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  • POLL: Have You Stopped Eating Peanut Butter? Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 5:49 PM ET

    We want to know what you're doing in response to the recall.

  • The Politics And Science Of Geron Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 2:57 PM ET
    Geron

    A few days into his term, President Obama appears to have begun to undo another Bush-era policy. He hasn't yet formally lifted the Bush-imposed ban on federal funding of new embryonic stem cell research, but Obama's Food and Drug Administration has already set the stage for it.

  • Nissen: Plainspeaking In The Plain-Dealer Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 12:31 PM ET
    Dr. Steven Nissen

    Dr. Steven Nissen, the cardiology chief at the Cleveland Clinic, reportedly remains on the shortlist to possibly become the next FDA Commissioner. Some analysts believe if Dr. Nissen gets the nod there could be a negative knee-jerk reaction in the big pharma sector stocks.

  • Ladies In Waiting For Merck's Gardasil Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 10:08 AM ET

    The FDA giveth and the FDA taketh away. Yesterday the agency handed Merck a little bit of a break with what could be interpreted as an endorsement, of sorts. But then this morning the FDA issued another delay in deciding whether to approve the company's Gardasil vaccine.

  • Merck Yesterday, Lilly Tomorrow Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 11:25 AM ET

    Analysts have a one-day respite between two major pharma R & D days and they're using it to size up Merck's update yesterday and to set expectations for Eli Lilly's briefing tomorrow.

  • Johnson & Johnson Is Latest FDA Casualty Wednesday, 26 Nov 2008 | 11:36 AM ET

    Does the Food and Drug Administration approve drugs anymore? Or are we seeing the lame-duck leadership at the agency punt any action over to the next administration?

  • Daschle's Dollars From Lawyers, Not Pharma Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 | 4:21 PM ET
    Tom Daschle

    Over the course of his congressional career the CRP shows that not a single drug company ever broke onto Daschle's top-20 list of contributors. The only healthcare-related firm that pops up is Invacare.

  • FDA Commissioner: Betting Starts On Who Obama Will Pick Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | 12:20 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    Even before the results of the election were official there was already speculation in the blogosphere about who might become the next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration under a President Obama.

  • The Waiting Game Continues For Lilly & ImClone Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | 10:42 AM ET

    Eli Lilly has been running direct-to-doctor ads over the past few months telling physicians that Effient, the company's new bloodthinner, is "Coming Soon". Well, it may have jumped the gun.

  • Lilly

    Today is the day the FDA is expected to make a decision on the drug. The agency could approve it outright, approve it with conditions/limitations, delay making a decision--again--and order more tests, or reject the pill.

  • Terrell Owens, "Venom" And Potential Health Risks Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | 4:25 PM ET
    Terrell Owens

    Terrell Owens has a case of bad timing. Less than 24 hours after the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group announced that the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver would endorse its energy drink Venom, a group of researchers at Johns Hopkins said that energy drinks should carry warning labels that site potential health risks.

  • Lilly Loves Lechleiter--But Stock Moves On Other "News" Thursday, 18 Sep 2008 | 11:33 AM ET

    New Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter today joins the list of the recent fresh crop of big pharma honchos who've been elevated to Chairman of the Board as well. But that's not what's moving shares of LLY higher this morning.

  • Merrill and Goldman Sachs Settle Auction-Debt Probe Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 6:11 PM ET

    Three more more financial firms, including Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, reached settlements over the sale of auction-rate securities, a $330 billion market that collapsed in February.

  • Merrill's Thain, Cuomo Discuss Auction-Rate Probe Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 4:27 PM ET

    Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain met with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Thursday in an attempt to reach a settlement of the auction-rate securities probe, CNBC has learned.

  • Merrill Settles With Massachusetts on Auction Debt Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 1:27 PM ET

    Merrill Lynch reached a settlement with Massachusetts over auction-rate securities, the latest in a string a accords between regulators and Wall Street firms over the $330 billion market that collapsed in February

  • Cuomo Threatens to Sue Merrill Over Auction-Rate Debt Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 9:52 AM ET

    Merrill Lynch has until Friday to settle an auction-rate securities case with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office or it will face a lawsuit, Cuomo warned during a CNBC interview.

  • Merck Drug Gets Mixed Review from Medical Journal Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 5:03 PM ET

    Two prominent articles in a major medical journal are examining the cost benefits and safety of an expensive, controversial vaccine for a sexually-transmitted disease and cancer.

  • U.S. Seeks Stronger Warnings For Amylin's Byetta Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 3:57 PM ET
    Amylin

    U.S. health regulators are seeking stronger warnings about the risk of pancreatitis after the deaths of two patients taking Amylin Pharmaceuticals' injectable diabetes drug Byetta, sending the company's shares down as much 16 percent.

  • Big Pharma Stocks: Real Rally Or One Day Wonder? Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 11:19 AM ET
    Pharma Stocks

    One day does not a full-fledged sector rotation make, but yesterday the big pharma stocks put on a show and in the early going today the curtain hasn't fallen. Pfizer even broke above 18 bucks!

  • Fourth of July fireworks

    FBR's Christopher Warren is out with a research note to clients this morning saying that Boston Scientific is doing deals. He writes that BSX is "reportedly bundling $1,100 (that's right, $1,100) Taxus stents with defibrillators and ultrasound devices."