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I always prefer it when pharmaceutical/biotech execs and analysts can break out of their scientific/financial jargon and give good soundbites or quotes. So, among the flurry of research notes I've received over the weekend and this morning on the Genentech Avastin news the award goes to Rodman & Renshaw's Mike King who writes, "The biotech leader has its groove back."
Shortly before the closing bell trading in shares of Genentech was halted for news pending. Then, right after the bell the company issued this press release announcing the Food and Drug Administration has granted "accelerated approval" to Genentech's Avastin for use on breast cancer.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday made it harder for consumers to sue manufacturers of federally approved medical devices.
The world's biggest drug company is spending chump change to take out a little biotech at a 118 percent premium. Pfizer, which has a cash hoard of more than $20 billion, is plunking down a paltry (for Pfizer, that is) $195 million in cash money to buy Encysive Pharmaceuticals.
Taking an extra day off to extend the long weekend before we go into a very busy period. Possibly a week from today (Friday) Genentech could get word from the Food and Drug Administration on its cancer drug Avastin for breast cancer. The agency could approve it, reject it or delay making a decision.
After the closing bell yesterday Genentech popped out a stock-moving press release. The world's most highly-valued biotech announced that its drug Avastin when used in combo with Sanofi-Aventis' chemo drug, Taxotere, helped women with a certain type of aggressive, advanced breast cancer live longer without the disease getting worse.
The current issue (February 18, 2008) of New York Magazine has a story that it teases on the cover above the masthead, "No Smoking Wonder Drug." Below it in drug-label fine print the sub-head is: "Makes quitter talk to potted plants."
Anyone who has followed the Dendreon/Provenge saga knows there are a lot of passionate people attached to it. And apparently one of them may go by the name Mike Huckman. Last night it was brought to my attention that my name appears (or appeared) on line 277 of this online petition.
Regulators said they're reviewing the safety of Allergan's Botox and a competing product after reports of deaths and serious reactions in some patients.
The Food and Drug Administration continues to get a lot of attention and scrutiny. In an editorial over the weekend "The New York Times" wrote, "The F.D.A. desperately needs an infusion of money and talent." Then, "USA Today" today is running a front-page article on something I recently blogged about and other reporters tackled a few weeks ago regarding the agency approving so few drugs last year.
Pfizer tried to get out in front of the psychiatric side-effect issues on its stop-smoking drug by adding information about behavioral changes, mood swings, thoughts of suicide, etc. to the label last month.
U.S. regulators on Friday said Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix appears increasingly likely to be linked to serious psychiatric behavior, and called for stronger label warnings.
The scientific journal Nature reported today that a peer-reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine leaked key study results on GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug Avandia to the company weeks before they were published.
President Bush urged Congress on Friday to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action will kickstart the sputtering economy. "I strongly believe it would be a mistake to delay or derail this bill," Bush said.
I blogged recently that a spokesperson for the House Energy and Commerce Committee had told me a decision could be made by the end of this week regarding the Dendreon saga.
I had planned to blog about the nearly unanimous bearish analyst commentary this morning after Genentech's earnings report yesterday. The biotech giant beat on earnings per share, but came up short on Street expectations for sales of its top four drugs. DNA shares are under pressure again today.
The brouhaha over the Food and Drug Administration's delay of the potential approval of the prostate cancer drug Provenge from the small biotechnology company Dendreon is now entering the prestigious and credible sphere of peer-reviewed scientific journals.
The office of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said it launched a formal investigation into Intel to determine whether the world's biggest chipmaker violated state and U.S. antitrust laws to squeeze out its rival, Applied Micro Devices.
Attorneys for the brothers of hedge fund manager Seth Tobias say his wife killed him because "Seth was worth substantially more to (her) dead than he was alive, and she knew that."
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to declare as early as next week that meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to consume, the Wall Street Journal reported without naming its source.