Vaccines have basically worked the same way for decades. A pathogen antigen is isolated, used as the basis of a vaccine and administered to the patient. The Pentagon thinks there might be a better way of doing things, and it has tasked Pfizer with investigating its hunch.
Biopharma researchers have accrued a huge library of chemical safety data over the past 60 years, but--as is often the case--much of it is tied up in formats that make computational analysis impossible.
Pfizer says it will support the trend toward making more data from clinical trials available by providing easy-to-understand summaries to patients who participate in the independent studies.
With pressure growing on Big Pharmas to be more transparent with their drug data, Pfizer says it plans to start unlocking the data vaults, with special plans to allow easy access for patients in studies to check out their personal info.
With pressure mounting on drugmakers to make clinical trial data more transparent, Pfizer has started to take steps to open up its results, unveiling more concrete details and a timeline for adoption this week.
Pfizer has always been proud of its design of Viagra, which has become known worldwide for its blue color and diamond shape. It thinks enough of it that it is fighting a pitched legal battle in Korea with drugmaker Hanmi Pharmaceutical over the shape of Hanmi's generic, which has grabbed nearly half the market there.
The past few weeks have seen a spate of pharma manufacturing cuts, with Actavis, Merck and Pfizer all whacking jobs. And Pfizer has continued its busy end to 2013 by revealing it is to close a packaging plant in Ireland, laying off 150 workers in the process.
Pfizer is shedding 150 employees at its facility in Newbridge, Ireland. The company says the cuts are needed as generic competition continues to eat away at its revenues. The move comes just two weeks after the U.S. drugmaker targeted a plant in Puerto Rico for closure.
Pfizer likes the growth potential in the over-the-counter niche, and so it keeps piling new products onto the unit from around the world, ignoring investors who would like to it unload the business and share the wealth.
When Pfizer began its virtual trial in 2011, the technology it used was at the forefront of innovation in clinical research. Yet two years later, some of the ideas are already looking dated, with the rise of smartphones meaning Pfizer now foresees participants using their own devices, instead of dedicated tools.