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Had a great time last week at the SPBT conference. Planning to get out a summary post later this week…

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Big news for Novartis: FDA panel unanimously recommends approval for oral MS drug – A Food and Drug Administration panel has unanimously backed the safety and effectiveness of Novartis’  multiple sclerosis treatment fingolimod. The panel voted 25-0 in support of fingolimod’s “substantial evidence of effectiveness” in treating patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. That makes it likely the drug will be the first oral MS treatment to gain FDA approval, beating Merck, Sanofi  and Teva – all of which are developing their own oral MS drugs – to the punchmore

Glaxo cuts 700 more sales/marketing positions – A Glaxo spokeswoman said 700 sales and marketing staffers (and related support staff) have taken buyout offers in recent months, while others’ jobs are being cut. She declined to give a total figure, but said the cuts are affecting “a variety of different positions in the U.S. pharma commercial staff.”more

Uncomfortable links being investigated – ARB high blood pressure drugs/cancer; Daiichi‘s Benicar and heart disease; troubling new data on GSK‘s Avandia and heart disease.

A “pill mill” in Kansas and multiple fatalities from the “lollipop of death.”

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Fresh from the tube this weekend: the first ever DTC commercial for medical devices?

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This may just be the most hideous website “designed” by man. Do not click with any consumables in your mouth…

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Could low-dose Avandia be useful in preventing diabetes onset? This would be good news for GSK GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Avandia helped prevent the onset of diabetes when taken at a low dose with another drug, according to a company-sponsored study that suggests the regimen may help patients without raising heart attack risk. Half doses of Avandia and the therapy metformin, when combined, cut the risk of developing diabetes by two-thirds compared with placebo, Canadian researchers said..more

We’re in the gusher phase of the pre-ASCO press release flood. This sneak peek on BMS products is intriguing. More here – Four Scenarios for BMS.

Lying about data – people just don’t seem to learn. Sigh. And that goes for financial folks, politicians, climate scientists – it ain’t just pharma, folks!

Cephalon, Provigil and Nuvigil.

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New iPhone app released by Novartis subsidiary CibaVision. My “live” review while playing with it – mixed feelings. And, while we’re doing reviews – a north Jersey restaurant (Tabor Road Tavern) that blew me away.

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Who needs PSA tests for prostate cancer when you have Fido? What’s interesting is that this is – amusingly – serious!

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Hugely encouraging results for Novartis‘ new experimental (oral) MS treatment – Novartis’ Gilena has delivered an impressive performance in a Phase III trial in patients multiple sclerosis, cutting relapse rates by 62% in treatment-naïve patients and sustaining its effects for more than two years. Importantly, data from the two-year FREEDOMS study, presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, also showed that relapse rates were reduced by a significant 44% in patients who had previously been treated with other drugs for MS, highlighting the potential benefit of switching therapiesmore

Gilead starts late stage testing of “4-in-1” HIV pill.

An interesting account of regulatory “unintended consequences.” How to make a cheap drug very expensive.

Cephalon hopes to gain more cheddar by adding some Swiss. Sorry – couldn’t resist…

Celgene: the new “big kid” on the block.

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An amusing patient health video made by J&J. Well worth 4 minutes of your time. The Appointment.

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Oldie but goodie from The Onion – American to start charging fees to Non-passengers.

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Patenting genes called into question. Frankly, this is a legal/medical/sociological discussion that needs to happen.

Cephalon‘s jet lag indication on Nuvigil may be stuck on the runway for a while.

When companies – and agencies – can’t count. An expensively amusing tale.

The Top 20 Drugmakers, listed.

Another experimental cancer drug hits the wall. That’s two in two days. Bummer.

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Huw Tippett, head of global sales for Novartis, explains his firm’s new focus on creating customer value and unlocking value from key accounts – Why Pharma Needs a New Commercial Model.

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What’s really inside your computer? Intel….or her?
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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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FDA warning letters to Lilly, Bayer, Amylin, Cephalon.

Wow: ARBs for hypertension reducing Alzheimer’s symptoms? – Drugs commonly used to lower blood pressure, sold by AstraZeneca Plc, Sanofi-Aventis SA and Merck & Co., may also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Boston University analyzed the medical records of more than 800,000 U.S. veterans and found those taking angiotensin receptor blockers were up to 24 percent less likely to develop dementia than patients on other medications. Patients already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease were half as likely to be admitted to a nursing home and had a 17 percent reduced risk of dying if they were taking the medicationsmore

FTC wants to put a stop to the “pay-to-delay” deals – Jon Leibowitz will hold a press conference today to ask Congress to include a provision in the health care reform bill to end deals in which brand-name drugmakers offer payments or other inducments to generic rivals to delay copycat versions of best-selling medsmore

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Visual awesomeness. Photo of Martian dune field. Quite spectacular!

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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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Feeling lost? Understood

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