Pharmaceutical Executive-11-01-2002

Features
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

A new mentality is sweeping Wall Street, leaving many companies shell-shocked. The US equity market's worst performance since the crash of the late '80s has many looking for scapegoats. In response, institutional investors are focusing more intently on the underlying earnings power of each company in their portfolio. They are scrutinizing business models with an eye toward a company's ability to generate future cash flows.

Features
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

Professors ingrain the mantra "science for science's sake" into their pupils' minds during years of doctorate and postdoctoral training. Consequently, when entering into career paths, students gravitated toward academia, which fosters the perception of itself as accepting of free thinkers.

World News
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

After saying last year that its treatments for AIDS and malaria were as cheap as they could be, GlaxoSmithKline now claims that improved manufacturing practices and greater economies of scale allow it to reduce prices even more.

Pharmaceutical Executive
Features

November 01, 2002

Consumer outrage at daily reports of new financial scandals creates a dangerous environment for corporate reputations, but pharma companies can turn the public's low opinion-and questions about rising drug prices-to their advantage if they work systematically to build long-term trust.

World News
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

As part of their new joint venture, Johnson & Johnson and Merck want to take their cholesterol-lowering drug Mevacor (lovastatin) from prescription to over-the-counter status, according to company officials.

Washington Report
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

After months of speculation, in September the White House finally nominated its lead health policy advisor, Mark McClellan, as the next FDA commissioner. McClellan is a physician and economist and, most recently, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisors. As an MD with no direct ties to the pharmaceutical industry, he fits the basic criteria set for confirmation by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Pharmaceutical Executive
Features

November 01, 2002

For decades, blockbuster product development has driven the pharmaceutical industry. Under that model, a handful of products-and, in some cases, a single product-produce the lion's share of revenue and dictate a company's strategic direction. As companies get larger, they rely more and more on blockbusters to sustain their growth. The high cost of developing major, successful drugs only reinforces the need to focus on blockbusters. It's a vicious cycle that remains firmly in place for most Big Pharma.

Pharmaceutical Executive
Features

November 01, 2002

Managed care organizations (MCOs) and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs)-representing 110 million US patients-have adopted new guidelines for formulary submissions. As a result, they now reject 40 percent of new drugs. Those standards, the most visible component in an approach called outcomes-based access, indicate a revolutionary change in the formulary decision making process that affects 46 percent of the insured population. Many pharmaceutical companies are being caught by surprise.

Features
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

Employees in the pharma industry, who once expected lifetime employment, now find themselves facing some of the same dilemmas, including job insecurity and declining stock values, as those in beleaguered industries such as defense and finance. The pharma industry has seen more than its fair share of mergers and acquisitions, and employees increasingly question whether they have a future within their company. Those who make the hiring decisions for large pharma companies say such doubts are reasonable in the current climate and that an honest self-assessment of a variety of factors, including faith in management, opportunity for growth, and job

Columns
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

PR is more than free ink. It is even more than good free ink.

World News
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

Current lawmakers make frown on cannabis use, but for thousands of years people used it to treat conditions as diverse as rheumatism, convulsions, tumors, and pain. Now the small, private UK company Oxford Natural Products has completed Phase I trials on a cannabis derivative for treating post-operative and cancer pain.

Pharmaceutical Executive
Executive Profile

November 01, 2002

Don't expect us to launch products in the magnitude of a billion dollars in sales. For us, a product is very interesting at $200 or $300 million."

European Report
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

Patents help ensure that companies can recoup their development costs-and make profits-by selling their products without competition for a set period of time. The pharma industry has followed that model for decades.

Features
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

Pharma is finally feeling the ill effects of the US economic downturn. In response, many companies are restructuring and downsizing. But pharma industry professionals are well positioned to take advantage of many avenues of employment, including other industries, entrepreneurial ventures, and consulting.

World News
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

An FDA advisory committee is recommending that over-the-counter painkillers bear stiffer warnings in light of continued episodes of liver and other internal organ damage when consumers take the products in combination with other medications.

World News
Pharmaceutical Executive

November 01, 2002

Multi-tier formularies that set higher co-pays for the most expensive pharmaceuticals reduce beneficiaries' overall spending on prescriptions.