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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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Novartis: huge punitive fine in discrimination case. $250 million game-changing dollars.

FDA to the public – let’s talk more. Or, tell us more about what we should tell you.

GSK and more Avandia flak. This story will never end, it seems.

Pfizer and multiple corporate cultures. An interesting interview at Forbes magazine.

The Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology gives a raspberry to the Vanda/Novartis schizophrenia drug Fanapt.

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Good advice for all situations, including business: Give them your heart, then your head. From my friend Drew McLellan.

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Visual treat. The stunning colors of Glacier National Park. I visited there once, years ago – it really is magnificent! And – Slow Motion Gum And Gelatin. Cooler than you might think (quick video).

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Big news for Novartis on two fronts – Novartis has received a couple of pieces of good news from regulators in the USA this morning who have approved its meningococcal vaccine Menveo and granted a priority review for the Swiss major’s investigational oral treatment for multiple sclerosis fingolimod…more

Avandia – the bad news just won’t quit. The heart attack factor, and the when-did-they-not-share-what-info questions. And a call to just pull it from the market. A rough patch for GSK.

BI gets FDA approval for new Extended Release version of Mirapex (for Parkinson’s)

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From Wendy Blackburn: 7 things I Learned at the ePharma Summit. And, from Betsy Raymond StevensonCuring Pharma. Restoring the industry’s reputation will mean a lot of hard work, not just a PR campaign.

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The Good Stuff:

BMS gets approval for new oncology drug (for breast cancer) Ixempra.

Merck gets new HIV drug (Isentress) approved in the U.S. And, their Januvia diabetes drug gets new uses approved.

Abraxis gets cancer drugs approved.

J&J gets Doribax (for intra-abdominal and urinary tract infections) approved.

Bayer reports upbeat MS drug results.

Glaxo: new use of HIV drug Lexiva OK’d.

The Bummers:

Say what? Viagra and other impotence drugs may be causing hearing loss??

Pfizer pulls the plug on Exubera, lets partner Nektar know after the press release.

Novartis details job cuts, and some executive shuffling at the top. They will end a contract sales force agreement with InVentiv Health as part of the pullback.

Major job cuts at struggling Boston Scientific.

J&J‘s drug biz not growing as rapidly as has been typical. Here’s why.

Genentech posts “only” 22% year over year earnings growth. This is apparently considered a disappointment…

VA scraps most use of Avandia.

Byetta and acute pancreatitis: beware!

Pfizer and Wyeth report large charges in their earnings reports (buy Lilly has good numbers)

Speculation, gossip, other stuff:

Biogen hangs out a “For Sale” sign.

Pfizer jumps into Sermo, the physician networking site. Not everyone is thrilled.

Who is Pfizer going to buy up next? Genzyme? Everyone is hot on biotech acquisitions these days…

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