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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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October 5, 2006

The Inscrutable French

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Posted by Derek

Since I was asking the same musical question just the other day, I wanted to refer people to this article by Matthew Herper over at Forbes, who also wants to know: where is Acomplia/rimonabant, anyway?

It's amazed me for months now that Sanofi-Aventis can get away with saying nothing at all about the prospects for their potential biggest-selling drug ever. Back when the first FDA action came, I predicted, with miserable inaccuracy, that the company would have something to say within days. It's been months, and no one knows anything more than we did back in February.

As the Forbes piece makes clear, analysts and institutional investors seem to be losing patience. I'm not sure what it is about the Sanofi corporate culture that makes this strategy seem like a good idea, but they might want to reexamine it. What might appear like calm and steadfast behavior from their perspective is starting to look, from the outside, like the actions of a company with something to hide. This is America, guys. We talk about things over here; you can't shut us up. Join the party.

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1. Insider on October 6, 2006 6:06 AM writes...

The silence is, indeed, deafening.

My spies here in the UK say Acomplia has been "NICEly painted into a corner".

It's going nowhere.

As is the inhaled insulin Exubera (what a dog of a product that is!)

Thanks to NICE the UK is a very tough market to crack now.

Maybe an idea for the US to adopt?

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2. ZAL on October 8, 2006 11:08 AM writes...

"This is America, guys. We talk about things over here; you can't shut us up. Join the party."

Did someone tell George W. Bush?

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