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  • Taking A Shot At GlaxoSmithKline Friday, 8 May 2009 | 12:18 PM ET
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    The Glaxo announcement contained the results of the first head-to-head study of GSK’s Cervarix versus Merck’s Gardasil. They’re the shots for the sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. MRK’s is already on the market. GSK’s has been delayed in getting there.

  • Merck Cancer Shot Offers Longer Protection: Study Friday, 8 May 2009 | 6:35 AM ET

    A new study shows that Merck's Gardasil vaccine protects some young women from a strain of a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer for nearly a decade.

  • Vanda Snaps Victory From The Jaws Of Defeat Thursday, 7 May 2009 | 3:50 PM ET

    Out of nowhere late yesterday the FDA approved VNDA's schizophrenia drug with the funky name Fanapt.

  • New Effort Reopens a Medical Minefield Thursday, 7 May 2009 | 10:52 AM ET
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    The Obama administration plans to spend $1.1 billion over the next few years on comparative studies to determine the effectiveness of competing treatments for common conditions like back pain, heart disease and prostate cancer.

  • Cheaper Generic Pills Saved US $734 Billion: Lobbyists Thursday, 7 May 2009 | 5:37 AM ET

    Against the backdrop of President Obama's healthcare reform effort, the main lobbying group for the generic drug industry says the U.S. healthcare system saved nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars over the past ten years on generic drugs.

  • Roche & Genentech: Get It Together Wednesday, 6 May 2009 | 12:32 PM ET

    It's a new world. Before Roche bought Genentech, stock-moving drug development milestones for DNA were closely followed by the news media, analysts and investors. But because the Swiss drugmaker Roche only trades over-the-counter in the U.S., the information isn't as "actionable" as it used to be when DNA was around.

  • Battlin' Over Amylin Wednesday, 6 May 2009 | 11:07 AM ET
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    You gotta love a good proxy fight, especially when you have one of the kings of shareholder activism, Carl Icahn, in the ring. And lately, I've been getting bombarded by emails from representatives of all corners.

  • Cinco de Mayo Para Byetta Tuesday, 5 May 2009 | 12:22 PM ET

    Fiesta time started a little earlier than expected for investors in Eli Lilly, Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Alkermes. The companies had said they would file for Food and Drug Administration approval of the once-a-week version of the diabetes drug Byetta in the second quarter, but most analysts thought that meant June.

  • May Day For Dendreon? Monday, 4 May 2009 | 11:05 AM ET

    Whenever a politician, government agency or company puts out news late on a Friday chances are it probably isn't good or it's stuff they'd like to just slip under the door.

  • Genentech's Desmond-Hellmann May Take Helm At UCSF Friday, 1 May 2009 | 3:37 PM ET
    Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann

    Well, it didn't take long. A little more than a month after Roche swallowed Genentech, Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann may be headed out the door sooner than anyone thought.

  • After Dendreon Week, Time For Lilly's LeWeekend Friday, 1 May 2009 | 10:05 AM ET
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    have two reasons to exhale on this TGIF. My month-long stint on the graveyard shift anchoring "Worldwide Exchange" is over and Dendreon is done...for now. After all, Dendreon and its prostate cancer treatment Provenge is the story that just keeps on giving.

  • The Sequenom Syndrome Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | 12:01 PM ET
    Sequenom

    Shares of San Diego-based Sequenom are sinking on huge trading volume. The company shocked investors after the closing bell yesterday when it issued this press release announcing that its data couldn't be trusted.

  • The Morning After For Dendreon Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | 2:02 PM ET
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    The herky-jerky, stop-and-go cab ride I'm taking right now to O'Hare ain't nuthin' compared to yesterday's roller coaster ride at Chicago's McCormick Place. And can I just say? Is Dendreon  a giant magnet for high drama and intrigue or what?

  • Feeding At The Swine Flu Trough Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | 9:31 AM ET
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    Here we go again. When I was relatively new on this beat I was thrown into covering the bird flu scare. At the time, many experts said it wasn't a question of if, but when it would come to the U.S. I'm still waiting. And I hope we're all waiting forever.

  • Schering-Plough's Not Allergic To Discounts Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 12:37 PM ET
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    I didn't have much of a weekend. I was putting out swine flu fires via work emails and dealing with a really bad allergy attack. Plus, it kinda gets cut short by having to go to bed so early (6 o'clock) in order to anchor "Worldwide Exchange" at 4 a.m. ET.

  • Awaiting Proof on Provenge Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | 1:30 PM ET
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    Next week's gonna be crazy, especially Tuesday aka "Dendreon Day." Shortly after I'm done anchoring "Worldwide Exchange" early Monday morning I'll be flying to Chicago to cover the highly anticipated data release on DNDN's Provenge. That's the name of the biotech company's unique, experimental treatment for prostate cancer.

  • Pfizer Shareholders & Its Rodent Get a Morsel Thursday, 23 Apr 2009 | 12:09 PM ET
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    At Pfizer's annual shareholder meeting in Atlanta this morning, investors approved a version of "Say on Pay."

  • A Rare Failure For Roche's Avastin Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | 9:23 AM ET
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    It's a good thing I'm working the graveyard shift this month anchoring "Worldwide Exchange" at four o'clock in the morning. It was about the time that I woke up to go to work today at 1 a.m. ET that Roche and Genentech sent out their press releases announcing that their cancer drug Avastin didn't meet the main goal of a study to see if it extended the lives of people with early stage colon cancer.

  • The ABC's of Lilly: Amylin, Byetta & Carl Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | 11:39 AM ET
    Byetta Needle

    Shortly after Eli Lilly reported way better than expected earnings this morning, Amylin Pharmaceuticals fired a new salvo in its escalating proxy battle with billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn.

  • Of Dendreon And Pfizer Shorts Friday, 17 Apr 2009 | 10:29 AM ET
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    Not a surprise, but my post yesterday on what one reader called the analyst "flip-flop" on Dendreon generated a lot of responses and queries.