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Allergan - Rolling high-stakes legal dice re: Botox. Here and here.

Novo’s Victoza: nice results in comparison with Merck‘s Januvia. Plus, an experimental Januvia competitor gets dropped by Forest Labs.

Experimental once-a-day malaria drug looking really good – An experimental once-a-day malaria drug worked as well at treating the mosquito-borne illness as Novartis AG’s twice-daily pill Coartem, according to a study published today in the journal Lancetmore

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Botox heading to an arm near you – The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved Allergan‘s botulinum-based drug Botox to treat spasms of the elbow, wrist and fingersmore

Abbott to boost pipeline with Facet buy – Abbott says the acquisition will boost its early- and mid-stage pharmaceutical pipeline. The developer has its eyes on two primary therapeutic areas–immunology and oncology. The highest-priority program is daclizumab, a Phase II biologic for multiple sclerosis that will move into Phase III trials in Q2 of 2010. Facet is already partnered with Biogen Idec on the compound. The biotech also has oncology compounds for multiple myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia in early to mid-stage trialsmore

FDA panel gives (preliminary) green light to InterMune’s lung drug.

Jury verdict against Novartis for rep who claimed retaliation after taking maternity leave.

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More docs using e-Prescribing. Look for this to keep accelerating.

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Spitting into the wind – Allergan sues the FDA about freedom of speech (esp. off-label discussions).  This particular legal discussion needs to happen, actually – but it takes a brass pair to be the one filing the suit!

Medical iPhone applications – list of 25 here, plus this one just released.

Genentech’s Lucentis: effective in a week in study – The optical drug Lucentis proved effective in two late-stage studies in improving the vision of patients with retinal vein occlusion as early as the seventh day of treatment, Genentech said on Sundaymore

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Amgen gets approval for one (but not another) indication for their new bone drug – Food and Drug Administration experts unanimously voted that Amgen’s injectable drug denosumab helps prevent bone fractures in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. But panelists said the drug should only be used by patients who face the greatest risk of fractures. In a separate 12-3 vote, the panel ruled against using the drug as a preventive measure for women with low bone density…more

Schering gets approval for new shizophrenia drug – Schering-Plough Corp. said Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Saphris tablets for acute treatment of schizophrenia in adults and acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder in adults. The pharmaceutical company said that Saphris is the first psychotropic drug to receive simultaneous initial approval for both indications…more

King‘s Embeda is approved by FDA: may help counteract pain-pill abuse – The Food and Drug Administration cleared the extended- release morphine product, Embeda, the agency said today in an e- mail. Embeda contains a chemical designed to counteract the morphine if the capsule is crushed, chewed or dissolved in alcohol to get the full dose at once. The company said, and the FDA agreed, the evidence wasn’t conclusive that the chemical truly interfered with the morphine high. More here at the WSJ Health blog.

Allergan‘s Latisse – maybe the new baldness treatment? Stay tuned!

I like to stay on top of early-on encouraging oncology advances. Many don’t pan out, of course. But this sort of result is a nice glimmer!

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Just what we need – another takeover rumor! Is GSK interested in Allergan? Or, perhaps, is Allergan interested in its own acquisitions?

Hospira cutting its workforce by 10%.

Dendreon finds a new way to endanger Provenge. This is a head-scratcher…

PLUS – Pfizer grabs its new Oncology Business Unit head from Cephalon.

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Procter and Gamble to leave pharma? Procter & Gamble Co is working with Goldman Sachs Groupto identify potential buyers for its pharmaceuticals brands or find other ways to exit the business, people close to the matter said late on Wednesday, the Financial Times reported. Plus, Allergan the latest to announce job cuts.

Green tea blocks effectiveness of popular cancer drug. Wow. Contrary to popular assumptions about the health benefits of green tea, researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have found that the widely used supplement renders a cancer drug used to treat multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma completely ineffective in treating cancer.

Novartis gets back to #1 with Managed Care Pharmacy Executives. Novartis’ rebound to No. 1 with pharmacy executives can be attributed to a big win in the area of value-added services, taking the top spot away from Pfizer. One pharmacy executive said, “Novartis has strongly responded to a previous deficiency in this area.” Pharmacy executives considered Novartis a leader in value-added services due in large part to its successful patient education materials and staff support.

PLUS – J&J and Social Media. A recap on the Eye on FDA blog. And – Pharma earning back trust – it’s a long post, but well worth the read. It ain’t just a PR problem, folks…from John Mack‘s Pharma Marketing blog.

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The Sales Force Shuffle, from Pharmaceutical Executive – The last week the pharma atmosphere was abuzz with news about sales force cuts, outsourcing, and overhauls. First, Schering-Plough announced that it had eliminated the 1,000 sales positions it said it would trim in April. This is being done as part of a new sales model called—internally—a productivity transformation program (PTP). The new model, to go into effect next month, will streamline the sales force to take a more customer-centric approach, including targeted and relevant physician calls and a relationship management–oriented business model…more

Alpharma to King: No. – In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Alpharma calls the $37-a-share offer was inadequate and continues to explore all strategic alternatives, including a possible sale to King or another party for a higher price…more

Lilly CEO to Boston: you’re scaring us away – The ink is barely dry on a new law governing how drugmakers can market to docs, but Lilly’s John Lechleiter isn’t wasting time trying to make lawmakers regret their decision. In remarks to the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Executive Forum, he claims the law will hamper innovation and force companies to reconsider expanding in Massachusetts, The Boston Business Journal reports…more

B-I goes to the shrink – The drugmaker has ended a contract with InVentiv, one of the players in the Rent-A-Rep business, which was promoting its troubled Micardis, an angiotensin receptor blocker, otherwise known as a blood pressure med…more

The needle or the drug? – Acupuncture works as well as Wyeth’s antidepressant to fight hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms caused by breast cancer treatment, and its benefits last longer without causing unwanted side effects, according to new research…more

Pfizer’s Pfuture – The big drugmaker is dramatically stepping up sales efforts in emerging markets, overhauling US business operations and slashing more costs ahead of the 2011 patent loss for cholesterol blockbuster Lipitor, the Associated Press informs us…more Plus, going after emerging markets for growth

Paxil damages sperm? – A group of 35 healthy men who were given Paxil over a five-week period had higher levels of sperm with damaged DNA, according to a report..more

Medicis to re-state numbers; stock plunges.

Tarceva linked to liver damage - Genentech Inc and OSI Pharmaceuticals have alerted doctors about cases of liver damage among patients who took the cancer drug Tarceva in a post-approval study, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday…more

Takeda goes for diabetes combo – Takeda Pharmaceutical Co said on Wednesday it had applied for approval to market in the United States the SYR-322 and the Actos diabetes drugs in a single tablet for the treatment of type 2 diabetes…more

An interesting analysis on adverse event reporting, and social media.

Is the war on cancer really winnable? A realistic and pessimistic analysis from Newsweek.

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