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  • Forest Lab Shares Fall as Earnings Miss Forecasts Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 10:34 AM ET

    Forest Laboratories said Tuesday quarterly earnings fell 7 percent, hurt by a charge related to a product-licensing deal, and posted revenue that missed Wall Street expectations.

  • Roche Sales Fall Short on Tamiflu Weakness Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 5:28 AM ET

    Shares in Roche Holding slump on Tuesday after Swiss pharmaceutical company reported sales that came in below analysts' forecasts.

  • Genentech: What's Really Behind The Earnings Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 5:02 PM ET

    Late last week, I blogged about keeping an eye on the Lucentis sales number when Genentech reports earnings. Well, the company is just out with its release and, sure enough, revenue from the drug for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) fell sequentially from the second quarter to the third quarter.

  • Alzheimer's Blood Test: Would You Take It? Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 1:52 PM ET
    Cat scan image of human brain

    This morning on "Squawk Box" and "Squawk on the Street" I reported on a new study showing that a simple blood test might predict whether you will develop Alzheimer's Disease. The report, which appears in the scientific, peer-reviewed journal "Nature Medicine...

  • Biogen Idec: First Of A Biotech Buying Binge? Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 12:52 PM ET

    For quite some time now analysts and investors have been speculating that big pharma would go on a biotech buying binge. So, will the announcement by Biogen Idec late Friday that it's putting itself on the market be the spark that ignites an M & A explosion in the sector? Perhaps.

  • Biogen Expected to Fetch up to $30 Billion Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 10:11 AM ET

    Biogen Idec, which has put itself up for sale, may get bids of around $25-30 billion from several of the world's top drugmakers keen to expand in the hot area of biotech medicine.

  • Outlook: Investors Bracing For Big Earnings Week Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 6:15 PM ET

    A slew of companies will be reporting third-quarter results, and investors will be watching not only for the latest figures but what companies predict about future profits.

  • Merck Wins FDA Approval for AIDS Drug Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 5:09 PM ET

    U.S. regulators approved a new AIDS treatment made by Merck, the first in a new class of drugs aimed at preventing replication of the virus, Merck said on Friday.

  • Pfizer's Response On CEO Kindler's Contributions Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 4:36 PM ET

    I blogged earlier today that I'd reached out to Pfizer for comment regarding Jeff Kindler's contribution to Sen. Hillary Clinton and would let you know if or when I heard back. Well, this just arrived in my inbox from Jack Cox with Corporate Affairs:

  • Peter Rost, who burst onto the business news landscape a few years ago as a Pfizer whistleblower and the subject of a piece on CBS' "60 Minutes", is enjoying a new career as a blogger and a reporter for Brandweek. And late yesterday he's blitzing some of his reporter contacts with this item about the apparent 180-degree change presidential politics at the world's biggest pharmaceutical company.

  • Genentech: Is Bottom Line Pushing Use of Lucentis? Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 4:11 PM ET

    It didn't take long. Yesterday, I blogged that I'd be curious to hear what the response of doctors might be to Genentech's new crackdown on the use of Avastin instead of Lucentis for age-related macular degeneration. Today, the American Academy of Opthamology put out a press release saying the new policy "could have a significant impact on the care of patients with (AMD)."

  • Genentech: Did I Bury The Lead About Avastin? Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 11:27 AM ET

    Yesterday I reported that Genentech had quietly buried on its web site www.gene.com the announcement of its new crackdown against using Avastin instead of Lucentis for adult-onset blindness. From the homepage, I had counted four somewhat counterintuitive clicks to get the link to the letter detailing the new policy.

  • Shortly after writing my last blog entry on Genentech's new ranking and part of the reason for its fall being blamed on the Lucentis/Avastin eye drug controversy, I came across this news item on The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog.

  • Stop Trading!: Amgen's Attractive Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 3:36 PM ET

    If the pharma company wins its lawsuit with Roche, investors could do very well with this stock.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Genentech Drops In (Industry) Poll, New Number One! Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 2:22 PM ET

    What a week for upsets. First, the 35-game home field winning streak of my USC Trojans comes to an end at the hands of the 40-point underdog Stanford Cardinal. Then, today, Genentech's six-year reign at the top of a big industry survey is over. Boehringer Ingelheim is the new number one!

  • Medtronic: The Cents of Making Stents Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 10:42 AM ET

    Late yesterday an FDA panel of outside experts unanimously recommended the agency approve Medtronic's drug-coated stent called, "Endeavor". Unlike drugs, there is no telegraphed date for an agency decision, but analysts think the FDA will approve the device by the end of the year or early next year.

  • On the Line: BioMarin Pharma's CEO Jean Jacques Bienaime Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 10:38 AM ET

    The company should be profitable next year, the chief executive said, thanks to the expected approval of a new drug.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Your Health, Your Trade Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 11:01 PM ET

    BREAKING: Reuters reports FDA panel backs drug-coated stents made by Medtronic (MDT).

  • Glaxo Buys into Synta, Investors Sell Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 1:08 PM ET

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  • Big Biotech Earnings Surprise? Genentech & Amgen Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | 11:01 AM ET

    As we head into the thick of earnings season some analysts are putting out their preview notes for clients. And a couple of interesting ones about the kings of biotech, Genentech and Amgen, have come into my inbox over the past couple of days. Genentech reports after the bell next Monday, October 15. And Amgen comes out, also after the bell, ten days later on the 25th.