January, 2024

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Return-to-Office Pushes Can Cause a ‘Riot’

Copyright Clearance Center

A growing number of managers want workers in the office more often, citing the connections, collaborations, and innovations that in-person work can bring.

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Pfizer's layoff campaign ramps back up with dozens of SF-area cuts expected next month

Fierce Pharma

The start of the new year doesn’t seem to have dulled the zeal of Pfizer’s global cost-cutting campaign, which has already left hundreds of jobs in its wake. | Come mid-February, Pfizer will lay off some 52 employees at a facility in South San Francisco, according to a recent Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act alert. The site is the former headquarters of Global Blood Therapeutics.

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Pharma Horizons: Artificial Intelligence

European Pharmaceutical Review

The first in our inaugural Pharma Horizons report series is dedicated to exploring the latest advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for drug development, pharmaceutical manufacturing and quality control. AI/ML is predicted to be the top technology investment for 60 percent of life sciences companies over the next two years, according to a recent survey 1 from the Pistoia Alliance.

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We’ve Actually Treated Tens of Thousands of People on Ozempic to Date – Here’s What Really Happens and What It Likely Means for Solving Our Obesity Epidemic

MedCity News

We and our collective organizations’ providers have treated 10,000’s of Americans, who suffer from obesity and/or Type 2 diabetes with GLP-1 drugs. And we believe we have important observations to share.

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Optimizing Clinical Supply Strategy: Navigating Challenges & Finding Your Ideal Model

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Merck is on the lookout for more opportunities within immunology

Pharmaceutical Technology

At the JP Morgan Healthcare conference, Merck (MSD) indicated its eagerness to continue to establish its place in the immunological space.

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How Quantum Computing Will Impact Pharma in 2024: Q&A With Erik Huestis, Partner at Foley Hoag

PharmExec

Huestis discusses the ways that quantum simulation and quantum systems can be used in areas such as drug discovery and the creation and protection of intellectual property in the life sciences industry.

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Former Pfizer statistician found guilty of insider trading on Paxlovid trial results

Fierce Pharma

A jury has found a former Pfizer statistician guilty of insider trading after a two-week trial in federal court in the Southern District of New York. | A federal jury has found a former Pfizer statistician guilty of insider trading after a two-week trial in Manhattan. The jury convicted Amit Dagar, 44, of Hillsborough, N.J., of using advance information on successful trial results for Pfizer’s COVID-19 treatment Paxlovid to make more than $270,000 in stock trades.

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Transforming pharmaceutical manufacturing: The AI revolution

European Pharmaceutical Review

Revolutionising quality control In the backdrop of stringent quality standards and regulatory demands inherent to pharmaceutical manufacturing, the addition of AI technologies introduce a paradigm shift. This article highlights the manifold applications of AI, particularly cutting-edge image recognition and computer vision systems, which profoundly impact quality control.

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Ex-Pfizer Employee Convicted for Insider Trades Ahead of Positive Paxlovid Data

MedCity News

The former Pfizer statistician worked on the clinical trial for the Covid-19 drug Paxlovid. A jury found the employee guilty of insider trading for transactions made before clinical data for the antiviral were publicly announced.

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Adverse Event Reports Linked to Counterfeit Ozempic on the Rise

Pharmaceutical Commerce

Concerns regarding hypoglycemia potentially linked to a counterfeit version of Ozempic come at a time in which reports have grown regarding the improper use of GLP-1 receptor agonists for the purpose of cosmetic weight loss.

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How Machine Learning Drives Clinical Trial Efficiency

Clinical trial data management is increasingly challenging as studies grow in complexity. Quickly accessing and analyzing study data is vital for assessing trial progress and patient safety. In this paper, we explore real-time data access and analysis for proactive study management. We investigate using adverse event (AE) data to monitor safety and discuss a clinical analytics platform that supports collaboration and data review workflows.

