TRENTON, N.J.— The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antifungal drug, Cresemba, to treat two rare but serious infections that typically strike people with weakened immune systems. Cresemba is the sixth medicine approved by the FDA as a result. Cresemba, known chemically as isavuconazonium, is made by Astellas Pharma US Inc. of Northbrook, Illinois, a...» Read More
I think I just killed a tree. This morning I printed out the GlaxoSmithKline and FDA documents that were posted on the agency's Web site ahead of the advisory committee meeting on Avandia safety next Monday. About 700 pages! Nearly as many pages as the new "Harry Potter" book, but not nearly as entertaining.
A new study of health insurance records of more than 400,000 U.S. diabetics found no higher risk of heart attacks with GlaxoSmithKline Plc's pill Avandia when compared with other oral diabetes drugs, the drugmaker said in documents made public Thursday.
Belgian drug maker UCB Group said Thursday first-half net profit fell 39% as it absorbed the cost of taking over Germany's Schwarz Pharm.
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Quarterly earnings reports and new drug trial data were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Wednesday.
GlaxoSmithKline is rallying today after reporting that second quarter sales of its diabetes drug Avandia, fell 31% in the U.S. from the same time a year ago. And from the first quarter of this year to the second quarter, revenue in the U.S. from the blockbuster pill slid $120 million. So, why are investors buying the beaten-down stock?
GlaxoSmithKline more than doubled its share buyback programme to 12 billion pounds ($25billion) on Wednesday, boosting its shares even as sliding sales of diabetes drug Avandia held back second-quarter profit.
Merck said second-quarter net profit slumped to 85.5 million euros ($117.9 million) from 528.5 million euros in the year-earlier period after a gain from the sale of assets last year was not repeated and as the company wrote down the value of some inventory after buying Serono.
With little or no fanfare Pfizer launched a new ad campaign for its erectile dysfunction drug Viagra on NBC Nightly News last night. Pfizer has gotten into a bit of trouble before for its relatively racy Viagra spots like the "Horny Devil" campaign featuring the guy with two horns growing out of his head. This time it's got a bunch of 40-something guys sitting around a dusty barn singing "Viva Viagra" to the tune of Elvis' "Viva Las Vegas".
Quarterly earnings reports and corporate alliances were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Tuesday.
The FDA is seeking a one-year study of how the drug Pristiq affects the heart and liver, said Wyeth's chief medical officer, Dr. Gary Stiles.
Wall Street is heading for a lower opening as some weak earnings and credit market jitters outweigh positive profit reports from companies like Pepsico and Lockheed-Martin. European markets are moving lower after overnight gains in Tokyo and Hong Kong shares.
Eli Lilly Tuesday posted better-than-expected second-quarter earnings helped by surging sales of its prescription drugs, including depression treatment Cymbalta, and the company raised its 2007 profit forecast.
Corporate takeovers in the tech sector and earnings news were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Monday.
After a disappointing week for big pharma earnings, Merck and Schering-Plough start the second-half of the sector's reporting season with a bang. Both companies beat the Street on the top and bottom lines. Merck also raised its full-year earnings guidance to boot. And investors love it. Look at the huge move in the Dow component.
Schering-Plough on Monday said second-quarter earnings more than doubled, driven by growing demand for its Zetia and Vytorin cholesterol drugs and its treatments for arthritis and allergies.
Merck said Monday that quarterly earnings rose 12% on strong demand for its newer vaccines and medicines, and raised its 2007 profit forecast, sending its shares up 4%.
Diversified manufacturer Teleflex agreed to buy Arrow International for about $2 billion to strengthen its position as a global supplier of disposable medical products, the companies said Monday.
With a couple of exceptions the pharma earnings season has failed to impress Wall Street, so far. Take a look at the one week performance of the Amex Pharmaceutical Index versus the Dow. Next week there's no let-up. Right out of the gate on Monday morning Merck and Schering-Plough report.
U.S. drug reviewers will ask an advisory panel if they should wait for more data before deciding whether to approve GPC Biotech proposed prostate cancer pill, a summary released Friday said.