Category Archives: Biotech

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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NIR in Cerebrum

NeuroPerspective’s editor and publisher, Harry Tracy PhD, was invited to provide a current assessment of the funding environment for therapeutics programs in the areas of Neurology/Psychiatry by Cerebrum, published by the Dana Foundation. That article–The Neuro Funding Rollercoaster–was released 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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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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Forum and CIAS

Forum Pharmaceuticals (formerly EnVivo) announced today that their two Phase III trials of FRM-6124 in CIAS (Cognitive Impairment Associated with Schizophrenia) failed to hit their co-primary endpoints.   No details were provided, but there apparently are signs of a treatment effect … Continue reading

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Kerrisdale Provides Less than Sage Advice

On March 23, a number of NeuroPerspective subscribers and sources forwarded to us a ‘report’ prepared by Kerrisdale Capital on SAGE Therapeutics. Subheaded ‘Overhyped Lead Drug Headed for Failure,’ it gave the illusion of a detailed, seemingly well-researched critique of … Continue reading

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Valeant Needs Autopsy, Not CPR

Neurogram/August 2015: “This brings us to Valeant Pharmaceuticals. We despise Valeant, a company that routinely treats acquired companies like poachers who have machine-gunned an elephant in the veldt, stripping the tusks while leaving the carcass to rot in the tropical … Continue reading

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