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Federal Health Regulators Release Lightly Redacted Theranos Report with More Details

April 27, 2016By Alex Keown, Breaking News Staff   PALO ALTO, Calif. – Embattled Theranos has repeatedly failed to meet federal guidelines for blood-testing labs despite being granted extra time to address the failures, a letter from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) that was recently made public revealed. The lightly […]

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Anavex’s Alzheimer’s Drug a Possible Game Changer After Patients Reported Remarkable Positive Response

April 27, 2016By Mark Terry, Breaking News Staff   New York-based Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (AVXL)’s stock popped about 23 percent after two promising anecdotes about patients receiving its Alzheimer’s drug, Anavex 2-73, were reported. Anavex’s drug, Anavex 2-73, is being administered to Alzheimer’s patients in Sydney, Australia as part of a Phase II […]

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Valeant CEO to tell Senate he regrets raising heart drug prices

Outgoing Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX.TO) Chief Executive Michael Pearson plans to tell a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday that he regrets his decision to acquire and jack up the price of two life-saving heart drugs, saying it was all a “mistake.”   “The company was too aggressive- and I, as its leader, was too aggressive – […]

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WHO issues yellow fever warning as deadly outbreak grows

Amid rising concern over a deadly outbreak of yellow fever spreading from Angola, the World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travelers to the African country to heed its warnings and get vaccinated. At least 258 people have been killed and there have been around 1,975 suspected cases of the mosquito-borne disease since an epidemic erupted […]

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FDA Panel Votes Against Sarepta’s DMD Drug

The U.S. FDA’s PCNSC voted against a recommendation for Sarepta Therapeutics’ eteplirsen for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

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ImmunoGen Taps Former Shire Exec as New CEO

Mark Enyedy, a former executive vice president at Shire Plc , will take over ImmunoGen Inc. as the company’s next president and chief executive officer.

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AstraZeneca sells U.S. gout drug rights to Ironwood for up to $265 million

AstraZeneca Plc said Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc. would buy the U.S. marketing rights for its newly approved gout drug for up to $265 million.

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Zymeworks, GSK Enter Second Strategic Collaboration for Bi-Specific Antibodies

Zymeworks and GSK Enter Second Strategic Collaboration to Develop and Commercialize Bi-Specific Antibodies   VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Zymeworks Inc., a leader in the development of bi-specific and multi-specific antibodies and antibody drug conjugates, announced today that it has entered into a new licensing agreement with GSK for the research, development, and commercialization of novel bi-specific […]

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First year in daycare may be prime time for stomach bugs

Kids starting daycare may be at increased risk of stomach bugs during the first year but then have few infections later on, according to researchers in The Netherlands. The results suggest that daycare may ultimately protect children from stomach infections over time. So-called acute gastroenteritis is an important cause of illness and doctor visits in developed […]

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Canada confirms its first sexually transmitted Zika case

An Ontario resident is Canada’s first confirmed case of a Zika virus infection that was contracted locally through sex, health officials said on Monday.   The individual, who was not further identified, is believed to have contracted the virus from a sexual partner who came down with Zika after traveling to an affected country, according […]

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China bars vaccine sales by drug wholesalers after scandal

China has banned drug wholesalers from selling vaccines after a scandal in which about $90-million worth of illegal vaccines was suspected of being sold in dozens of provinces.

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Aytu BioScience Acquires U.S. Commercial Rights To Natesto

Aytu BioScience announced the execution of a long-term, exclusive license agreement for the U.S. commercial rights to Natesto (testosterone) Nasal Gel.

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Booming Blueprint Medicines Maps Out a Plan

Spurred by an infusion of $170 million, three clinical trials and a deep pipeline of cancer therapies, Blueprint Medicines has quadrupled its employee base.

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2016 Annual Report: Healthcare Communications Agencies Overview – In Good Health

Long-established healthcare communications agencies in 2015 saw their businesses expand, and relative newcomers continued to find their stride.

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Perrigo Names New CEO as Joseph Papa Joins Rival Valeant

April 25, 2016 By Alex Keown, Breaking News Staff     DUBLIN — John T. Hendrickson has been tapped as the new chief executive officer of Perrigo Company PLC (PRGO), after former CEO Joseph Papa left the company to helm rival Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX). Last week BioSpace (DHX) reported Papa was the favorite to […]

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Notes & Methodology: 2016

To qualify for this annual report, agencies must have the capabilities to develop marketing strategies that target healthcare professionals (physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, etc.), and/or consumers, and/or patients, and/or stakeholders such as managed market payors. Marketing strategies include the capability to create and place advertisements. Agencies profiled in this magazine must have a significant […]

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Agency + Network Structure Listing: 2016

Holding companies/networks and their healthcare communications agencies   The Access Group is the parent company for MedAccess of San Diego, Alliance Data Systems is the parent company of Epsilon of Irving, Texas, Cello Group plc is the parent company for Cello Health of Yardley, Pa., Cognizant is the parent company of Cadient […]

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DTC advertising becoming a hot political and medical topic

Medical marketing – especially direct-to-consumer advertising – is a politically hot issue these days and the elections are drawing near.

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Industry Person of the Year: Ed Mitzen

  Ed Mitzen has successfully launched three different healthcare marketing companies totaling more than $300 million in combined revenue. His current company, Fingerpaint, is a full-service marketing agency with 135 employees, three locations and nearly $30 million in annual revenue. Breaking from the typical ad agency paradigm, Ed launched this employee-owned company with the mantra, […]

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AbelsonTaylor: 2016

Never has AbelsonTaylor seen such an avalanche of new business and new brands as it did in 2015.

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