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We’re in the pre-ASCO oncology news build-up phase. Here’s a brief preview. And even more here.

Does HGH really help athletes? Interesting article – the last paragraph is the kicker.

Whistleblowers (J&J) get a payday. And, allegations about illegal sales practices by Roche with Tamiflu.

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Karl Schmieder of MessagingLab interviews me about Impactiviti. Plus – the timing is never really “right,” is it? 29 and Counting.

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If this doesn’t make you want to visit South America some day, nothing will!

AND, a pharma spoof – So, What’s your Problem with Gram-Negative Bacteria?

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It appears that the 3-way bidding war for Ratiopharm is going to be won by Teva. So, who will Pfizer go after next?

Abraxis jumps after successful lung cancer comparative trial – The Abraxis product, Abraxane, combines paclitaxel with a human protein to administer it in higher doses, according to company data. During the trial, in the third of three phases generally required for regulatory approval of a medicine, Abraxane showed a more successful response rate in treating non- small cell lung cancer than paclitaxelmore

Roche bullish on some pipeline drugs for cancer and cholesterol – The chief executive of Roche Holding AG said on Wednesday the Swiss drugmaker’s experimental drugs to treat melanoma and raise “good” HDL cholesterol could transform treatment of cancer and heart disease. In an interview, Roche Chief Executive Officer Severin Schwan said its drug designed to raise good cholesterol, called dalcetrapib, “could be a game changer in how we treat lipid diseases,” noting it is being tested in 15,000 patients in partnership with Japan Tobacco Incmore

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25+ Amazing Cappuccino Artworks. Amazing is the right term here – wow! How could you bring yourself to drink one of these??

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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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New experimental RA/Lupus drug suspended after patient deaths – Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG and U.S. biotechnology company Biogen Idec are suspending rheumatoid arthritis and lupus treatment ocrelizumab after it caused deaths, casting doubt over the drug’s futuremore

So, what about Amylin‘s Byetta? The pundits are dueling as potential once-a-week version approval draws near…

An interesting background story on Pfizer‘s expensive oncology “miracle” drug Sutent.

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A “trifecta” social media approach – Novartis sponsors a community, Twitter account, and Facebook Fan Page for Cystic Fibrosis patients. How are they doing? An Impactiviti review.

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Top 10 Most Stupid Inventions. No disagreement here!

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Big news on the leukemia front: NovartisTasigna gets priority FDA review for newly-diagnosed patients; and Roche/Genentech‘s Rituxan approved for CLL.

A quarter of new prescriptions go unfilled.

Statins: cardiovascular benefits far outweigh the diabetes risks – Statin drugs raise the risk of diabetes significantly, but the danger appeared puny compared with their cardiovascular benefits, researchers found in a meta-analysismore

Gilead looking to ride a Quad to victory in HIV – Gilead Sciences has gone some way to ensuring that its dominance of the HIV market continues after phase II data from its “Quad” pill presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections showed non-inferiority to its second best-selling drug, Atriplamore

Pharma eMarketing round-up: some great links and a big, thought-provoking question.

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I don’t recommend you try this at home! But what happens when an iMac meets a house fire? The result is…surprising, to say the least!

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Delay on inhaled insulin – a case of FDA “ooops”??

Roches‘s Actemra (RA treatment) approved by FDA – The Food and Drug Administration cleared the medicine, Actemra, in adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, the Swiss drugmaker said today in a statement released by its South San Francisco, California-based Genentech unit. The FDA delayed approval in 2008 after the drug was backed by the agency’s outside advisersmore

All that hubbub from the story about how well anti-depressants really work: this is a pretty telling paragraph from the NY Times – That story begins to take shape when you consider what the new study actually said: Antidepressants do work for very severely depressed people, as well as for those whose mild depression is chronic. However, the researchers found, the pills don’t work for people who aren’t really depressed — people with short-term, minor depression whose problems tend to get better on their own. For many of them, it’s often been observed, merely participating in a drug trial (with its accompanying conversation, education and emphasis on self-care) can be anti-depressant enoughmore

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A classic: The Saturday Night Live “Chicken of the Sea” skit.

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So…is Roche‘s Tamiflu really that effective? – The effectiveness of Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu in treating flu complications in healthy adults can’t be determined because the Swiss drugmaker wouldn’t supply data from eight studies, an independent research group saidmore

The pharma layoff toll in 2009. Ugly.

Pfizer to move into biosimilars? Not a bad long-term strategy, actually: focused diversification – Pfizer Inc., which became the biggest drugmaker selling widely prescribed pills such as the Lipitor heart medicine, is preparing to enter the business of making cheaper copies of pricey, injectable drugs from biotechnologymore

Do those anti-depressants work? Maybe at a deeper level than previously thought – Antidepressant medications taken by roughly 7% of American adults cause profound personality changes in many patients with depression, far beyond simply lifting the veil of sadness, a study has found. Researchers saw strong drops in neuroticism and increases in extroversion in patients taking antidepressants, two of five traits thought to define personality and shape a person’s day-to-day thoughts and behavior. The findings are striking, researchers said, because psychologists have long thought that such fundamental traits are moorings of an adult’s personality that shift very little over a lifetimemore

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Major surgery at Sanofi. How the transformation of a top 5 pharma company is taking place.

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Not all subways are boring. Check out the architecture of these!

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