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Merck, Johnson & Johnson Announce Acquisitions to Bolster Respective Oncology Pipelines

PharmExec

Merck has acquired Harpoon Therapeutics with its clinical stage T-cell engager, whereas Johnson & Johnson acquired Ambrx Biopharma with its expertise in next generation antibody drug conjugates and targeted oncologic therapies.

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Three ways research offices can lead researchers to more funding

Clarivate

Over half of research office leaders say researchers are disengaged. How can you close the gap to win more funding? In late 2023, Research Professional News, an editorially independent part of Clarivate , surveyed research office leaders and staff as well as researchers around the world, taking a close look at the challenges facing them today and in the future.

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Millions of doses of Pfizer's Paxlovid will go to waste in UK, EU as COVID demand plummets

Fierce Pharma

On the heels of a major Paxlovid inventory write-off in the United States, many more doses of Pfizer's COVID-fighting antiviral are going to waste overseas. | At the end of November, more than 1.5 million courses of Pfizer’s Paxlovid had expired unused in European countries, analysts at Airfinity said in a new report. The total tally of expired doses in Europe is expected to hit 3.1 million by the end of next month, representing a value of $2.2 billion.

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CG Oncology is first biotech IPO of 2024, raising $380m

pharmaphorum

CG Oncology completes the first biotech IPO of 2024, raising $380 million for its oncolytic virus bladder cancer immunotherapy.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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How Digital Health Fundraising Took On a Different Shape in 2023

MedCity News

In 2023, digital health fundraising took on a bit of a different shape, according to a new Rock Health report. Startups tried out some creative ways to keep their businesses afloat — including series extension rounds, unlabeled fundraises and silent deals from existing investors.

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Ron Lanton, Partner, Lanton Law PLLC, Discusses New Drug Plus Pricing Models

Pharmaceutical Commerce

In an interview with Pharma Commerce Associate Editor Don Tracy, Ron Lanton, Partner, Lanton Law PLLC, discusses recent moves by CVS and Express Scripts to follow Mark Cuban's drug plus model.

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Immunotherapy changed the cancer treatment landscape. Is the gut microbiome the next frontier?

PharmaVoice

The president of L.A.’s City of Hope Cancer Center believes the current state of cancer treatments can be greatly improved with a peek into the gut’s many mysteries.

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Moderna leads the development of mRNA vaccines in infectious diseases

Pharmaceutical Technology

The rapid sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 and the subsequent development of mRNA vaccines led to the authorisation of the first of these vaccines in late 2020.

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What the FDA's New Dosage Guidance Means for the Future of Clinical Research

Speaker: Dr. Ben Locwin - Biopharmaceutical Executive & Healthcare Futurist

What will the future hold for clinical research? A recent draft from the FDA provides valuable insight. In "Optimizing the Dosage of Human Prescription Drugs and Biological Products for the Treatment of Oncologic Diseases," the FDA notes that "targeted therapies demonstrate different dose-response relationships compared to cytotoxic chemotherapy, such that doses below the Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD) may have similar efficacy to the MTD but with fewer toxicities.

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FDA wants classwide boxed warning on all commercial CAR-T therapies amid secondary cancer safety probe

Fierce Pharma

As many have feared, the FDA’s investigation into secondary T-cell cancers following treatment with existing CAR-T therapies is poised to lead to a classwide black box warning. | As many have feared, the FDA's investigation into secondary T-cell malignancies following treatment with existing CAR-T therapies is poised to lead to a classwide black box warning.

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MHRA’s post-Brexit mutual recognition framework goes live

pharmaphorum

The UK medicines regulator has launched its mutual recognition framework for authorising medicines in a move that it says will help to bring new drugs to patients in the UK more quickly.

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‘Food Equity Can’t Be a Side Gig’: How Food as Medicine is Becoming A Core Team Capability

MedCity News

As the food as medicine movement grows, some payers and healthcare organizations are carving out specific roles and teams dedicated to food and nutrition. Doing so can be beneficial considering the significant impact diet can have on health outcomes.

