Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe's reaction to a new McKinsey report on pharma's return on investment elicits this succinct response: "Yikes." According to the report, ROI from small-molecule drug research has dropped from 12 percent in the late '90s to about 7.5 percent this decade. "Another alarming bit of news is their analysis of Phase III failures," Lowe writes of McKinsey's finding that 45 percent of Phase III failures "were due to insufficient efficacy versus placebo - which, in theory, is the sort of thing you're supposed to be rather more sure about by that point, what with having run Phase II trials for efficacy and all." Lowe also weighs in on McKinsey's recommendations for how to improve the situtation -- cut costs, work faster, and make better decisions.
Well, That Sounds Easy Enough
Aug 10, 2009