Category Archives: Big Pharma

Cosmetic Changes at GSK

Those–including NIR–who have been watching the GSK plan-for-succession as an indicator of GSK’s motivation to reassume a leadership role in pharmaceuticals, which by definition would include neuroscience, were disappointed by the GSK Board’s decision to anoint GSK’s consumer division head, … Continue reading

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Praying and Paying for Hope

The FDA’s approval of Sarepta Therapeutics’ eteplirsen for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) turned the spotlight on a decision process that has tapped fundamental fissures within the FDA and the scientific community, fractures that could reverberate in far larger scale in … Continue reading

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Allergan Gets It Right

It had seemed for a while that the headlines only reinforced the common public perception that the pharma industry had devolved into a snake pit of self-centered greed. Led by the Three Horsemen of the Pharmapocalypse, Shkreli, Pearson, and Bresch … Continue reading

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Purdue’s Potemkin Village of Addiction-Prevention: Make Them Pay

The Los Angeles Times has published an appalling albeit impressive investigative piece (http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-oxycontin-part2/#nt=oft01a-1gp3; by Ruan, Girion, Glover) regarding Purdue Pharma’s handling of fraudulent Oxycontin prescriptions, and the part that this played in the opioid abuse crisis that has burgeoned in … Continue reading

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Acadia Outsources Compassion and Math

On their quarterly call, Acadia Pharmaceuticals announced the pricing for Nuplazid, freshly approved by the FDA for the treatment of Parkinsonian psychosis (PDP). The price has been set at $1950 per month, about $23,400 per year. A quick scan of … Continue reading

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A Fond Farewell to My Cali-Irish Lass

My Dearest Allergan: The last few months have felt like a dream–you and I idling away the hours by the Irish Sea, picking out a spot for our new corporate cottage, singing the names of the staff we were going … Continue reading

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Questions and Answers Regarding Advisory Committee Membership What is an FDA Advisory Committee? Advisory committees provide FDA with independent advice from outsiders and political cover in the event that something goes wrong. The committees provide advice to the Agency, but … Continue reading

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