NEW YORK-- Shares of medical device maker Unilife rose Tuesday after the company said it signed a supply deal with Swiss drugmaker Novartis. Unilife said it will supply Novartis with a customized drug delivery device that will allow the Novartis drug to be delivered to a targeted organ.» Read More
Big pharma company Eli Lilly is coming under fire. CNBC's Pharmaceuticals Reporter Mike Huckman had the late breaking details on this morning’s “Squawk Box.” Huckman reported that Eli Lilly said sales of its top selling drug Zyprexa would be “stable” next year (the drug is used for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder).
Merck won two more Vioxx cases in three days. Last Wednesday it got a victory in another federal case and then on Friday, it picked up a win in an Alabama trial. The drug company says it is now 9 and 4. The stock closed up 40 cents on the news. And before Christmas there could be another Vioxx verdict.
Bayer AG said Monday it is selling its Wolff Walsrode business, which specializes in cellulose products, to the Dow Chemical Co. for an undisclosed sum.
An Alabama state court jury deliberated for less than two hours before finding for the drug maker on two counts.
A first-generation experimental bird flu vaccine for use in humans from GlaxoSmithKline has won outline support from European regulators.
A New Orleans jury handed Merck a victory today in the latest federal Vioxx product liability trial, finding that the drugmaker adequately warned of the heart risks associated with the medicine.
Treatment with antidepressants increases the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in patients up to age 24, according to proposed changes to the drugs' labels unveiled by health officials.
At the Merck annual analyst day here in company headquarters in central New Jersey, the company revealed for the first time what many on the Street had suspected: it has a so-called CETP inhibitor in the drug development pipeline. That's the same type of drug that Pfizer pulled the plug on last week because of an increased risk of death.
Merck said it plans to seek U.S. approvals next year for drugs to treat HIV, cholesterol and insomnia, and aims to have another four products in late-stage trials by mid-2007.
Merck is holding its annual analyst meeting today. On this morning’s "Squawk Box", CNBC'S pharmaceuticals reporter Mike Huckman explained why investors are so eager to learn about this company's R & D developments. Huckman says the major issue is whether Pfizer’s loss of torcetrapib, a cholesterol treatment, could be Merck’s gain...
From the Pfizer shocker about Torcetrapib, to new guidance from Merck and Lilly, to the FDA Advisory Committee meeting on the safety of drug-coated stents -- it was an incredibly busy week. Some final thoughts on the stent meeting...
Greetings from the Gaithersburg, Maryland Hilton! That's where the FDA is holding the advisory committee meeting on the safety of drug-coated stents. For less high-profile FDA meetings this hotel and the Holiday Inn across the street (the FDA alternates between them) are just fine. But for a big meeting like this one the venue is way too small.
GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to buy privately owned biotech company Domantis Ltd, a specialist in developing a new generation of antibody drugs, for 230 million pounds ($452.8 million).
Swiss drugmaker Novartis' cancer-fighting drug Gleevec can still help treat chronic myeloid leukemia even after five years of use, a new study showed on Wednesday.
While I'm in the car--not driving--on my way to the airport to go to the FDA Advisory Committee meeting on drug-coated stents I wanted to pass along some news from the Eli Lilly analyst meeting this morning in New York that I just left.
Johnson & Johnson has suspended enrollment in a late-stage trial of an experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug it is co-developing with Schering-Plough because of short-term logistics problems.
Merck is standing by its forecast of flat earnings for 2006 and projected slightly higher 2007 results, in line with Wall Street expectations, as the drugmaker grapples with generic competition for a number of its medicines.
Bristol-Myers got some good news Tuesday afternoon-- and CNBC's Mike Huckman had the story. A new report from the Journal of the American Medical Association says long term use of Plavix--reduces significant health risks. The JAMA report says that if patients stay on Plavix for two years--the drug will greatly reduce or eliminate heart attacks.
So, it took the torpedoeing of torcetrapib to get new Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler to finally talk to us. He came on "Power Lunch" today for his first TV interview since taking the helm more than four months ago. A former litigator, he is media savvy, telegenic and a smooth-talker. I don't know why he didn't come on before he was put in the position of serious crisis management with a major hole to fill in the company's drug pipeline and about a ten percent decline in the stock price.
Investors in the pharmaceuticals industry have now turned their attention to possible acquisitions by Pfizer after the drug-maker halted trials of a new cholesterol drug.