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Head of Pfizer R&D pulls up stakes, goes to AstraZeneca.

Pfizer‘s Inspra meets primary study goals early – Pfizer reported Thursday that it plans to stop enrolling patients ahead of schedule in a late-stage trial of Inspra (eplerenone) after those taking the drug experienced a significant reduction in risk of cardiovascular death or heart failure hospitalisation compared with those receiving placebo...more

Sanofi‘s prostate cancer drug: 28% survival improvement in study – Sanofi-Aventis’ cabazitaxel candidate prostate cancer drug combined with prednisone reduced the risk of death by 28 percent compared with another treatment, the outcome of a final-stage trial showed. The French drugmaker said on Thursday that the combination of the treatments led to an improved median overall survival of 15.1 months against 12.7 months in patients who took a chemotherapy of mitoxantrone with prednisone/prednisolonemore

Intermune to lay off 40% of workforce – InterMune Inc. said it will fire about 60 employees, or 40 percent of its workforce, to reduce costs after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected the company’s lung drug earlier this month...more

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TODAY’S NEWS

A rough patch for J&Joff-label Topomax promotion; Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) means “ride-alongs”; OTC product recalls. Ouch.

Glaxo and Novartis dinged by FDA for potentially misleading promotions. More here on the Novartis situation, which involves Gleevec websites.

Intermune gets major setback for lung treatment – InterMune took its best case for pirfenidone to the FDA, and lost. The agency ruled Tuesday afternoon that the developer would need to mount a new clinical trial for the drug before it could provide a green light for marketingmore

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Gorgeous pictures of railway bridges. Lots of ’em!

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Botox heading to an arm near you – The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved Allergan‘s botulinum-based drug Botox to treat spasms of the elbow, wrist and fingersmore

Abbott to boost pipeline with Facet buy – Abbott says the acquisition will boost its early- and mid-stage pharmaceutical pipeline. The developer has its eyes on two primary therapeutic areas–immunology and oncology. The highest-priority program is daclizumab, a Phase II biologic for multiple sclerosis that will move into Phase III trials in Q2 of 2010. Facet is already partnered with Biogen Idec on the compound. The biotech also has oncology compounds for multiple myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia in early to mid-stage trialsmore

FDA panel gives (preliminary) green light to InterMune’s lung drug.

Jury verdict against Novartis for rep who claimed retaliation after taking maternity leave.

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More docs using e-Prescribing. Look for this to keep accelerating.

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Eye-catching examples of urban decay photography. More interesting than it sounds!

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Finally! New anti-clotting drug prasugrel (Effient) is given a thumbs up by advisory committee! Great news for Daiichi Sankyo and Eli Lilly.

King Pharmaceuticals the latest to announce major layoffs (22% of workforce). Ouch.

Intermune gets hopeful results in late-stage trials of experiment lung disease drug.

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