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Mary Jo Laffler

Mary Jo Laffler oversees US commercial content for Informa’s pharmaceutical news publications, working with a group of talented reporters and editors covering business, commercial and clinical news. She brings 16 years of experience reporting on the pharmaceutical industry for the Pink Sheet and affiliated publications, serving previously as Bureau Chief for Clinical Development and Business News, managing editor of the Pink Sheet and as one of the first managing editors for the Pink Sheet DAILY. While wearing many hats has given Mary Jo a wide-ranging knowledge of the commercial and regulatory challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry, her specialty is in analyzing drug development news and R&D strategy.
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Transformation Into Viatris Not Seen As The Solution Mylan Needs

Mylan’s full year 2019 earnings report was its last as an independent company, so the focus was on the coming merger with Pfizer’s Upjohn and growth prospects for the new company, Viatris.

Sales & Earnings Biosimilars

Mylan Weighs In On Coronavirus Drug Shortage Concerns

Hours before the US FDA confirmed the first drug shortage due to active pharmaceutical ingredient constraints because of the coronavirus situation in China, generics industry leader Mylan came under pressure about the potential impact on its business. 

Generic Drugs Manufacturing

Deal Watch: Allergan Keeps After Hair Loss With Exicure Deal

Allergan has tried to go after alopecia in the past; Exicure brings a new spherical nucleic acid (SNA) technology. In other recent deals, AstraZeneca sells Seroquel, Losec rights to Germany’s Cheplapharm.

Deals Business Strategies

An Early Surprise Win For BMS’s Opdivo/Yervoy In Lung Cancer

CheckMate-9LA testing nivolumab plus ipilimumab plus chemo was stopped early due to a survival win. The promise of another foothold in first-line lung cancer could buoy investors ahead of what could be disappointing Q3 sales.

Clinical Trials ImmunoOncology

AbbVie’s Post-Humira Strategy Continues Taking Shape With Rinvoq Approval

AbbVie now has both of its Humira successors approved in the US, following April’s Skyrizi approval for psoriasis. But Rinvoq faces stiff competition both within the JAK1 class and in rheumatoid arthritis generally.

Approvals Business Strategies

Q2 Review: Big Pharmas Weigh In On M&A, Pricing Reform

As earnings season reaches its peak, Merck, Lilly, Gilead, Amgen and Sanofi release their second quarter results. Business development remains a dominant theme. 

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