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  • Wyeth Promotes Poussot to Chief Executive Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 5:17 PM ET

    Wyeth said it named Chief Operating Officer Bernard Poussot to the position of chief executive officer of the company, effective Jan. 1, 2008.

  • Novartis Says Prexige Not Approved in U.S. Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 9:16 AM ET

    U.S. regulators have not approved Novartis's Prexige painkiller, the Swiss drugmaker said on Thursday, in an expected move after Australia withdrew the drug due to concerns over liver side effects.

  • Drugs On TV: My Review Of What's Playing Now Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 8:55 AM ET

    A couple of days home sick with daytime television as your nursemaid can tell you a lot about the current state of multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical advertising. Yeah, we all know it's ubiquitous, but there are at least a couple of noticeable new players and an older one hitting the airwaves.

  • Germany's Bayer to Delist Shares from NYSE This Week Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 9:29 AM ET

    Drug maker Bayer said Tuesday that it will delist its shares from the New York Stock Exchange this week, a move the company said would save it $21.2 million per year.

  • Medicare: We Want Proof On Anemia Drugs Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 2:56 PM ET

    Right on the heels of my previous blog entry about an analyst saying a Medicare reconsideration of its anemia drug reimbursement policy may be in the offing comes this news out of the agency.

  • Amgen: Getting a Second Chance From Medicare? Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 11:37 AM ET

    After being down about half-a-dollar in early trading, volatile shares of Amgen are trimming their loses and heading back into positive territory at this writing. That turnaround could be from the dissemination of a research note from Wachovia biotech analyst George Farmer.

  • EU Approves of Novartis' Exelon to Treat Alzheimer's Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 9:21 AM ET

    The drugmaker Novartis said Monday that the European Commission had approved its Exelon skin patch to treat Alzheimer's disease.

  • "Cell" Turns Sirtris Into Serious Buy Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 2:05 PM ET

    It's relatively lightly traded and it's a very small market cap (under $500 million), but shares of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals are sitting at a new high in the early going today. The stock has had a very nice move since the end of June when it was trading for less than 10 bucks. Today, it's over $15.

  • Needling BioCryst Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 2:46 PM ET

    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals drew the short straw, er, needle. The biotech company says a majority of patients in a mid-stage clinical trial of its experimental seasonal and pandemic flu antiviral Peramivir got the drug using too short of an injection needle.

  • Australia's Sigma Cuts Outlook, Shares Plunge Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 10:32 PM ET

    Australian drug maker and distributor Sigma Pharmaceuticals cut full-year  forecasts for the second time in three months on Thursday as regulatory changes hit profits, sending its shares plunging as much as 15%.

  • "Star Wars": Chewbacca's Revenge on Pfizer Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 1:59 PM ET
    Chewbacca

    I'm fully aware that this story actually broke yesterday, and was picked up by a couple of competitors, but after receiving today's morning research note from Miller Tabak healthcare analyst Les Funtleyder, I couldn't resist writing this post.

  • 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.