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

GlaxoSmithKline soon to name RBS chair Hampton as next chairman

The folks looking for a switcheroo at the top of GlaxoSmithKline may get their wish by the weekend. Sources tell Sky News that GSK is set to name a new chairman to replace Christopher Gent: Philip Hampton, now chairman at Royal Bank of Scotland and a widely reported frontrunner for the GSK job.

Oh, what a tangled web of pharma M&A, starring Pfizer, Actavis, Allergan and Salix

Anyone else feel like we need a mind map to keep track of the incestuous M&A talks going on in pharma right now?

Tax-deal crackdown's victims, say analysts? Mylan and Abbott, not Pfizer and AZ

Pfizer and AstraZeneca, AbbVie and Shire, Hospira and Danone. Those are a few of the merger pairs--actual or potential--that stand to lose from U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's new tax-inversion-fighting rules. Just take a look at AstraZeneca and Shire's market value today: together down $8 billion.

Heads will roll at GlaxoSmithKline, investors say. The question is, whose?

China corruption settlement, check. Now GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty needs to come to terms with investors. With quarterly sales off and new drugs lagging, shareholders are demanding change at the top--and this time, some are willing to go on the record.

Allergan rebuffed Actavis bid, saying it's 'closing in' on a $10B-plus Salix buy

Allergan might have had a reason to play nice with Valeant Pharmaceuticals. When the two companies agreed to set a special shareholder meeting about Valeant's hostile bid, Allergan was busy with two other potential deals.

FDA backs ED upstart Stendra as a fast-acting alternative to Viagra

Companies have been studying Stendra for some sort of competitive edge. Now, they may have found one: The FDA backed the ED pill as a fast-acting treatment, taken 15 minutes before sex. Previously, the directions prescribed a 30-minute lead time.

Real-world hep C patients drop off pricey Sovaldi, CVS study finds

CVS Health has some hard data on Sovaldi's excursion from the Gilead Sciences clinic and into the world. It's not encouraging: More than four times as many real-world patients are dropping off the pricey hepatitis C treatment than in clinical trials.

Put a lid on 'Low-T' drug use, FDA panel advises, threatening AbbVie, Lilly meds

An FDA advisory panel wants to limit the use of testosterone drugs for safety reasons--and the proposed restrictions would shrink sales significantly. That's not good news for AbbVie, the market leader, and other drugmakers that have been riding a surge of testosterone growth.

First-to-market launch? Bonus--but double bonus if you're Big Pharma

When it comes to launching a next-generation drug, first is always best, right? Press releases can call it a "first-in-class" product. Sales and marketing teams can get a leg or two up on any follow-up rivals. What's not to like? McKinsey & Co. wanted to find out.

Can AstraZeneca turn its Movantik constipation pill into a blockbuster?

AstraZeneca's brand-new Movantik has an edge on rivals in the opioid-induced constipation (OIC) market, which is expected to near $2 billion by 2017. It's the first mu-opioid approved for OIC, and the first mu-opioid pill, period.