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Are pricey cancer drugs worth the cost? ASCO means to find out

Public debate over high drug prices is one thing. But pushback from doctors is something else altogether. And when those doctors happen to be in charge at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, drugmakers might want to start worrying.

Don't bet on a home-run drug launch, even for power-hitting drugs

Two-thirds of new drugs fall short of expectations their first year on the market and continue to fall short after that. But McKinsey & Co. consultants found that good launches are very, very good. What makes the difference? The consulting firm took a close look at 60 different drug launches to find out.

Big Data's double-edged sword: Better drug marketing, bigger SG&A cost cuts

Big Data could be a big deal for Big Pharma's commercial operations. It could help top drugmakers slash another $35 billion-plus in costs over the next several years, to keep margins up. But it's small drugmakers that could benefit most strategically, a new report finds.

Who loses most in Lilly vs. Novo diabetes study? AstraZeneca

Eli Lilly is one step closer to launching its promising new diabetes drug dulaglutide--and one step closer to putting a crimp in Novo Nordisk's big-selling rival, Victoza.

Thumbs up or down on megamergers? Depends on your point of view

These days, "merger of equals" is the preferred term, and some companies are on the lookout. Others, particularly R&D types who've lived through integrations they'd rather forget, decry the idea. The pro-and-con debate rages on.

Eisai's revved-up Belviq marketing starting to pay off, analysts say

When it comes to addressing the market, pharma has three P's, according to Eisai's Michael O'Brien: physician, payer and patient. And as VP of specialty marketing, O'Brien is looking to hit each of them in promoting the recently launched weight-loss drug Belviq.

Patient groups don't trust pharma marketing. So what to do?

Every year, PatientView takes the temperature of patient groups around the world and delivers its verdict on the pharma business. This time around, survey respondents gave a thumbs-up to drugmakers' innovation and quality. They weren't as impressed, however, with pharma marketing.

FiercePharmaMarketing: AstraZeneca's Brilinta comeback runs aground on DoJ probe

You're trying to jump-start sales of a drug that never has hummed on all cylinders, but now, you're seeing signs of life. Then the feds show up, digging into the study data that justified that drug's FDA approval. That's the conundrum facing AstraZeneca and its Brilinta blood thinner, now under investigation by the Justice Department.

FiercePharmaMarketing: The thinking behind Novo's big U.S. recruitment drive

Given the thousands of pharma sales layoffs over the past several years--and recruiting focused on emerging markets, especially China--staffing up in the U.S. or Europe is out of the ordinary. Yet that's just what Novo Nordisk has been doing: hiring reps by the hundred in the U.S.

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