Where I’ll be next week: Sept. 23-24 – MedAdNews PharmaMed Marketing and Media conference, Princeton, NJ. I’ll be speaking on social media opportunities in pharma, and live-blogging.
Novartis sees positive results with experimental COPD drug – Swiss drugmaker Novartis said a respiratory medicine improved lung function and significantly reduced breathlessness in a late stage trial. The outcome added to data suggesting QAB149 will challenge blockbusters like Pfizer’s Spiriva and GlaxoSmithKline‘s Advair, giving Novartis an edge in one of the industry’s most lucrative therapeutic areas…more
J&J/Elan deal getting the once-over to try to appease Biogen – Elan, the Irish domiciled biotech company, will receive $115m less than previously agreed from Johnson & Johnson as part of a revised investment deal designed to salvage a pivotal partnership with Biogen Idec…more
Eli Lilly to do massive re-org – Eli Lilly announced that it would eliminate approximately 5,500 positions as part of a massive reorganization strategy that’s expected to net the firm reduce $1 billion in costs by 2011. This move will drop the company’s headcount from approximately 40,500 to 35,000. The company hasn’t revealed where the cuts will come from or how many will be real layoffs and how many will simply be reduced positions…more More from the Lilly CEO here.
New MRSA drug approved – Theravance Inc. and partner Astellas Pharma won FDA approval for their superbug-fighting drug telavancin, which will bring the South San Francisco company a $20 million milestone payment…more
GSK will have to share Paxil e-mails in birth defect lawsuit.
An interesting analysis of Qnexa (the next weight-loss drug?) by Jim Edwards. Is it too good??
Metformin as a treatment for cancer??
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A new site for accessing medical device/pharmaceutical sales positions listed by recruiters: MedPharmReps.
JUST FOR FUN
Do you know anyone with their internal organs reversed? Turns out that there are such folks…maybe even you!
We had a wonderful and restful vacation last week, touring through Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. I uploaded some pictures along the way on my “twitpic” account – here’s one sample:
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