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The name is changed, but the pump remains the same – Kapidex (proton pump inhibitor from Takeda) is now Dexilant.

Covidien launches Exalgo (pain reliefe) and Pennsaid (NSAID anti-inflammatory).

FDA panel to Acura: Nah – It was red faces all around at Acura Pharmaceuticals Thursday after an advisory committee voted almost unanimously not to recommend approval of the group’s lead product Acurox, an instant release, tamper resistant form of oxycodone. In a damning and decisive looking 19-1 poll, the committee highlighted the fact that the niacin used to deter abuse by producing painful facial flushing if the drug was crushed and sorted or taken excessively orally, could easily be counteracted by eating food or taking aspirinmore

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This one had me laughing uncontrollably. If you like scientific-sounding verbiage accented by a droll and deadpan delivery, you’ll love this.

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Takeda buys into Amylin‘s weight-loss drug portfolio – Takeda will pay $75 million upfront for medicines including Amylin’s pramlintide/metreleptin and davalintide, in the second phase of testing needed for U.S. regulatory approval, Osaka- based Takeda and San Diego-based Amylin said in a statementmore Plus, quickie update on three other anti-obesity drugs being developed by various companies.

New lupus treatment (HGS/Glaxo) looking promising on pathway to approval – Human Genome Sciences Inc said its experimental lupus drug Benlysta was successful in a second large clinical trial, paving the way for approval of the first new treatment for the disease in 50 yearsmore

Vertex HepC drug cures 80%The hepatitis C cure rates of greater than 80% across all four patient groups of the study are also the highest ever recorded in any telaprevir study to date and exceed the cure rates reported in separate studies of boceprevir, a competing hepatitis C drug under development by Schering-Ploughmore

Let’s investigate: Amgen and Shire are the latest.

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Not counting on blockbusters – changes, and the future, at Sanofi-Aventis.

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Bayer turns its headquarters into a giant billboard. Pretty eye-catching (watch the video clip).

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Takeda to move forward with new alogliptin study – Takeda Pharmaceutical Co says it is all set to start an additional clinical trial demanded by US regulators on alogliptin, its investigational type 2 diabetes drug. The Japanese drugmaker noted that the US Food and Drug Administration has agreed to the study design for a cardiovascular outcomes trial, titled EXAMINE for alogliptin, a selective dipeptidyl peptidase IV inhibitor (DPP-4) inhibitor also known as SYR-322. The study will involve 5,400 type 2 diabetes patients at around 1,000 facilities in the USA, Europe and Asiamore

Genzyme leukemia drug study: hard to interpret - “The lack of a randomized study combined with the heterogeneous patient population regarding AML prognostic factors makes interpretation of the study results difficult.” Food and Drug Administration staff said in an analysis prepared for the panel, which meets Tuesdaymore

Smoker’s lung treatment: coming soon from Forest and Nycomed? – An experimental once-daily tablet from Nycomed and Forest Laboratories improves lung function in people with “smoker’s lung” and may be a useful add-on to conventional inhaled drugs, experts said on Friday. Privately owned Swiss drugmaker Nycomed, which is working towards a multibillion-dollar flotation, hopes Daxas will reach the market in 2010 and believes it has blockbuster potentialmore

Pharmas that got hurt by debt shenanigans, including BMS and Teva. And, a rash of drug heists.

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Younger folks just don’t want to take their cholesterol meds.

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A Danger sign you don’t want to see…
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Why Pharma wants Obamacare. Thought provoking analysis from Forbes.

I like the headline: No Non-sinister Deed goes Unpunished. An interesting story about lobbying, healthcare reform, and The Medicines Company.

Takeda re-acquires Actos marketing rights in Canada.

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ePharma Review: Novartis‘ just launched YouTube channel. I consider it a good toe in the water, even if it is one-way communication…

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It’s a cloudy day here in North Jersey. So, here are some amazing pictures of very unusual cloud formations. Enjoy!

