Build it up, break it down: How can Pfizer acquire AstraZeneca and streamline business?

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Build it up, break it down: How can Pfizer acquire AstraZeneca and streamline business?

April 28, 2014 4:38 pm by | 0 Comments

Pfizer’s $100 billion acquisition pitch for AstraZeneca took an interesting turn this week with both companies (AstraZeneca and Pfizer) clarifying their positions in detail for the first time. The companies’…


FDA approved the lowest number of new drugs in 14 years in Q1

FDA approved the lowest number of new drugs in 14 years in Q1

May 14, 2014 6:30 am by | 0 Comments

The reduction in research and development for new molecular entities led the FDA to approve only six new molecular entities in the first quarter of the year. It was the…


Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca deal rebuffed again

Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca deal rebuffed again

May 2, 2014 7:00 am by | 0 Comments

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) and AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) had returned to the negotiating table, with a sweetened offer for the British drug maker, according to a story by The Wall Street…



Study: Inhaled drug from Novartis to treat COPD rivals GSK’s Seretide

Study: Inhaled drug from Novartis to treat COPD rivals GSK’s Seretide

April 27, 2014 3:00 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) Patients taking Novartis’ inhaled medicine Onbrez Breezhaler for chronic lung disease had benefits similar to those taking GlaxoSmithKline’s Seretide, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday, citing a late stage…


Y Combinator will invest in biotech startups

Y Combinator will invest in biotech startups

April 26, 2014 6:30 am by | 0 Comments

Y Combinator is doing something that technology accelerators, even those planted firmly in the healthcare space, have traditionally avoided. It will invest in biotech startups. Technology accelerators never expressed interest…


Can Pfizer build a better psoriasis treatment with rheumatoid arthritis drug?

Can Pfizer build a better psoriasis treatment with rheumatoid arthritis drug?

April 23, 2014 8:00 am by | 1 Comments

Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that a drug discovered and developed at its Groton laboratories has proven effective enough against plaque psoriasis that it plans to formally request regulatory approval for…


Frenzy of pharma deals resembles 2008, but goal is leaner, more focused businesses

Frenzy of pharma deals resembles 2008, but goal is leaner, more focused businesses

April 23, 2014 7:01 am by | 0 Comments

Between Pfizer and AstraZeneca deal rumors followed by a strategic portfolio exchange by GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis and an offer for Allergan this week, it feels like a deal frenzy is…


Maker of Botox wrinkle treatment attracts $45.6B bid from activist investor Ackman and Valeant Pharma

Maker of Botox wrinkle treatment attracts $45.6B bid from activist investor Ackman and Valeant Pharma

April 22, 2014 12:26 pm by | 0 Comments

Activist investor Bill Ackman and his unlikely Canadian partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., unveiled details of their bid for Irvine pharmaceutical company Allergan Inc., which makes the popular Botox wrinkle…



Amidst Gilead’s Hepatitis C pill patent debate in India, concerns about access to breakthrough drug

Amidst Gilead’s Hepatitis C pill patent debate in India, concerns about access to breakthrough drug

April 21, 2014 10:42 am by | 0 Comments

A cure for hepatitis C might seem like welcome news in India, where 12 million people suffer from the disease. But the country isn’t quite rolling out the red carpet…


Biopharma company raises $21.5M to treat inflammatory skin disorders

Biopharma company raises $21.5M to treat inflammatory skin disorders

January 2, 2014 12:23 pm by | 0 Comments

A biopharma management company has created a new business that will use liver X receptor agonists to take on dermatological disorders. NeXeption has raised $21.5 million in a Series A…


Drug shortage list climbs to 300+. What are hospitals, politicians, manufacturers doing about it?

Drug shortage list climbs to 300+. What are hospitals, politicians, manufacturers doing about it?

December 22, 2013 8:42 am by | 0 Comments

The prescription drug Dopamine is so valuable to Dayton Children’s Hospital that what is left of its dwindling supply is kept in a vault, accessible only by the medical center’s…


With 5 postponed public offerings this month, is the IPO window beginning to close for biotechs?

With 5 postponed public offerings this month, is the IPO window beginning to close for biotechs?

November 21, 2013 11:36 am by | 0 Comments

A biopharmaceutical company led by former Cephalon CEO Kevin Buchi has pulled its $103.5 million initial public offering shortly before it was due to begin trading this morning. TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals’ …


How will Obamacare impact drug spending? Tough to say

How will Obamacare impact drug spending? Tough to say

November 19, 2013 8:57 am by | 2 Comments

The impact of the Affordable Care Act has been the subject of much discussion in the pharmaceutical industry. The initial enrollment period has been a bit rickety for consumers and…


How Pfizer reclaimed its Twitter handle: a surreal look at corporate social media

How Pfizer reclaimed its Twitter handle: a surreal look at corporate social media

November 16, 2013 7:30 am by | 0 Comments

Proving one’s identity can be a tricky thing on Twitter. There are probably few things more galling than identity theft. And yet, Twitter has been the source of many incidents…


Report: 5 ways pharma could improve the consumer experience

Report: 5 ways pharma could improve the consumer experience

November 13, 2013 10:03 am by | 3 Comments

Update Last year, pharmaceutical companies spent $3 billion in direct-to-consumer promotions. But a healthcare business intelligence report by PwC ‘s Health Research Institute concludes that with such a high investment,…


FDA urges more safeguards for prescription opioid painkiller refills

FDA urges more safeguards for prescription opioid painkiller refills

November 10, 2013 5:35 pm by | 2 Comments

It’s a common scenario. A barely-used bottle of Vicodin, prescribed for your teenage son when his wisdom teeth were extracted, sits in your medicine cabinet for months — until your…