Category Archives: BioFollies

Parsley, SAGE, Marathon, and Timing

–with apologies to Simon and Garfunkel, 1966 SIDE A NIR has long been an admirer of how SAGE Therapeutics has been able to leverage predictive power from tiny pilot studies in Severe Status Epilepticus (SRSE) and Post-Partum Depression (PPD)—but today’s … Continue reading

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ToneDeaf Therapeutics

(from NeuroPerspective Jan-Feb 2017) (Cambridge, MA 12/8/16):  ToneDeaf Therapeutics, a startup company based in Cambridge, today announced they have obtained seed funding from undisclosed investors with which they will take their cutting-edge Auditory-Reception-Facilitation device, ARF, into IND-preparation. “It is tragic … 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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New Literacy Requirement for Physicians

“FDA has approved a brand name change for the antidepressant Brintellix (vortioxetine) to decrease the risk of prescribing and dispensing errors resulting from name confusion with the blood-thinning medicine Brilinta (ticagrelor). The new brand name of the drug will be … Continue reading

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http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees

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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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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