This year, we introduced our Pharma Replay newsletter, a monthly review of the best quips and quotes coming out of the drug industry. (Subscribe here.) Here’s a look back, in no particular order, at the best quotes of 2011.
Bayer and its workers in Berkeley, California, are embroiled in protracted contract negotiations. Last week, we heard from Craig Merrilees, spokesman for the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents the workers. Bayer owes workers and the community more, said Merrilees, and worker patience with the company is “wearing...
We've just published, in print and online, our latest cover story: “The Good Fight: The Plight of Pharma’s Middle Managers.” It’s a rich, timely topic, given the fact that much of the finger pointing regarding the industry's problems is aimed at mid-level professionals.
Most of the U.S. Department of Justice’s major pharma-related decisions invoking the False Claims Act recently have involved illegal marketing and sales. So far, GSK’s is the only one to deal with current good manufacturing practices (cGMP’s).
A growing number of pharma CEOs are now dealing with the consequences of failing to care about workplace realities and what Toyota called the gemba, or place where truth will be found.If the idea of reading a book on ethics or philosophy is too off-putting....after all, it has been a...
Pharma whistleblowers don't always fare too well...especially those who deal with the invisible world of manufacturing. Remember Mark Livingston and the Wyeth Sarbanes-Oxley case? However, Cheryl Eckard, who pointed out manufacturing deficiencies at GSK's Cidra, Puerto Rico, plant has received a $96-million payment. For more from The Guardian, read on.
Cautionary tale for execs in pharma (or any industry) on the limits of "doing more with less," ignoring technical operations and focusing on financial balance sheets at the expense of quality and safety. Frontline's documentary on the BP disaster and Texas City refinery tragedy.AMS
Did any of you catch that recent WSJ report on the negative impact of mass layoffs? OK, I know that M&A layoffs are different, but today brought the sad news that Pfizer/Wyeth will lay off 6,000 employees and close eight of its manufacturing plants in Ireland, Puerto Rico and the U.S.