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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?
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.
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.
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.
At Pfizer's annual shareholder meeting in Atlanta this morning, investors approved a version of "Say on Pay."
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.
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.
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.
As late as the day before the positive Dendreon data on its prostate cancer treatment Provenge came out, biotech analyst Jonathan Aschoff at Brean Murray Carret & Co. reiterated his "Sell" rating and $1 price target on the stock in a research note to clients. Today he's offering a bit of a mea culpa.
In my less than five weeks on Twitter, I've gotten ideas for four blogs and late yesterday, for the first time, I got a legit news tip off a tweet (for the uninitiated, that's what the short messages sent on Twitter are called.)
Oh, the fun the late-night comics could have with this one. The makers of the little blue pill are a little red-faced on the Emerald Isle.
Dendreon is up yet again today on heavy volume. Several investors have emailed me and one analyst voicemailed me asking if I know what's going on. I don't. And I see no news.
Victory for vernakalant! No, that's not German. It's the scientific, generic name of the experimental heart rhythm maintenance drug at a little Canadian company called Cardiome. The announcement came out Wednesday evening that Merck is hooking up with CRME in yet another partnership deal between big pharma and baby biotech.
Drug names are a favorite topic of mine. So, can someone please explain why the proposed commercial name for Eli Lilly's new bloodthinner in the U.S. is "Effient" with two f's, but in the UK, where the pill is making its debut today, it's going by "Efient" with only one f?
The emails flew over my post yesterday about the big pharma slides I saw on a flight last week.
China announced Monday the outlines of a thorough reform of the health care system that pledges to provide improved services to all citizens by 2020, tackling a critical issue that has become a major source of public dissatisfaction.
I don't want to get anyone in trouble, so I won't name the company, the drug or even what it's for. (Note to corporate PR folks reading this: Don't even try to pry it out of me. My lips are sealed.) All I'll say is that it's one of the biggies.
I'm not really enjoying my "day off" so far here in rather gloomy, cool L.A. as I've been kept pretty busy trying to chase down the Dendreon story.
An estimated 20 million or so Americans have the disease, which many experts call an epidemic. It costs this country tens of billions of dollars a year to deal with it. And several biopharma and monitoring device companies are racing to grab a bigger piece of this fast-growing, sugar-free pie.
A prestigious peer-reviewed journal is proposing taking a hardline stance on what it calls the "pervasive" funding relationship between drug and medical device companies and professional medical associations.