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  • FDA Set to OK Cloned Meat: WSJ Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 3:36 AM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration is expected to declare as early as next week that meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to consume, the Wall Street Journal reported without naming its source.

  • Amgen: Anemia Drugs Take Yet Another Hit Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 4:18 PM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration late this morning put out a news release with the heading, "FDA Receives New data on Risks of Anemia Drugs." This is more bad news for an additional population of cancer patients and, of course, Amgen and, to a lesser extent, Johnson and Johnson.

  • FDA Panel Rejects Genentech Drug for Breast Cancer Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 3:35 AM ET

    A panel of government advisers said that Genentech drug Avastin should not be approved for expanded use in breast-cancer patients, sending the company's shares sharply lower.

  • FDA Panel Rejects Genentech Drug for Breast Cancer Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET

    A panel of government advisers said that Genentech drug Avastin should not be approved for expanded use in breast-cancer patients, sending the company's shares sharply lower.

  • Genentech Drug Toxicity Under FDA's Microscope Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 11:37 AM ET
    Genetech

    The benefits of Genentech's cancer drug Avastin in breast cancer should be weighed against some toxic side effects, including the potential for death, U.S. regulatory staffers said in documents released Monday.

  • Genentech, Amgen And The Fight Against Breast Cancer Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 10:53 AM ET

    Although the stock movement this morning is not reflecting it, the latest developments in Amgen and Genentech's efforts to come up with new treatments for breast cancer are emblematic of the opposite direction these California-based biotech behemoths and rivals are headed.

  • US Panel Backs Abbott's Drug-Coated Heart Stent Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 9:18 PM ET

    Abbott Laboratories moved closer to joining the U.S. market for drug-coated heart stents on Thursday as an advisory panel backed the company's experimental device.

  • 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.

  • St. Jude Medical Wins FDA Approval for Heart Valve Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 9:49 AM ET

    St. Jude Medical on Monday said U.S. regulators approved the sale of a new heart valve with technology designed to protect against hardening of the tissue due to calcification.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eli Lilly Halts Two Drug Studies; Shares Fall Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | 6:50 PM ET

    Eli Lilly said it stopped giving its experimental blood-clot preventer prasugrel to heart patients in two small trials, noting that the dosage of the drug may have to be adjusted for certain types of patients.

  • Glaxo's Avandia Nose Dive: What It Means Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | 11:48 AM ET

    Shares in the world's second biggest drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, are giving back all of yesterday's gains in early trading this morning. That's because sales of its embattled diabetes drug, Avandia and other Avandia-related products took a huge dive in the third quarter. Down 48% in the U.S. from the same time last year.

  • Dendreon's Provenge Trial: Big Step On Bumpy Road Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 2:58 PM ET

    It isn't moving the stock, but Dendreon this morning announced that it has signed up all of the patients for the big clinical trial that could lead to its prostate cancer drug, Provenge, winning Food and Drug Administration approval. The completion of enrollment was not unexpected, so that's why people aren't trading on the news.

  • Biogen Idec Earnings A 'Huge Swing and a Miss' Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 12:13 PM ET

    Biotech giant Biogen Idec posted some disappointing third-quarter results, falling short of Wall Street expectations across the board. Does it matter, since the company has announced it's up for sale? Biotech analyst Christopher Raymond of Robert W. Baird thinks it does.

  • New Regulations? Food Industry Unlikely to Be Fazed Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

    Tighter food regulations under consideration could benefit consumers and companies alike, as Congress looks to help the industry through a crisis in confidence driven by a spate of high-profile recalls.

  • Impotence Drugs to Add Warning About Hearing Loss Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 5:13 PM ET
    Pfizer's Viagra

    U.S. regulators said warnings about the risk of sudden hearing loss linked to popular drugs for impotence, including Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, would be added to the drugs' labels.

  • Amylin, Eli Lilly Shares Slip On Diabetes Drug Worries Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 1:52 PM ET

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had reviewed 30 reports of pancreatitis in patients taking Byetta, known generically as exenatide.

  • Merck Wins FDA Approval for AIDS Drug Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 5:09 PM ET

    U.S. regulators approved a new AIDS treatment made by Merck, the first in a new class of drugs aimed at preventing replication of the virus, Merck said on Friday.

  • Glaxo Buys into Synta, Investors Sell Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 1:08 PM ET

    Melanoma -- a type of skin cancer -- is the most common form of cancer. It can spread very quickly and the prognosis often is not good. The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 60,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year and more than 8,000 patients will die. You can find out more about it on the ACS's website.

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