Monthly Archives: July 2008

Merck's Yarno Waves Goodbye

After more than 25 years at Merck, Wendy Yarno, the company’s chief marketing officer, will retire. The announcement of Yarno’s stepping down was made this morning in an e-mail to Merck employees. Yarno joined Merck in 1983 as a sales rep, went on to launch Cozaar and Hyzaar, and then eventually was named to oversee […]
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FDA to Pharma: ‘No More Drug Rejections!’

Say goodbye and good riddance to FDA approvable letters! And nonapprovables too! Welcome to the new feel-good Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), where no drug will ever be rejected again. So is it finally a free-for-all for Big Pharma? Not quite. If anything, given the agency’s stepped-up policing of safety signals, the drug […]
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Gene Therapy Files for Approval

An estimated one thousand clinical trials have been conducted for gene therapies in the past 20 years, but to date, not a single drug has made it to FDA approval. However, we may be a step closer as Introgen today announced that it has filed applications with FDA and EMEA for marketing approval of Advexin, […]
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