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  • FDA Approves AstraZeneca's Flumist for Toddlers Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 1:47 PM ET

    U.S. health officials said Wednesday they approved the Flumist nasal spray influenza vaccine for children between ages 2 and 5. Flumist is made by MedImmune Inc, which was recently acquired by AstraZeneca.

  • ImClone's Erbitux And The Dueling Analysts Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 2:04 PM ET
    ImClone - Erbitux

    Because it's so extraordinarily rare--if not unheard of--for one analyst to publish research specifically to refute another analyst I thought this is blogworthy. Last Friday, FBR biotech analyst Jim Reddoch told clients in a research note that he was downgrading ImClone Systems to Market Perform in the wake of the robust data released last week on Erbitux...

  • Novartis Bone Drug Curbs Repeat Hip Fractures Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 11:54 PM ET

    In a study that could change the way hip fractures are treated, doctors have discovered that giving the Novartis osteoporosis drug Reclast can prevent later fractures and helps patients live longer.

  • Fighting Diabetes and More Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 12:30 PM ET

    Could a new pharmaceutical partnership be the best way to trade the rise in diabetes? In Thursday’s Web.Extra the traders reveal how to play the latest news. Also get their trades on hard drive behemoths Western Digital and Seagate.

  • Bayer Surgery Drug Should Stay on Market: FDA Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 2:08 AM ET

    Bayer's heart surgery drug, Trasylol, linked in some studies with an increased risk of death, should remain on the market, advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said onWednesday.

  • ImClone's New CEO: Already Repeating The Past? Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 2:26 PM ET

    Recently I blogged about the hiring of a new CEO at ImClone Systems and the unique clause in his contract requiring him to buy half-a-million dollars worth of stock in the company. My suspicion was that ImClone Chairman and billionaire shareholder Carl Icahn had a hand in that.

  • Drug Pipeline Picking Up Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 1:11 PM ET

    There’s a ton of Big Pharma and Biotech news coming out. And most of it reinforces the call from the Fast Money traders to buy these stocks heading into the end of this year.

  • Biovail Case: The Reply From A David Maris Lawyer Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 10:52 AM ET

    Yesterday, I blogged that messages to each of David Maris' lawyers seeking comment on Biovail "dropping" or "settling" its case against the former Bank of America Securities analyst had gone without a response. Well, this morning I got this email from one of his attorneys tossing the ball back in Biovail's court:

  • ImClone, Merck Shares Jump on Erbitux Trial Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 12:41 PM ET

    The cancer drug Erbitux unexpectedly extended survival in a trial of patients with advanced lung cancer, sending shares of its maker, ImClone Systems, soaring as much as 24 percent.

  • Medicare Urged to Reimburse More for Anemia Drugs Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 12:36 PM ET

    Is the Senate coming to the rescue of patients, investors or both? That's the question being raised after the passage of a non-binding resolution telling Medicare to "immediately reconsider" its new policy to cut anemia drug use and reimbursement. Analysts are stunned by the move.

  • Biovail Not Dropping Lawsuit(s) After All? Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 11:44 AM ET

    A follow-up to my post yesterday about the New York Post story regarding Biovail "dropping" its lawsuits alleging collusion to beat down its stock. This email showed up in the blog inbox this morning..."Your report on Biovail is not accurate..."

  • FDA Meetings And Latest On Biotech Front Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 10:59 AM ET

    So, I thought I'd be spending today monitoring the webcast of the FDA Advisory Committees that are meeting to decide whether doctors should use less of the anemia drugs from Amgen and Johnson & Johnson to treat kidney dialysis patients.

  • Stocks Get a Lift, Street on Fed Watch Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 8:53 AM ET

    Wall Street is counting down to next week's Fed meeting and not much else is influencing trading. Stocks are readying for a higher opening as investors wait for a speech from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke later this morning and watch the action at OPEC.

  • Roche Sues Teva in U.S. Over Bone Drug Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 5:08 AM ET

    Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding is taking legal action against Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in the United States to prevent Teva from selling a generic version of Roche osteoporisis drug Boniva, Roche said on Tuesday.

  • Biovail Ends Lawsuit As Investigations Continue Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 4:22 PM ET

    The New York Post broke the news today that Biovail Corporation, Canada's biggest biotech, is dropping its lawsuit against a hedge fund, a research outlet, Bank of America Securities and its former specialty pharmaceuticals analyst David Maris. "60 Minutes" did a piece on the lawsuits last year. Shortly after being sued, Maris left B of A. He and the company never disclosed..

  • Byetta: What We Know Right Now Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 3:36 PM ET

    For some time now I've been occasionally blogging about the data on a once-a-week version of Byetta that are expected in the fourth quarter sometime. This is a long-acting release (LAR, for short) version of the current twice-a-day injectable drug for diabetes from Lilly and Amylinspacer. Alkermes makes the technology that extends the drug's release.

  • Isis, Alnylam (Shazam!) Create Regulus Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 11:59 AM ET
    Leo Regulus

    Call it a stellar, mythic merger. This morning Isis Pharmaceuticals (named after the goddess in Egyptian mythology) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (named after the center star in Orion's belt) announced they're forming a joint venture called Regulus Therapeutics, LLC (named after the brightest star in the constellation Leo). I'm sensing a theme here.

  • Amylin's Byetta LAR: Wait Is On For Results Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

    An update from the NewsMakers in Biotech conference in NYC on an item of intense interest. Amylin Pharmaceuticals just held a well-attended PowerPoint presentation followed by a very cramped breakout session. And pretty much the only thing investors and analysts wanted to talk about is Byetta LAR (long-acting release).

  • Biotech Conference: Hoping For A Repeat Year Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 11:21 AM ET

    Blogging from the 14th NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry conference put on by BioCentury and Thomson Financial in Manhattan. It's a rare opportunity to spend a day getting possible story ideas and networking with sources.

  • Drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Thursday it had seen strong demand for $6.9 billion of bonds it issued to repay a significant part of the U.S. commercial paper taken on for the acquisition of biotechnology company Medimmune.