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

Novo Nordisk blueprints its obesity R&D push in Seattle

Novo Nordisk has made it official: The Danish drugmaker is making a full-fledged go at obesity R&D, looking to build a Seattle hub and hire some investigators as it expands its research palate.

Lew's tax rules prompt AbbVie to weigh financing for Shire deal

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew hasn't scared Big Pharma away from tax inversion deals altogether. But his new rules limiting the benefits of pharma's latest M&A strategy are having some tangible effects already.

EU panel backs slew of new drugs and uses, boosting Lilly, AZ, Novartis, Gilead and more

When Europe's drug approval gatekeepers meet, they often tick off recommendations for some key Big Pharma products. This week, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use backed a whopping 15 new meds and 3 new indications.

Judge tosses RICO claims over AbbVie's Humira, AndroGel copay cards

AbbVie may be under fire from the Federal Trade Commission for delaying AndroGel generics, but it won't have to face racketeering claims over its generics-fighting sales tactics.

AstraZeneca unloads discontinued injectables to specialty generics maker IGI

Talk about selling off old products. AstraZeneca has unloaded 18 drugs it no longer sells to specialty generics maker IGI Laboratories. Apparently, IGI thinks it can profit from reintroducing meds that weren't worth the trouble for a drug giant.

Pfizer preps its case for FDA pulling Chantix's black-box warning

The FDA polished up the official label on Pfizer's stop-smoking drug Chantix earlier this week. It was a victory for Pfizer, the payoff from several studies testing the drug for psychiatric side effects. Essentially, the new label will include study data suggesting that patients using the drug might not be at a greater risk of psychiatric problems after all.

Teva closing up women's health unit Theramex, thanks to lousy Zoely sales

We've seen what happens when a big drug goes generic. Plants close, sales reps lose their jobs. As the impending shutdown of a Teva Pharmaceutical Industries unit shows, the same is true for an on-patent drug flop.

Hail GSK's chairman-to-be Philip Hampton: It's a tough job ahead

It's official: GlaxoSmithKline tapped Royal Bank of Scotland chair Philip Hampton to take the reins as chairman.

Hey, Big Pharma: When the feds swoop in, be nice. It worked for Shire

Shire and the U.S. Justice Department have come to terms: The Ireland-based drugmaker agreed to pay $56.5 million to settle a variety of alleged marketing violations. So far, so familiar, given the long list of pharma companies that wrapped up similar investigations.

Copay coupons get the Inspector General treatment

The HHS Inspector General's office says the fine print isn't enough to safeguard against Medicare recipients' coupon use. Drugmakers have to do more--or risk violating antikickback laws.