Category Archives: Strategy

Pharm Exec’s Pharma Top 50 in Brief

The vigorous return of M&A activity this year brings us back to the question: is more size and scalable efficiencies the best solution to the declining market power of pharmaceuticals in an endlessly restructuring healthcare system? Anecdotal evidence combined with some discomfiting statistics on pipeline productivity of the past 15 years suggests that the answer […]
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The Rx Firm Tax Exodus: Is Something Wrong with the U.S. System?

As I read the latest reports of yet another big US Rx firm, this time AbbVie, trying to pull off a “tax inversion” takeover of the Irish-based Shire, I couldn’t help but wonder, what the heck is going on here? Right now, it feels like most major US corporations, especially pharmas, are literally running away […]
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Abrams Talks Social Media at DIA

“It doesn’t turn me on to send a warning letter.” –Tom Abrams, during a Q&A at DIA.  Instead of repeating his yearly Drug Information Association (DIA) conference claim that social media guidance remains among the FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion’s (OPDP) “highest priorities,” to be published in due course, Tom Abrams, director of OPDP, […]
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Big Biotech Gains Offset Big Pharma Losses

Big Pharma employment dropped by 3 percent in the decade 2003–2013, allaying fears that industry consolidation and restructuring would lead to significantly reduced headcounts and payrolls, a report by EP Vantage reveals. The report shows that when it comes to pharmaceutical industry jobs, Big Biotech and specialty drugmakers are growing in significance, more than offsetting the […]
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Challenges to the Specialty Business Model

By Emily O’Connor, Jillian Scaife, and Ryan P. Million Biopharmaceutical drug discovery companies have progressively tailored their pipelines to specialty therapeutic areas and smaller patient populations. However, the specialty business model has lately shown signs of strain and outright constraints in continued scalability. Agents such as Gleevec, Zaltrap, and Sovaldi have been under fire from […]
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