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One of Eli Lilly‘s patents on Gemzar invalidated; may shave off 3 years of exclusivity – the method of use patent for its cancer drug Gemzar was invalidated by a federal court in Michigan, the drugmaker said today…more

Merck‘s Gardasil vaccine safe overall, though some questions about promotional practices – two researchers at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons reported that Merck wrongly got professional medical groups to help promote its vaccine through speakers who didn’t provide balanced recommendations concerning Gardasil’s risks and benefits…more

Canadian study: GSK‘s Avandia does have more heart risks than Takeda‘s Actos – Researchers analyzed prescription data for 39,736 patients ages 66 and older who were enrolled in the Ontario Public Drug Benefit Program and began taking Avandia or Actos from April 2002 to March 2008. During the six-year study, 6.9 percent of patients on Avandia died or were hospitalized for a heart attack or heart failure, compared with 5.3 percent of those on Actos…more

So – what about Key Account Management? Some thoughts from Pharmaceutical Executive.

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ePharma Review: My take on Novartis Oncology’s CML Earth. A very good start here for a social media platform; still room for improvement.

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Thought-provoking: People don’t Leave Organizations – They Leave Managers. AND – from my StickyFigure blog – Ask the Right Questions. Where you start determines where you end up…

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I think it’s going to be more than 3 today…!

Does Lantus (Sanofi drug for diabetes) increase cancer risk?

Takeda‘s alogliptin (new diabetes treatment) – FDA says, more info please.

European Medicines Agency approves a variety pack of new drugs and expanded indications. Here’s the rundown.

Drug companies increasingly using Medical Science liaisons. In my industry crystal ball, I think MSL-type folks will increasingly replace pharma sales reps. More from the original WSJ article here.

Newest version of Elan rumors – Novartis perhaps buying the MS part of the portfolio? Could make sense, given Novartis’ recent entry into that therapeutic area.

Roche: bye-bye Accutane – Roche is pulling its Accutane acne medicine from the U.S. market after juries awarded at least $33 million in damages to users who blamed the drug for bowel disease. Roche notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today that it was withdrawing Accutane after a “reevaluation” of its product lines showed it faced serious challenges from generic competitors, company officials said in a statement...more

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OK, so it’s a “baker’s three” (8) today. Makes up for yesterday’s zero…!

Patent-holder urges FDA to NOT approve prasugrel (from Lilly/Daiichi Sankyo).

Novartis getting cold feet at the Alcon altar? – Novartis betrothed itself to Alcon, but it may not follow through with the engagement. CEO Daniel Vasella told Bloomberg that his company might just pass on its option to buy a majority stake in the eye-care companymore

Abbott and AstraZeneca apply for combo drug approval – CERTRIAD is an investigational compound containing the active ingredients of CRESTOR and TRILIPIX under development by Abbott and AstraZeneca for the treatment of mixed dyslipidemiamore

Hope for treating resistant TB? – An experimental drug that starves the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis makes conventional therapy five times more effective against drug-resistant TB, doctors reported on Wednesday. The company-run study found that the Johnson & Johnson drug TMC207, if added to a standard cocktail of five other TB medicines, cleared traces of the tuberculosis bacteria in the sputum of 48 percent of the volunteers after eight weeks. Only 9 percent of patients given the five older drugs alone showed that type of improvement…more

Genzyme buys up rights to Campath from Bayer (for potential MS treatment)

Takeda‘s nex-gen diabetes drug (alogliptin) delayed in Europe also. Major blow.

Questions swirling around Roche/Genentech‘s Avastin – Cancer researchers are beginning to ask why Roche‘s very expensive and very lucrative drug Avastin is not providing bigger survival gains for cancer patients… “Is it a home run drug? No,” says Jennifer Litton, a breast cancer specialist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. “When I’ve seen it work, it works phenomenally, but we need to get smarter as to who those people are that get those dramatic responses.”more

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