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

Medicines Company sues lawyers for busting Angiomax patent filing deadline

The Angiomax patent saga has a new chapter. Medicines Co. has now sued its law firms, Ropes & Gray and Fish & Neave, saying lawyers busted deadline for a key patent filing, risking premature generic competition for its best-selling anticoagulant.

Celgene's powerhouse Revlimid gets a little Q3 help from new friends Pomalyst, Otezla

Celgene's growth engine Revlimid came through again this quarter. The blood cancer drug's $1.3 billion in Q3 sales--a 19% increase--helped the company hit sales estimates and beat profit expectations. And if a new first-line indication wins FDA approval, expected soon, the drug could take another leap next year.

Cancer survivor's petition pleads with Roche for lower Kadcyla price

Drugmakers are accustomed to grappling with government payers and PBMs over prices. But a pricing fight directly with patients? That's not your everyday occurrence.

Biogen MS superstar Tecfidera misses estimates; hit with first confirmed PML case

Biogen Idec's new multiple sclerosis pill Tecfidera has been on a roll since its launch last year, with more than $1 billion in sales to its credit already. Today, however, the drug hit a couple of speed bumps: Third-quarter sales missed analyst estimates, and the company announced a patient had died after developing a rare brain infection previously linked to MS drugs.

GlaxoSmithKline sets $1.6B in new cost cuts, thanks in part to Advair's U.S. formulary discounts

The saga is familiar: An aging blockbuster loses steam to competing meds, and its maker gets out the cost-cutting ax to compensate.

Novartis hopes to rev up Theraflu relaunch with TV celeb Nick Cannon

Novartis has the face to launch a Theraflu comeback: entertainer Nick Cannon, who's advising Americans to get ready for flu season by getting vaccinated and stocking up on the over-the-counter remedy.

Can't stop gambling or shopping? Parkinson's meds may be to blame, JAMA study finds

When Parkinson's disease patients start taking new meds, doctors go on the lookout for the usual side effects: dizziness, nausea, and the like. But according to a new study, they need to think weird, too. The risk of compulsive behavior--gambling, shopping, sex--is much higher than previously thought.

It's back to basics in M&A, and that's a good thing, Actelion CEO says

At least one potential tax-inversion buyout target is pretty happy about the new deal-quashing rules: Actelion CEO Jean-Paul Clozel. In fact, he says, the slap at inversions is not just good for him and Actelion, but for the whole pharma industry.

Will Pfizer rebid for AstraZeneca? Keep an eye on U.S. midterm election for clues

Will Pfizer come back at AstraZeneca? That's been the question of the summer, especially since the U.S. Treasury Department rolled out new rules for tax-inversion deals.

PhRMA hits back at payers with new site highlighting coverage shortfalls

U.S. payers have generated a lot of ink protesting against high drug prices. After all, headlines about expensive meds--and patients who can't get them--are catnip for readers.