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Keytruda Granted Latest FDA Approval in Cervical Cancer

Pharmaceutical Commerce

FDA approves Keytruda (pembrolizumab) combined with chemoradiation for the treatment of patients with FIGO 2014 stage III to IVA cervical cancer, which is the 39th overall approved indication for the drug in the United States.

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European Clinical Supply Planning: Balancing Cost, Flexibility and Time

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MHRA authorisation is first endocrine therapy innovation in decades

European Pharmaceutical Review

Korserdu ® (elacestrant) is the first treatment indicated for ER+, HER2- advanced or metastatic breast cancer tumours with ESR1 mutations. The endocrine therapy has been granted a marketing authorisation by the UK Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This represents the first endocrine therapy innovation in nearly 20 years. The small molecule treatment is authorised for postmenopausal women, and men, with oestrogen receptor (ER)-positive, HER2-negative, locally advanced

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AstraZeneca Vice President, Head of Breast Cancer Franchise, Discusses Impact of Truqap Approval

PharmExec

In an interview with Pharmaceutical Executive associate editor Don Tracy, Ashley Gaines, VP, head of breast cancer franchise, discusses newly approved Truqap.

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JPM24: Pfizer CEO promises 'year of execution' after recent struggles, Seagen buyout

Fierce Pharma

Pfizer knows it had a bad year in 2023. Speaking to reporters at the 2024 J.P. | Pfizer knows it had a bad year in 2023. Speaking to reporters at the 2024 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Monday, the company’s CEO, Albert Bourla, spoke bluntly about the hits the company took, and he acknowledged the underperformance of certain key launches.

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Women’s health gap estimated at $1trn in new report

pharmaphorum

The disparity in access to healthcare between women and men around the world is often talked about but has never been given a dollar value – until now.

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Unlocking Excellence: How Catalent Is Transforming Japan’s Clinical Research

Planning on running clinical trials in Japan? How can you reliably supply these studies? Discover Catalent’s clinical supply packaging facility in Shiga, Japan. Strategically located between Tokyo and Osaka, and one of largest in Japan, this 6,000 square meter facility offers comprehensive services including primary and secondary clinical packaging and labelling, comparator sourcing, cold chain storage, local and global distribution, local language support and white glove service to support stud

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How Artificial Intelligence Could Be the Ultimate Weapon Against Cancer

MedCity News

Even just a year ago, we couldn’t fathom a cure for cancer. Now, we can. Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming the healthcare industry, with its ability to process and analyze vast amounts of data. Cancer treatment is one area that could benefit significantly from AI, as it can aid in early detection, precise diagnosis, and personalized treatment plans.

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The Impact of Eli Lilly's New DTC Platform on Rx Drug Sales and Patient Access: An Interview with Bill Roth, General Manager, Managing Partner, Blue Fin Group

Pharmaceutical Commerce

In an interview with Pharma Commerce editor Nicholas Saraceno, Bill Roth, General Manager, Managing Partner, Blue Fin Group, discusses changes that will come with the pharma giant's new platform.

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Expert analysis: the latest in HIV research and clinical trials 

Pharmaceutical Technology

A new report from Novotech delves into the multifaceted landscape of HIV, focusing on its impact, treatment, and global initiatives.

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In the post-pandemic era, three players still dominate the infectious disease market

PharmaVoice

Although three companies dominate the space, emerging infectious disease focus areas and a handful of other key players are augmenting the market.

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Roles and Responsibilities of Specialized Clinical Supply Experts

When selecting a clinical supply provider, consideration often focuses upon the manufacturing, packaging, storage and distribution capabilities available that will, at face-value, be sufficient to meet the needs of the sponsor and their trial. However, there are human-based and knowledge-driven factors that are often overlooked that go beyond these basic physical capabilities and are integral to the development and delivery of high performing clinical supply chains.