When the FDA approved Wyeth's antidepressant Pristiq in 2008, the nod came with a number of provisions to do postmarketing studies, including one in pediatric patients. Seven years later, Pfizer, which bought Wyeth in a 2009 megamerger, has fulfilled that obligation to disappointing results. The drug failed to hit its endpoint.
Just weeks after winning the first case to go to trial that accused Pfizer of hiding birth defect risks for the children of women who took the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy, the pharma giant has again convinced a jury that there was no credible connection. The results are positive for Pfizer, but the company still faces more than 1,000 lawsuits alleging similar claims.
A study released today that pitted Hospira's biosimilar Inflectra against its reference drug Remicade in patients with rheumatoid arthritis is good news for Hospira, and by default Pfizer. It found that patients who were switched to the copy did just as well, with no unexpected side effects, as they had on Merck and Johnson & Johnson's Remicade.
Sterile injectable drugs are notoriously tricky to manufacture. Mylan has found that out the hard way, and it's now expanding a recall of cancer drugs that it began in April because they may contain particulate.
Pfizer executives were warned by one of their own scientists about a potential link between the antidepressant med Zoloft and birth defects, accordingly to a newly surfaced document cited by Bloomberg.
Sterile injectable drugs are a growth area, but they are notoriously tricky to manufacture. Mylan has found that out the hard way and is having to expand a recall of cancer drugs that it began in April because they may contain particulate. Some of the drugs were manufactured for Pfizer.
Pfizer's bid to protect its pain drug Lyrica (pregabalin), which has lost some patent protection in the U.K., has had some unintended side effects.
Specialty drugmaker Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (Sobi) has given the cold shoulder to a potential buyer, that may or may not be Pfizer, who was not giving it the kind of financial appreciation that it believes it deserves. But given the frenetic M&A market, an analyst says it is probably just a matter of time before someone snaps up the orphan drugmaker.
Pfizer's "Get Old" campaign is going in a new direction. The drugmaker's counterintuitive--yet quite successful--aging campaign celebrates turning four with a new look and attitude built around commencing, appropriately timed to the new-graduate season. And it already has older folks taking selfies on the streets of New York.
A move by Takeda Pharmaceutical to consolidate its Vaccine Business Unit into hubs should allow sharper focus on a complex set of vaccine programs covering norovirus, dengue and seasonal influenza in an increasingly competitive global horse race.