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Could a carrot-chomping Bugs Bunny become a drug pitchman? Well, maybe, if the small Israeli company Protalix BioTherapeutics could pay Warner Brothers enough money for Bugs' services.
Today the Food and Drug Administration announced that Pfizer's Chantix and GlaxoSmithKline's Zyban will carry new warnings about mental side effects. Not just any old warnings, but so-called "Black Box" warnings. Or, at least, that's what we in the news media used to call them. Until the FDA called us out today.
Shares of Sanofi-Aventis are getting a little investor injection on the back of the emergency release of the Lantus diabetic insulin studies late last Friday.
Shares of the French drugmaker are getting pummeled over at least three analyst reports identifying a leak about a study or studies that could go public soon. Their research suggests the data is related to a suspected or "theoretical" higher cancer risk associated with SNY's Lantus.
It has become the trillion-dollar question: can President Obama find that much in spending cuts and tax increases to keep his campaign promise to overhaul the health care system, without adding to already huge deficits? Mr. Obama and the Democrats running Congress are deeply split over the possibilities.
Man, it's gotta hurt when the publicly-traded company you've been leading for years announces you're stepping down and investors pop the champagne corks.
ACC, ADA, AHA, ASCO, ICAD, TCT. That's just a handful of the acronyms and abbreviations for scientific and medical conferences that I've attended over the years. But this year I might be able to add RITA to my dance card. I'd never heard of her (it) before this morning when I got this press release from Crucell, which owns technology for faster, better, cheaper vaccine manufacturing.
The growing, influential role of Twitter has never been more evident than during the recent Iranian uprising. But did the story that "The Wall Street Journal" broke last Friday night about Apple's Steve Jobs getting a liver transplant actually appear on Twitter first?
Healthcare stocks rebound, so is significant reform dead? Healthcare stocks have been moving off their lows since Tuesday and are up significantly today after moving almost straight down in June.
Two days after the FDA ordered Matrixx Initiatives' Zicam off the market the story remains one of the most emailed articles on "The New York Times" website. And the company seems to still be trying to find its corporate crisis footing.
I was an early adopter of Zicam when it came on the market 10 years ago. Whenever I felt a cold coming on, I'd load up on the stuff along with Vitamin C and zinc lozenges. So, last night I went searching through the bathroom cabinets to find my Zicam stash to toss it in the trash per the FDA's advisory.
The r-word has become a rejoinder to anyone who says that this country must reduce its runaway health spending, especially anyone who favors cutting back on treatments that don’t have scientific evidence behind them. You can expect to hear a lot more about rationing as health care becomes the dominant issue in Washington this summer.
I have a confession to make. I try to be as transparent as possible, to share as much information as I can about how the sausage is made. To that end, on at least a few occasions I’ve mentioned on this blog and on CNBC, that I’ve been on 10 milligrams of Lipitor.
This morning the apparently Red Bull-fueled (or maybe he's a Starbucks triple-shot guy) biotech analyst at Deutsche Bank, Dr. Mark Schoenebaum, did a deep dive for clients in a presentation he called, "Getting ready for summer!"
To almost no one's surprise, for the first time in 41 years, the World Health Organization has declared a full-blown swine flu pandemic. But the declaration is tied more to the geographic spread of the virus than it is to its virulence.
Medtronic spokesman Steve Cragle sent CNBC this clarification to Mr. Hawkins' answer to Mike Huckman's question regarding the Senate investigation into a doctor who has done consulting work for MDT.
"It's a risky business." I don't think I'll ever forget when a Chief Financial Officer said that at an investor conference last year in lieu of reading the whole boring boilerplate "Safe Harbor Statement."
In less than two weeks, there've been four pretty significant events in biopharma. And, hopefully, after ADA things will begin to settle down a bit for the summer.
A year or so ago, when customers buttonholed the pharmacists at Almand’s Drug Store here the questions were invariably about dosing or side effects. These days, they are almost always about cost.
The cost of drugs was a hot topic at ASCO this year, especially with the release of the big test results combining two very expensive treatments for lung cancer. The study showed using Avastin from Roche and Genentech and a pill, Tarceva, from OSI Pharmaceuticals, Roche and Genentech slowed down progression of the disease by a little more than a month.