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Pharma companies embrace branding


Big pharmaceutical companies are exploring "brand personality" in their marketing strategies, according to new research.

Pfizer study reveals pneumonia drug effective for the elderly

Pfizer Inc. said it is planning on presenting the results of its Community-Acquired Pneumonia Immunization Trial in Adults study next month, and that it may have significant impact on preventing community-acquired pneumonia for seniors.


Pfizer must pay $142 million for the marketing and prescribing of epilepsy drug Neurontin for unapproved uses, a federal appeals court has ruled. The justices refused to overturn a jury's previous verdict. The jury determined Pfizer marketed Neurontin for bipolar disorder, migraines and neuropathic pain. The Food and Drug Administration had not approved the medicine for any of those uses.

Experimental drug prevents blood clots from forming in legs and lungs

The experimental drug Eliquis prevented blood clots in the legs and lungs and kept them from recurring, according to a new study. Patients who took the medicine were 81% less likely to have symptoms of a clot or die than those who received a placebo, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

FDA approves Pfizer's rheumatoid arthritis treatment

FDA approves Pfizer's rheumatoid arthritis treatment

Federal regulators recently approved Pfizer's new Xeljanz treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Xeljanz was approved for patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis who did not benefit from the oral treatment methotrexate.

Pfizer gets FDA approval for rheumatoid arthritis treatment


Federal regulators approved Pfizer's new Xeljanz treatment for rheumatoid arthritis Tuesday. The potentially lucrative drug is now poised to enter a market that already features Humira, Abbott Laboratories' top-selling rheumatoid arthritis treatment.

Following Hurricane Sandy, drug makers get back to business

The typical long-term care resident requires eight or more medications daily. So with Hurricane Sandy ripping through the pharmaceutical corridor last week, many operators were rightfully concerned about possible medication shortages. The good news is that most drug firms appear to be getting back on their feet quickly

Experimental Alzheimer's drug fails to deliver in closely watched clinical trial


Alzheimer's researchers met with disappointment Monday when officials from Pfizer announced that the experimental drug bapineuzumab failed to improve dementia symptoms in a Phase 3 trial.

Higher dose of Alzheimer's drug approved despite FDA warnings, report shows


Makers of the Alzheimer's drug Aricept released a higher dosage version of the medication despite concerns about side effects and reduced efficacy, a study reports.