Author Archives: Julian Upton

Pfizer’s AZ Bid Draws Mixed UK Reaction

The confirmation of Pfizer’s bid for an outright acquisition of AstraZeneca has drawn mixed reactions from the UK. Linda McCulloch of Britain’s biggest union, Unite, said the bid is “very worrying for the UK workforce”, adding that it is “absolutely crucial” that there should be “guarantees of no jobs losses and for the protection on the UK’s […]
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Big Pharma’s Big Tuesday: A New Age of Megamerger?

What’s the opposite of Black Tuesday? White Tuesday? Bright Tuesday? Because Tuesday the stock market was buzzing following the news that Novartis is to acquire GSK’s cancer drugs business, while selling its vaccines division to GSK. With the speculation of a $100bn Pfizer bid for AstraZeneca and Valeant Pharmaceuticals added in, prices went soaring. As of […]
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Six Steps to Better Cancer Care in Europe

A  report published yesterday provides recommendations for combating the “significant inequalities” affecting access to quality cancer care in Europe.
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Innovation Drops Down NICE’s Value Agenda

Innovation as a consideration of value-based pricing decisions will be conspicuous by its absence in future NICE decisions. Omar Ali, a UK formulary development pharmacist and consultant to NICE, speaking at eyeforpharma’s Barcelona 2014 conference on Wednesday, explained that the UK price watchdog will prioritize considerations of wider societal benefit and unmet need as it […]
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Bioscience Research: China to Overtake U.S. by 2020

Bioscience research in China is set to overtake the United States within the next five to ten years, according to data from search engine CiteAb.
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