Summit Notebook

Audio – Say What?

November 18, 2008

From time to time, John Jenkins is puzzled by the press releases he reads from drug companies.

What is WellPoint?

November 17, 2008

With 35 million members, WellPoint is the largest U.S. health insurer by enrollment. But the company realized it had finally arrived when it turned up in a quiz show question.

Big Pharma slow to get the picture

November 17, 2008

Like Kodak’s failure to shift from away from film faster in the face of digital cameras, the world’s top drug makers are dragging their heels in rethinking they way they do business.

AUDIO-Medco eyes expansion in Europe to fuel long-term growth

November 15, 2007


With at least $60 billion in U.S. annual sales of brand name medicines going off patent between now and 2012 — Medco is in a sweet spot.

AUDIO-Momentum is there for biogenerics in US: Teva

November 15, 2007

barrett.jpgBiogenerics in the U.S. will happen — it’s just a matter of when, according to Teva Pharmaceuticals’ head of North America.

AUDIO-Medco plays “Switzerland” role when it comes to retail–Snow

November 14, 2007


Medco’s rival last year linked-up with CVS to create CVS/Caremark. But getting into retail is not for Medco CEO David Snow.

AUDIO-Society expectations on side effects weighing on FDA-Shire CEO

November 13, 2007

shire.jpgIndustry critics of the FDA often charge the agency is too conservative and under funded.

AUDIO-Humer bearish on MegaDeal$

November 13, 2007

humer.jpgEven with a hostile $3 billion bid for Ventana on the table, Roche’s Franz Humer says you won’t find him anywhere near a mega deal in Big Pharma. A monster acquisition stifles innovation, it destroys pipelines … let Franz count the ways.

AUDIO-US scientific leadership may follow the automobile and the computer … to Asia

November 13, 2007

hassan.jpgThe future of scientific innovation in the U.S. is in jeopardy, according to Schering-Plough CEO Fred Hassan.