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Bristol Myers Squibb CEO Caforio collected $20M in 2020 pay amid Celgene integration, pandemic challenges

Bristol Myers Squibb has been busy weathering the pandemic, but the company’s leadership has also been tasked with integrating Celgene after a huge buyout. And for his work in guiding the drugmaker last year, CEO Giovanni Caforio collected a pay package worth more than $20 million. Caforio’s salary grew slightly to $1.69 million in 2020, while his stock awards […]

Jazz, in the hunt for new FDA nod, schools doctors on rare excessive sleepiness disorder

Sleep disorders often go unrecognized—and untreated. Jazz Pharmaceuticals wants to change that with a new awareness campaign targeting physicians for rare condition idiopathic hypersomnia.  The “I Have IH” campaign, created in partnership with the Hypersomnia Foundation, began after research found 90% of healthcare providers said they needed more education when it comes to diagnosing idiopathic hypersomnia. Jazz […]

Alembic pulls blood pressure generic after complaint reveals labeling mix-up

Generic drugmaker Alembic Pharmaceuticals is recalling one lot of 20 mg telmisartan tablets after a bottle was found to contain the wrong dose.  The India-based company received a market complaint that a single 30-count bottle with a 20 mg label instead contained 40 mg tablets, according to a notice posted by the FDA.   Patients who take a double […]

Newly rebranded Reckitt casts ‘Big Bang’ actress—and real-life neuroscientist—Mayim Bialik in new Neuriva campaign

Actress Mayim Bialik played “Big Bang Theory” uber-intellectual neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, but she’s also a real-life neuroscientist—and Reckitt’s newest spokesperson. Bialik is repping Neuriva Plus, a brain boost supplement she herself uses. Reckitt rolled out the OTC product in the U.S. two years ago, but Bialik is Reckitt’s first celebrity spokesperson. Reckitt launched the […]

FDA’s second-in-command Abernethy leaving agency as Biden’s commissioner yet to be named

After just two years at the FDA, principal deputy chief Amy Abernethy is leaving the agency. As second-in-command and acting chief information officer, Abernethy oversaw tech and data modernization at the FDA and launched its COVID-19 accelerator project to boost real-world data gathering. Her unexpected departure comes as the search for a permanent FDA commissioner continues two […]

GSK cuts ties with Slaoui over sexual harassment allegations as CEO Walmsley vows to rename R&D site

Moncef Slaoui, Ph.D., attracted both acclaim and controversy during his time as co-leader of the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed effort to speed COVID-19 vaccines to market. Now, he’s facing serious charges of improper behavior—prompting his longtime employer GlaxoSmithKline to cut ties altogether. GSK said Wednesday that Slaoui has been terminated from the board of its […]

National Resilience, months after launching with $800M, snags Sanofi biomanufacturing plant

A few short months after its launch, biomanufacturing and technology company National Resilience, led by former Novavax chief Rahul Singhvi, is moving forward with its ambitious expansion plans. Resilience has picked up two commercial facilities in Canada and the U.S., lifting its North American footprint to more than 750,000 square feet. The company set out late last year to establish a network […]

Catalent’s Bloomington plant cleared to turn out J&J’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine: reports

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been more of a trickle than a stream so far in the U.S., with the company still on the hook to deliver some 15 million doses by next week. But J&J has said it can meet that goal, and thanks to the approval of a U.S. manufacturing site, millions […]

Exact Sciences, Stand Up to Cancer and Jamie Foxx team up to drive colorectal screenings

Actor Jamie Foxx is standing up—for colorectal cancer screening. He’s the new spokesperson for Exact Sciences and Stand Up To Cancer’s public service announcement campaign encouraging people ages 45 and older to get screened. “The good news is that there’s options for getting screened that are easier than you think,” Foxx says in the video PSA. […]

WuXi Bio, busy building out ex-China production network, taps local CDMO for capacity boost

WuXi Biologics marked 2020 with gung-ho expansions as the China-based CDMO looked to beef up its operations in Europe and the U.S. Now, the company is turning back to its home country with a deal for a homegrown CDMO. WuXi Biologics locked up an agreement to buy more than 90% of CMAB, a Suzhou, China-based CDMO whose services run the gamut from cell-line […]

Bayer, Roche, Novo Nordisk, J&J, Novartis and Gilead among the Sweet 16 advancing in #FierceMadness DTC ad tourney

The #FierceMadness DTC ad tournament is down to the Sweet 16. And just like this weekend’s NCAA March Madness surprises—Ohio State knocked out by Oral Roberts and Loyola topping Illinois to play through—the pharma ad matchups saw several smaller campaigns beating big ones.  In a closely contested East battle, Roche’s “Dear MS” campaign for Ocrevus topped Johnson & Johnson […]

Merck, Eisai detail Keytruda and Lenvima’s endometrial cancer win in confirmatory study

Merck and Eisai were eager to tout a headline phase 3 win in December for their combination therapy of Keytruda and Lenvima because it involves the regimen’s first FDA-approved indication in endometrial cancer. Now we know how big that win is. Keytruda and Lenvima cut the risk of death by 38% over physician’s choice of […]