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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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The Urge to Merge: Dealmaking Lessons from Pharma History

By Cliff Kalb. The major pressures hindering pharmaceutical industry success have not changed—payer constraints on drug costs, R&D productivity, an increasingly risk-averse regulatory climate, generic encroachment, and negative public perceptions linked to reputation. Looking at the latest rendition of the Pharma 50, prescription drug revenue rankings for the top 10 major global players in 2013 […]
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Cost Cutting No Longer Main Driver of Outsourcing

Biopharmaceutical companies have traditionally considered outsourcing as a way to control costs and manage their internal resources to make the core activities left in-house more efficient. But in recent years, surveys of biopharmaceutical manufacturers by BioPlan Associates have shown that cost cutting is, by far, not the primary reason companies outsource anymore. In fact, this […]
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