Healthcare: Chamberlain wins diabetes drug brief

Novartis has handed a comms account for diabetes drug Galvus to Chamberlain PR following a four-way pitch.

Chamberlain fought off Hill & Knowlton, Chandler Chicco and incumbent Fleishman-Hillard, which has handled the account for the past six years, to win the business.

The pitch was overseen by Rebecca Fisher-Pollard in the Novartis pharma comms team.

The business is expected to be transferred immediately.

Galvus is an oral anti-diabetic drug that helps to reduce hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) in Type 2 diabetics.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects more than two million people in the UK and occurs when the pancreas does not manufacture enough insulin to meet a person's needs, or the insulin is not metabolised effectively.

Chamberlain PR referred all calls to the client. Novartis said that a decision on the account would be made in 'due course'.

Chamberlain has had a resurgence since the appointment of former Cohn & Wolfe senior director Mark Cater as managing director in March.

Cater was previously C&W regional director for the EMEA region, a role he took in 2008. Prior to that, he was head of GCI before it merged with C&W.

Since the beginning of the year, Chamberlain has picked up accounts including drugs firm Mundipharma, to handle company-wide comms.

Chamberlain launched a London office in 2008, which was initially headed by MD Amanda Moulson.

However, she stepped down after just a year and moved to Ketchum in March 2009, taking the post of associate director in the senior healthcare team.

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