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Sanofi taking a heavy dice-roll on Multaq: 11,000-patient trial on expanded use.

A glimpse into Merck‘s late-stage pipeline. Very diverse group of molecules and conditions. Here’s an interesting little extra on the cholesterol drug.

FDA launches 1-800-TATTLE: The FDA is asking healthcare professionals to keep an eye out for violative promotion and to call 1-877-RX-DDMAC or emailing badad@fda.com when they see itmore

Pfizer: NYC layoffs and relos, plus selling a midtown building. And, late-breaking, Takeda also embarking on major cuts.

The VA about to tighten the rules on drug sales rep interactions. Part of a nationwide trend.

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So…who’s been doing the best Social Media in Pharma? The new Dosie Award winners were announced live at the BDI Social Communications in Healthcare event yesterday.

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Sunsets. Nice.

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Note: there will be no Impactiviti Daily for the remainder of this week, as I’ll be away at a conference…

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Biotech: finally profitable – The biotechnology industry is finally profitable, according to a new report out today from Ernst & Young. The report states that biotech companies in the world’s largest hubs — the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia — achieved collective profitability in 2009, marking the first year the industry has ever crossed into the black. The companies in those regions posted an aggregate net profit of $3.7 billion in 2009, compared to a net loss of $1.8 billion in 2008…more

Making quite a living as a pharma whistleblower – drug rep hits the legal lottery twice.

Merck to close three NJ facilities – not a big surprise, post-merger with Schering.

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You really can’t make stuff like this up: Handyman injured after chopping down branch he leaned ladder against.

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COMING UP SOON: BDI’s Social Communications and Healthcare half-day gathering. NYC, May 11 – all details here. I will be leading a roundtable. Use discount code IMPACT for $155 registration rate.

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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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Serene Sunrises. 40. A visual treat.

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Novartis gets niche transplant drug approved in US –  Drug developer Novartis AG said Thursday it received Food and Drug Administration for the organ-rejection drug Zortress. The drug was first approved outside the U.S. six years ago as Certican and is available in more than 70 countries. It is used to prevent organ rejection in kidney transplant patients. The company reported $118 million in sales in 2009more. Meanwhile, ex-Novartis executive moves on to head up Bayer HealthCare.

Merck growing its vaccines business with an acquisition.

Patient adherence: an immensely costly problem – Medical costs of patient non-adherence to therapy costs the US $106 billion each year, according to an Express Scripts study, and missed opportunities for use of cheaper meds and delivery systems costs another $57 billionmore

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The Intersection of Life, Business, and Social Media. According to me. In 2 graphics.

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Ten lovely bridge designs.

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Merck, Schering, Merger, Management, Munificence – it pays to be an exec at an acquired pharmaco.

What’s on the the docket for biotechs in the coming quarter? A nice, quick summary.

Kids’ suicide risk appears to be level across all anti-depressants. Now:  what about the risk of untreated depression??

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Plus: What’s the Single Answer to Pharma’s biggest Digital Marketing Questions? I agree with Wendy Blackburn here.

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Sand and Water. Some fabulous sand sculptures. Plus, eye-catching (even eerie) pictures of running water.

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Great news for hepatitis C treatment (and Vertex) – Adding the investigational drug telaprevir to standard treatment for hepatitis C infection cures about half the patients willing to give therapy a second try. That compares to a cure rate of just 14 percent among those who were retreated with the standard regimen, according to researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI)more

Teva gets approval to market generic versions of two key Merck cardio drugs (Cozaar and Hyzaar).

Sanofi makes a long-term investment into a cool-sounding diabetes treatment (pre-Phase 1).

Is Nuvaring a pinata for plaintiff’s attorneys? – Merck’s Nuvaring contraceptive appears to be headed for the same fate as Bayer’s Yaz pill and Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho Evra contraceptive patch: It’s becoming a pinata for plaintiffs’ lawyers who allege the device is more dangerous than older, equally effective products on the marketmore

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Social Media – Nine things Pharma should learn about Social Media from Dennis Urbaniak (of Sanofi-Aventis US). And, the finalists for the first Dosie Awards are announced.

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Did you know that Niagara Falls once ran dry? True!

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Forbes: Pfizer‘s history of buying pipeline lemons. This does only tell one side of the story, however – Pfizer has also acquired some pretty major hits.

Speaking of flops, a couple of major experimental drugs aren’t looking so hot these days.

FDA taking another look at some bone drugs, in relation to hip fractures – There have long been safety questions — and lawsuits — over whether bone-building drugs like Merck’s Fosamax can actually increase the chance of femur fractures. Today, the FDA said it was going to take another look at the safety issuesmore

Did J&J plan to break the rules with Risperdal? Business Week reports. Plus, Shire gets a “fourfecta” warning letter from the FDA on one marketing promotion.

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