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  • Pharma CEO's: Getting Them To Talk To Me Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 3:40 PM ET

    Regarding my post from yesterday about Lilly CEO Sidney Taurel, a spokesman  left me a voicemail this morning to say it has no intention of backing out of the interview next week. I've got a tentative commitment from Bristol-Myers Squibb to interview its new CEO Jim Cornelius for the first time at that company's analyst meeting next week.

  • Merck Hits 60! (Dollars A Share) Will It Go Even Higher? Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 11:05 AM ET

    During regular trading hours on Tuesday, Merck shares hit 60 bucks. If you bought the stock about two years ago and held it, you've doubled your money. Merck traded for 45 bucks and change the day before the company recalled Vioxx. It hadn't been above 60 since mid-2003. This has to go down as one of the greatest comeback stories in history.

  • Sidney Taurel

    If you arrive for work at CNBC headquarters early enough you can pick up a copy of "The Wall Street Journal" at the lobby desk when you walk in. Today, I grabbed mine and set it down on my desk while I logged onto my computer and cleaned out my inbox.

  • Late yesterday, a bullet crossed the Dow Jones newswire saying, "FDA Warns GlaxoSmithKline on Breast-Cancer Drug Promotion." Almost immediately, my producer and I got a call from the CNBC staffer who was manning what we call our "Alerts Desk" asking us if we'd seen the news and if we could provide any context.

  • Symbion Says Healthscope Bid Will Not Proceed Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 6:49 PM ET

    Symbion Health said on Tuesday that a planned $2.4 billion takeover led by Healthscope would not proceed after Australian tax authorities disallowed tax relief on parts of the deal.

  • Merck & the Media Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    So, does this mean I'm gonna get scooped by Reuters on Merck stories? I'm just kidding, but that was one of my reactions when I saw the press release this morning from Merck announcing that it's putting the CEO of Reuters, Tom Glocer, on its Board of Directors. The head of a financial data and news company on the Board of a major drug company. Very interesting.

  • Australia's Healthscope, Symbion on Trading Halt Sunday, 25 Nov 2007 | 8:26 PM ET

    Shares in Australian health sector takeover target Symbion Health and its suitor Healthscope were placed on trading halts on Monday, ahead of a market announcement.

  • Symbion Says Primary Loses Legal Challenge Over Bid Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 4:34 AM ET

    Australia's Symbion Health Ltd said on Friday Primary Health Care Ltd had lost a legal challenge against it over Symbion's proposed A$2.8 billion (US$2.4 billion) tie-up with Healthscope Ltd.

  • Pfizer's Smoking Problem Helps "Suffocate" Stock Price Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 11:27 AM ET

    Late yesterday afternoon, the Food and Drug Administration put out what it calls an "Early Communication" announcing that it's looking into possible dangerous side effects from Pfizer's hot, new smoking cessation pill, Chantix. The company sold nearly a quarter-billion dollars worth of the drug in the third quarter which put it on track to quickly achieve billion-dollar blockbuster status.

  • Roche Seeks US Approval for Arthritis Drug Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 5:18 AM ET

    Swiss drugmaker Roche has submitted its experimental Actemra drug to the U.S. authorities for approval to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults.

  • Merck, Vertex MK-0457 Trials Halted on Heart Risk Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 9:01 PM ET

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals said Merck & Co halted enrollment on trials of their investigational leukemia drug MK-0457 due to a potential heart safety issue in one patient.

  • It didn't take long for Japan's Takeda Pharmaceuticals, which trades on the Tokyo exchange, to try to capitalize on the new safety warning for GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug Avandia. Last week the FDA slapped a so-called "Black Box"--the agency's most severe warning--on the Avandia label advising patients and doctors about the potential heart attack and stroke risk that's been the subject of so much controversy over the past several months.

  • If the writer's strike has you looking for alternatives to insomnia-fighting late-night TV shows, then Pfizer may have just what the doctor ordered. Tune into the company's web cast for investors and analysts at 11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time on Thursday, November 29th. If you don't believe me check out the press release on the Pfizer web site. The world's biggest drug company is taking its show on the road to Hong Kong.

  • For a Monday before the Thanksgiving holiday, this is turning into an extremely busy day on the biotech beat. Two of the stories actually broke on Sunday: Celgene buying Pharmion for nearly $3 billion and Genentech announcing a breakthrough in brain cancer. Then, before the opening bell this morning Onyx Pharmaceuticals and Bayer won the expected Food and Drug Administration approval of their drug Nexavar for liver cancer.

  • Pfizer to Buy Cooley at 167% Premium Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 11:06 AM ET
    Pfizer

    Pfizer, the world's biggest drugmaker, said Friday it has agreed to acquire Coley Pharmaceutical Group -- a developer of vaccine technology and drugs to treat cancer, asthma and other disorders -- for $164 million.

  • ImClone's Erbitux And The Passing Of Dr. Scott Hitt Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 10:40 AM ET

    Last night, Bristol-Myers Squibb and ImClone Systems announced that a study being published in the prestigious "New England Journal of Medicine" shows their cancer drug Erbitux extended the lives of some metastatic colon cancer patients. The median survival of the people on Erbitux was just over six months versus about four-and-a-half months for those who got conventional drug treatment.

  • AstraZeneca Gets New US Approval for Seroquel XR Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 8:58 AM ET

    AstraZeneca said on Friday that U.S. health regulators had approved Seroquel XR, an extended-release version of one of its top-selling drugs, as a maintenance treatment for adult schizophrenia patients.

  • J&J to Focus Beyond Traditional Lines of Business Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 1:16 PM ET
    Johnson & Johnson

    Health care products maker Johnson & Johnson, faced with lagging sales of some top products, said Thursday it would create three new units to boost prospects.

  • Buy Wyeth? Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 10:39 AM ET

    What's the best reason to own a pharma stock right now? Consistency in the face of recession.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.

  • State of the Market Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 10:34 AM ET

    Stay in the game, Cramer says, but play it cautious.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.