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BlackBerry phones are a defining tech of the first decade of the 21st Century, a time when suited Big Pharma execs used the devices to facilitate multi-billion dollar takeovers. At Pfizer, the mega-merger era it helped create is over, and now its relationship with BlackBerry is coming to a close, too.
When Pfizer came to set up its Twitter account in 2009, the social network was already a big deal, with users sending 100,000 tweets per hour when Michael Jackson died. Arriving late to the party meant the @Pfizer handle was already taken. Now, four years later, Pfizer has finally claimed the account.
Pfizer, which sells the hemophilia drug Xyntha, last year rolled out its HemMobile app to build its relationship with patients who use its treatments. The fact that Pfizer didn't include a version for the BlackBerry goes a long way to explaining why the drug giant is asking its own remaining Blackberry users to turn in those phones.
On the heels of new guidelines casting doubts on a much-hyped new class of cholesterol drugs, the FDA said it would not demand long and costly outcomes trials before approving PCSK9 treatments from the likes of Amgen, Sanofi and Regeneron, clearing the way for treatments expected to rake in up to $3 billion a year.
The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office took Pfizer ($PFE) and Mylan Specialty to task for an ad that they said went too far in promoting how effective the EpiPen is in treating major allergic reactions. The Boston Business Journal reported that Pfizer, which makes the product, and Mylan Specialty, which markets it under license, must pay a $625,000 fine to settle charges in the case.
With Sanofi having already begun enrollment for its 15,000-person Phase III trial, the French company has a clear lead in the race to develop a Clostridium difficile vaccine, but a growing pack is in pursuit. The latest to give chase is a group of European scientists with a new angle--they are developing an oral vaccine.
When Pfizer first let slip that it struck a deal to collaborate with Eli Lilly on the high-risk anti-NGF pain drug tanezumab, the news was delivered without any of the usual deal terms.
The far-reaching environmental consequences of mismanaging pharmaceutical manufacturing are clear in the story of the American Cyanamid site Pfizer acquired responsibility for in 2009. Although the government made its cleanup a priority in 1983, problems remain and Pfizer is shouldering the cost.
Tantalized by various megablockbuster projections for the PCSK9 field of cholesterol drugs, Pfizer has mapped out one of the most ambitious late-stage programs in the industry for RN-316. This week, the pharma giant spelled out plans for a massive cardiovascular outcomes trial to prove to regulators and payers alike that the drug not only works as advertised, but delivers real value to patients.