Category Archives: Europe

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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BBC Takes Aim at GSK Corruption

GlaxoSmithKline’s legal wrangle concerning corrupt practices in Poland was one target of a pharma expose by the BBC’s flagship current affairs show Panorama this week.
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Biopharmaceuticals: Approvals Rate Best in Five Years

Overall, last year can be considered quite a successful one in terms of new product approvals. Nineteen products containing new biopharmaceutical molecular entities were approved in the United States and/or the European Union. These approval numbers are above average compared to the previous five years, which recorded a mean approval rate of 13 products. The […]
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European Regulator’s Last Ditch Attempt at Transparency

By Peter O’ Donnell. The European Medicines Agency is determined to minimize opposition to its next moves on releasing clinical trial data. It announced last week yet another consultation on its plans to publish the results of trials — a policy it initially aimed at introducing from the beginning of this year. The latest twist […]
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After Delays, Project DataSphere Rolls Out

An industry and academic data-sharing project went live on Tuesday, nearly a year after the platform was expected to launch. Visitors to the site – no credentials needed – can register and access de-identified clinical data from the comparator arms of nine oncology trials, with more to come. Project DataSphere, the newest data transparency and […]
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