Eric Palmer

Biography for Eric Palmer

Eric Palmer is a business and technology journalist with more than three decades of prize-winning experience as a reporter and editor with daily, weekly, monthly and online publications. He was healthcare reporter for The Kansas City Star before becoming deputy business editor for the daily newspaper. He spent eight years as editor of The Kansas City Business Journal, which had a strong emphasis on the healthcare industry. On the personal side, he is an avid fly fisherman, cooks and collects wine, and likes to travel with his family.

Articles by Eric Palmer

UPDATED: FDA puts import alert on Baxter plant that makes saline solution

Baxter International, which has had a series of recalls in the last few months, has had a plant in Canada banned by the FDA from shipping products, including saline solution, which is already in serious short supply in the U.S.

Impax believes manufacturing issues are fixed

Impax Laboratories had its future sidelined by manufacturing problems that set off a domino effect. Now, it says it is ready to get back in the game.

Plant that Patheon wanted to sell gets investment

A U.K. plant that the former Patheon was ready to bail on two years ago will now get a $300 million shot in the arm. It and client Pacira will partner on manufacturing suites to provide additional capacity to produce Pacira's analgesic, Exparel.

FDA tags yet another Indian drugmaker, Canton Labs, with ban

The FDA sent a warning letter to Canton Laboratories in Vadodara, India, in February for a list of serious infractions, including falsifying data. The agency has taken the next step, issuing an import alert that bans products from the facility.

UPDATED: Teva recalling more than 1M bottles of generic Cymbalta

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is one of half a dozen drugmakers that have been rolling out generics of Eli Lilly's top-selling blockbuster Cymbalta. The others are going to roll past the Israeli drugmaker after it recalled more than 1 million bottles of the antidepressant.

ViiV recalls 1,000 bottles of Tivicay for cross-contamination

Tivicay, a combo HIV drug from GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Shionogi that is pegged to become a blockbuster, was only approved last summer, but the companies are having to recall a small portion of it because of cross-contamination.

Lupin recalls more Suprax

Rapidly expanding Indian generic drugmaker Lupin has stumbled, having to recall 5 lots of the antibacterial med Suprax (cefixime) because it failed purity tests.

Novartis' government-backed vaccine plant should be operational by 2017

Novartis' vaccine manufacturing site in Holly Springs, NC, is one of three backed by U.S. authorities which they can draft into service in the event of a pandemic. And it should be the first of the three to go online, according to a new report.

AbbVie partners with Arabio for production in Saudi Arabia

As growth has slowed in some emerging markets, Western drugmakers are looking to second- and third-tier emerging markets to gain momentum. The Middle East has become the new hot spot for pharma, and AbbVie has found its way there.

Sources: Sun has blueprint for turning Ranbaxy around

Sun Pharmaceutical execs acknowledge it will be no easy task to repair Ranbaxy Laboratories' damaged reputation with the FDA and the public. But Sun managing director Dilip Shanghvi and his lieutenants came in with a laundry list of actions to be taken quickly to jump-start the process, sources tell Reuters.