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Very big news for Vertex75% of hepatitis C patients never treated before achieved a viral cure after receiving a 12-week course of the company’s experimental drug telaprevir plus the current standard of care, according to results from a phase III studymore

Genzyme’s Pompe remedy approved by FDA; meanwhile, more detail on their consent decree.

More on alleged Wyeth tactics to promote Rapamune off-label. If true, yuck! Gold-in Rule at work.

Connecticut passes new pharma ethics code.

Part 2 of my interview over at MessagingLab blog (by Karl Schmieder): Pharma, Social Media, and the FDA.

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Social Media in Pharma stuff today: An “Ultimate Guide to Facebook“, from our friends over at Pixels and Pills. And, reporting adverse events on social media. More? Sure – comparing how pharma companies are using social media currently (from @healthcarengage). Even more? OK, you asked for it – Social Media and Celebrities in pharma (from John Mack’s blog)

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Examples of Lightning Photography. Stunningly beautiful.

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Watson gets FDA approval to start shipping generic Valtrex.

Novartis oral MS drug – FDA extends review another 3 months – Novartis will have to wait a bit longer in its bid to get the first oral treatment for multiple sclerosis on the market after regulators in the USA put back a review of Gilenia. The US Food and Drug Administration has extended by three months, to September, its review period for Gilenia (fingolimod), previously known as FTY720more

Genzyme: Big fine, big changes to get manufacturing back under control.

Another day, another whistleblower suit comes to light. This time, Wyeth and Rapamune promotion for unapproved uses.

Layoffs at Quintiles.

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The Three “I’s” of Tomorrow’s Successful Company. An important perspective from Dennis Urbaniak (VP U.S. Diabetes, Sanofi-Aventis). Titles, Budgets, and Staff are out – Ideas, Initiative, and Inspiration are in.

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If Shire were in Olympics, they’d now be on the speed skating short track – Shire has been boosted by the news that regulators in the USA will give a quicker review to the firm’s Fabry disease drug Replagal. The company has received fast-track designation from the US Food and Drug Admininstration for Replagal (agalsidase alfa), its enzyme replacement therapy for Fabry disease. The drug has also been available under an early access programme in the USA since December following the temporary shutdown of a Genzyme manufacturing plant which caused the shortage of the latter’s Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta)more

Pfizer gets the FDA go-ahead for updated vaccine – Pfizer said Wednesday the Food and Drug Administration has approved an updated version of its best-selling infection vaccine for infants and children. Prevnar 13 is intended to reduce the risk of infection by 13 strains of pneumococcal disease in children 5 years old and younger. The disease causes ear infections, meningitis and pneumoniamore However, no standing ovation for experimental osteoporosis drug.

Scorecarding which drugs caused the most adverse events. I’m guessing Too Many Donuts trumps all of them combined…

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The Pharma and Healthcare Wiki – one year old and full of value! My friend and co-conspirator Jon Richman launched this very valuable (and quite comprehensive) collection of social media resources and examples a year ago, taking off on my initial SocialRx page and making a great resource for the industry. Need to know what’s going on in eMarketing/eHealth/Social Media? Go there!

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The world’s 18 strangest airports. I’ll say this for my home airport, Newark – you do get to see some awfully strange sights while shuffling for hours in the security lines…

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Pfizer trimming pipeline projects after Wyeth acquisition – Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest drugmaker, said Wednesday it is quitting plans to sell popular pain drug Lyrica as an add-on treatment for anxiety as it shaves about 100 projects from its combined portfolio after swallowing rival Wyethmore

AstraZeneca: 8,000 more cuts coming. Ouch - The reduction will take place by 2014 and comes on top of approximately 12,600 jobs the drugmaker has already cut. The jobs will be eliminated from sales and marketing, R&D, and supply chain operations, along with basic infrastructuremore

Cephalon shuffling the executive leadership suite.

Enzon selling specialty pharma biz to Sigma-tau.

Apple’s new iPad – gamechanger for eHealth? I say Yes – here’s why.

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Governments, pharma, and canceling orders. I agree with Vasella’s perspective about binding contracts.

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If you haven’t seen it before – very funny and all too true. The client-vendor relationship (video). Don’t be “that client”!

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Ouch – more NJ pharma job cuts – Call it the proverbial one-two punch. On Jan. 31, Pfizer expects to chop 400 jobs from Monmouth Junction, where Wyeth maintained research offices. And on Feb. 9, Merck will eliminate 500 jobs from Kenilworth, where Schering-Plough had its headquarters, although it’s not clear which types of jobs will be affected...more

Cephalon‘s jet lag pill not ready for takeoff – For those of you who were unaware, Cephalon is anxiously awaiting FDA approval to sell Nuvigil, a slightly modified form of its Provigil narcolepsy pill, to combat jet-lag disorder. The drugmaker had hoped for a regulatory okay last month, but the agency delayed a decision in order to review datamore. After recent airline news, maybe they should rename it NuVigilant and package it for TSA inspectors…

Anemia drugs – FDA says let’s take a look at safety. Again.
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Roll your own Future. An encouragement to actively shape your professional trajectory.

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Feeling lost? Understood

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Novartis taking full control of Alcon - Novartis AG gained control of Alcon Inc. through the purchase of a 52% stake in the U.S. eyecare company from Nestlé SA in a $28.1 billion deal that is bringing the Swiss drug maker a big step closer to its goal of becoming a global health-care conglomerate. The deal is bringing Novartis’s ownership of Alcon up to 77%, for which it paid Nestlé a total of about $39 billionmore

FDA leaving lumps of coal in the stockings of antibiotics makers (and also being a Scrooge about Pfizer‘s Prevnar). Yes, I know Christmas is over. It just seemed like an apt analogy…!

The patent cliff - some biggies due in 2010.

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Yes, it’s cold and snowy out there. But here are some incredible examples of snowflakes (close-up photos) that you can enjoy from the warmth of your office!

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Sanofi - now laying off contract sales reps and some others.

Pfizer and compliance. That’s a lot of corporate integrity agreements (from PharmaGossip blog)

From the NYTimes: Menopause, as brought to you by Big Pharma – MILLIONS of American women in the 1990s were told they could help their bodies ward off major illness by taking menopausal hormone drugs. Some medical associations said so. Many gynecologists and physicians said so. Respected medical journals said so, too…more

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