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

Japanese doc testifies about inflating placebo counts in Diovan trial

A Japanese physician testified in a case involving Novartis Pharma K.K. and its Diovan (valsartan) drug for high blood pressure that he falsified a report while participating in clinical trials for marketing approval, sources said.

Old Allergan CEO Pyott won't join New Allergan's board

Allergan Chairman and CEO David Pyott fought long and hard to keep Valeant Pharmaceuticals from taking over his company. He engineered a $66 billion sale to ambitious Actavis instead, and the Allergan name now lives on as the merged company's moniker. But Pyott won't be sticking around to enjoy the results.

Novartis to pay record $12.6M to settle HHS price-reporting claims

Novartis has agreed to pay the largest-ever settlement over allegations of inaccurate or outdated drug-price reporting to the federal government, HHS officials say. That's not saying much, however: This record-breaking settlement amounts to $12.64 million.

Hep C meds cost-effective, but affordable? With new 46% discounts, maybe

When hepatitis C drugmakers started wooing payers with discounts, the cost cuts made the difference between an overwhelming burden and cost-effective spending. So say two new studies looking at the cost of treating the disease with a new generation of quite effective--but very expensive--treatments.

Another strike against Merck's sugammadex as FDA nixes advisory panel confab

Merck & Co. says it's expecting yet another rejection from the FDA for its anesthesia drug sugammadex, as the agency scrapped an advisory panel's review of the drug slated for next week. The FDA told the company it plans additional site inspections before it hands the info over to an advisory committee.

Pfizer chief gets a pay boost, but two underlings get bigger ones

Pfizer CEO Ian Read got a nice pay bump for 2015, with a total package of $23.3 million--more than one-quarter bigger than the previous year's total. But a big chunk of that increase came in the value of his pension. Back that out, and Read's compensation only grew by $280,000.

Can AstraZeneca expect big things from long-awaited Brilinta data? Maybe not, analysts say

Much-anticipated data on AstraZeneca's clot-fighting drug Brilinta, unveiled over the weekend at the American College of Cardiology meeting, showed that Brilinta did stave off serious cardiovascular problems, when used long term alongside aspirin. But the numbers were small enough--and the bleeding risks high enough--to put a damper on new sales hopes.

Colorado lawmakers pass biosim substitution bill

Colorado's house of representatives passed a bill allowing pharmacists to substitute biosimilar versions of biotech drugs, even when the brands are prescribed by name. The approach would almost mirror the substitutions allowed with standard generic meds, except for the fact that pharmacists would be required to notify doctors about the change.

Cost watchdogs back Novartis' Xolair for big new market in chronic hives

England's cost-effectiveness watchdogs have changed their mind on Xolair. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence decided to back the Novartis asthma drug as a treatment for chronic hives, after sending the drugmaker back for more data last year.

Watchdog groups decry FDA's move to let reps hand out journal articles

The FDA rolled out some guidelines last June that would allow drugmakers to hand out medical-journal articles to doctors. And now, the consumer watchdogs at Public Citizen, along with a bevy of patient groups, are in full protest mode.