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  • Amgen And Genentech: A Big Biotech Double Play Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 10:50 AM ET
    AMGEN

    This is a big week for the world's top-two biotechnology companies and their investors. Amgen goes before an FDA Advisory Committee Thursday about the side effects of its bread-and-butter franchise Aranesp.

  • FDA Turns Over Dendreon Documents Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 3:49 PM ET

    When I got back from the Pfizer analyst meeting in New York City this afternoon, I found a treasure trove of PDF documents in one of my inboxes from a couple of Dendreon/Provenge proponents from their Freedom of Information Act request to the Food and Drug Administration...

  • Lily Shares Fall After FDA Rejects Long-Acting Zyprexa Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 10:13 AM ET
    Eli Lilly's drug Zyprexa.

    U.S. regulators have rejected a long-acting injectable form of Eli Lilly and Co's blockbuster schizophrenia drug Zyprexa, the company said Thursday, sending its shares down almost 2 percent.

  • Roche Outlook, Stock Buoyed by Avastin Approval Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 12:48 PM ET

    Analysts raised forecasts for Roche Holding on Monday after U.S. regulators approved its Avastin drug for treating advanced breast cancer, adding a potentially significant new revenue source.

  • Genentech: How It Got Its Groove Back Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 10:42 AM ET

    I always prefer it when pharmaceutical/biotech execs and analysts can break out of their scientific/financial jargon and give good soundbites or quotes. So, among the flurry of research notes I've received over the weekend and this morning on the Genentech Avastin news the award goes to Rodman & Renshaw's Mike King who writes, "The biotech leader has its groove back."

  • Genentech's Avastin Gets "Qualified" Win From FDA Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 4:53 PM ET

    Shortly before the closing bell trading in shares of Genentech was halted for news pending. Then, right after the bell the company issued this press release announcing the Food and Drug Administration has granted "accelerated approval" to Genentech's Avastin for use on breast cancer.

  • Justices Make It Harder to Sue Medical Device Makers Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 11:19 AM ET

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday made it harder for consumers to sue manufacturers of federally approved medical devices.

  • Pfizer Wheelin' and Dealin' For Encysive's Thelin Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 10:54 AM ET

    The world's biggest drug company is spending chump change to take out a little biotech at a 118 percent premium. Pfizer, which has a cash hoard of more than $20 billion, is plunking down a paltry (for Pfizer, that is) $195 million in cash money to buy Encysive Pharmaceuticals.

  • Genentech, JNJ, Pfizer: Big Days Ahead For Pharma Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 9:41 AM ET

    Taking an extra day off to extend the long weekend before we go into a very busy period. Possibly a week from today (Friday) Genentech could get word from the Food and Drug Administration on its cancer drug Avastin for breast cancer. The agency could approve it, reject it or delay making a decision.

  • Genentech's Avastin Study: Will It Help Get FDA Approval? Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 10:29 AM ET

    After the closing bell yesterday Genentech popped out a stock-moving press release. The world's most highly-valued biotech announced that its drug Avastin when used in combo with Sanofi-Aventis' chemo drug, Taxotere, helped women with a certain type of aggressive, advanced breast cancer live longer without the disease getting worse.

  • The current issue (February 18, 2008) of New York Magazine has a story that it teases on the cover above the masthead, "No Smoking Wonder Drug." Below it in drug-label fine print the sub-head is: "Makes quitter talk to potted plants."

  • Dendreon/Provenge Petition: It Ain't Me On There Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 12:39 PM ET

    Anyone who has followed the Dendreon/Provenge saga knows there are a lot of passionate people attached to it. And apparently one of them may go by the name Mike Huckman. Last night it was brought to my attention that my name appears (or appeared) on line 277 of this online petition.

  • Allergan, Medicis Shares Drop on Botox Probe Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 12:27 PM ET

    Regulators said they're reviewing the safety of Allergan's Botox and a competing product after reports of deaths and serious reactions in some patients.

  • FDA At Level "Orange" Safety Warning? Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 2:14 PM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration continues to get a lot of attention and scrutiny. In an editorial over the weekend "The New York Times" wrote, "The F.D.A. desperately needs an infusion of money and talent." Then, "USA Today" today is running a front-page article on something I recently blogged about and other reporters tackled a few weeks ago regarding the agency approving so few drugs last year.

  • Pfizer's Chantix Suffers Yet Another Blow From FDA Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 4:53 PM ET

    Pfizer tried to get out in front of the psychiatric side-effect issues on its stop-smoking drug by adding information about behavioral changes, mood swings, thoughts of suicide, etc. to the label last month.

  • FDA to Pfizer: Toughen Warning on Chantix Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 3:44 PM ET

    U.S. regulators on Friday said Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix appears increasingly likely to be linked to serious psychiatric behavior, and called for stronger label warnings.

  • Avandia Study Results Were Leaked Early to Glaxo Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:46 PM ET
    The company logo of GlaxoSmithKline, is seen on the headquarters building in London, Wednesday May 10, 2006. GlaxoSmithKline PLC said Wednesday it has been granted a High Court injunction against animal rights activists who sent threats to the drugmaker's shareholders, barring them from sending more letters or revealing private information about the investors. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    The scientific journal Nature reported today that a peer-reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine leaked key study results on GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug Avandia to the company weeks before they were published.

  • Bush Pushes Congress on Stimulus Package Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 5:19 PM ET

    President Bush urged Congress on Friday to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action will kickstart the sputtering economy. "I strongly believe it would be a mistake to delay or derail this bill," Bush said.

  • Dendreon's Provenge: No Congressional Decision-YET Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | 4:04 PM ET

    I blogged recently that a spokesperson for the House Energy and Commerce Committee had told me a decision could be made by the end of this week regarding the Dendreon saga.

  • Pfizer's Chantix Is "Smokin'" Again Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 10:52 AM ET

    I had planned to blog about the nearly unanimous bearish analyst commentary this morning after Genentech's earnings report yesterday. The biotech giant beat on earnings per share, but came up short on Street expectations for sales of its top four drugs. DNA shares are under pressure again today.