and beyond. Together with expansions in R&D, the new HQ will double Gilead's work force in England to 600, with 400 of those employees based in London.

Gilead's pricey Sovaldi lost a patent in India. Now, its EU patent is under siege

Gilead Sciences might have expected a hepatitis C patent challenge in India. But in Europe? Not so much. But that's exactly what Gilead is getting. After losing its bid for a new Indian patent covering its blockbuster treatment Sovaldi, Gilead is now threatened with a similar action at the European Patent Office in Munich.