Category Archives: Pharmaceutical

FDA’s Confusing Action Against Burzynski – What Does it Really Mean?

Last month the FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued a warning letter to the Burzynski Research Institute Inc. and the Burzynski Clinic regarding claims made for its antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 injections that violate the Federal Food, Drug,…

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The Pharm-eleon is Shedding its Pharma-saurus Skin Again

If the big pharmas are indeed dinosaurs, they have learned to do what their predecessors could not: survive! Pharma may be prehistoric in terms of age compared to biotech, but it maneuvers more like a velociraptor than lumbering brontosaurus, as…

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It’s the Pounds, Stupid

At a family wedding earlier this month, an uncle was salivating over the prospect that the Vivus Inc. drug Qnexa could soon become the first in a new generation of obesity drugs to gain FDA approval. He needed to lose…

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What Drug Problem?

Pop quiz . . . which market is valued higher, illegal drugs or prescription drugs? Although drug lords and cartels are not apt to file annual reports, the United Nations estimates that 5 percent of the global population now takes…

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Big Pharma’s Vanishing Act

It wasn’t exactly love at first sight back in 1976 when Genentech Inc. became of legal age to go forth and incorporate, but the platonic relationship between biotech and pharma has increasingly mellowed over the ensuing 36 years into an…

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Conference Etiquette – is There an App for That?

There’s a new contagious condition circulating that has even infected the biotech sector: e-Distraction, with bad manner side effects of indecorum, insensitivity and more. The wealthy are often regarded as egocentric and out of touch with reality by the 99…

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Is H5N1 Easy to Catch Already? Is That Good News?

The virus in the 2011 movie Contagion ‑ about a rapidly spreading, highly lethal virus and the panic that ensues ‑ is based partly on the H5N1 bird flu virus. Scientists have lauded Contagion for its scientific accuracy in showing…

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He Said What?!?! Best Biotech Quotes of 2011

As BioWorld Insight readers know, our “Word on the Street” column provides a sample of the most entertaining and thought-provoking quotes our staff stumbles upon each week. Some are gathered during interviews, some gleaned from analyst reports, and some overheard…

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The Good, the Bad and . . . the Huh? A 2011 Biotech Recap

The past year brought the biotech sector a mixed bag of news. Some of it was positive – for instance, the FDA picked up its drug approval pace in 2011 and, in some cases, even surprised the most hardened biotech…

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Casting Calls for Pfizer: The Movie

In the August 15, 2011, issue of Fortune, the story “Inside Pfizer’s palace coup” provided a detailed account of the ouster of Jeff Kindler, CEO of Pfizer Inc. until December 2010. Some watchers of Pfizer’s R&D efforts are victims of…

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