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  • Mardi Gras Beads

    There are reports of booze, women and beads--as in Mardi Gras beads. Specifically, the piece cites allegations from a lawsuit brought by a former MDT attorney who says the medical device maker sponsored a "discussion group" outing to New Orleans.

  • As the press release that came with the book says, "Compact enough to carry in a lab coat pocket, the paperback helps health care practitioners, particularly those who are newcomers to clinical diagnosis, understand and evaluate a wide range of symptoms."

  • Pfizer Is A Driver: "Complaining" Investor Read On! Thursday, 18 Sep 2008 | 4:40 PM ET

    The stock posted its biggest percentage gain in nearly three years and its biggest dollar gain in more than two years, according to CNBC stock-stat maven Robert Hum.

  • Lilly Loves Lechleiter--But Stock Moves On Other "News" Thursday, 18 Sep 2008 | 11:33 AM ET

    New Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter today joins the list of the recent fresh crop of big pharma honchos who've been elevated to Chairman of the Board as well. But that's not what's moving shares of LLY higher this morning.

  • Abbott & Boston Scientific: Rising Stent Stars Wednesday, 17 Sep 2008 | 12:21 PM ET
    Boston Scientific Corp.

    Not too long ago, some had written off the potential for significant growth to resume in sales of the little wire mesh tubes that are painted with special drugs to help keep arteries from reclogging.

  • Putting My Finger On The BlackBerry Addiction Friday, 12 Sep 2008 | 2:03 PM ET

    Yesterday afternoon I became a statistic. I am now among the reportedly growing number of people getting injured while texting and--not driving--but walking.

  • ImClone-Bristol Battle Is Really Gettin' Good Friday, 12 Sep 2008 | 9:57 AM ET

    I finished my last ImClone Systems vs. Bristol-Myers Squibb entry asking what Bristol had to say about IMCL's claim of a mystery outbidder. Well, yesterday we found out in a press release from BMY.

  • Pfizer: A Delay And A Deal? Tuesday, 9 Sep 2008 | 12:06 PM ET

    At the risk of getting more emails from conspiracy-theorist readers who think I report too much negative news about Pfizer, here comes another setback for the world's biggest drug company.

  • Pharma Stocks

    John Sullivan, the Director of Research at Lerrink Swann, which specializes in healthcare stocks, says there is a potential trading opportunity in the sector related to F & F.

  • Lilly's Brewing Battle With Bristol And Your Emails Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | 12:58 PM ET
    Effient Ad

    Earlier this week I blogged about Eli Lilly's "Coming Soon" banner ad I spotted in the online edition of "The New England Journal of Medicine." It's designed to generate buzz about the company's crucial new bloodthinner that could win Food and Drug Administration approval this month.

  • At The End Of The Day: Dendreon Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 4:30 PM ET

    Dendreonians, the wait is over. Dendreon had the second-to-last time slot at the BioCentury/Thomson Reuters biotech investment conference this afternoon.

  • Orexigen And Its Obesity Bets Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 11:51 AM ET
    Orexigen

    After Medivation, I moved onto the Orexigen presentation. It's a company I profiled at when it had data on one of its fat-fighting drugs at last year's diabetes conference, so I wanted to check up on its progress.

  • Medivation's Presentation Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 10:18 AM ET
    Medivation

    A little more than 24 hours after announcing its big, lucrative Alzheimer's drug partnership with Pfizer, Medivation had the lead-off position (I wonder if they told organizers they'd be a newsmaker) at today's BioCentury/Thomson Reuters biotech investment conference in New York City.

  • Biotech Bonanza At Industry Conference Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 9:09 AM ET

    Today I will be attending and blogging from the 15th Annual Newsmakers in the Biotech Industry conference which is put on by BioCentury Publications and Thomson Reuters. Three dozen biotechs will be making presentations and then doing hour-long q and a's during breakout sessions.

  • Pfizer Finding Innovation At Medivation Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 10:32 AM ET
    Lilly Effient

    In late July at a big scientific conference in Chicago, I reported on new, positive data on Medivation's experimental Alzheimer's drug Dimebon (dim-uh-bahn).

  • No Vindication For Vytorin; Victory for Sciele Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 1:30 PM ET

    While I was on the "New England Journal of Medicine" Web site yesterday preparing my reports for today about the embargoed articles, I noticed a banner ad at the top of the homepage from Eli Lilly saying something along the lines of, "Coming Soon: Effient (Prasugrel)."

  • For Widely Used Drug, Question of Usefulness Lingers Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 4:51 AM ET

    When the Food and Drug Administration approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering medicine in 2002, it did so on the basis of a handful of clinical trials covering a total of 3,900 patients. None of the patients took the medicine for more than 12 weeks, and the trials offered no evidence that it had reduced heart attacks or cardiovascular disease, the goal of any cholesterol drug, the New Yor Times reported.

  • Hurricane Lurking For Merck & Schering-Plough? Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 11:34 AM ET

    This won't be much of an end-of-summer holiday weekend for the folks at Merck and Schering-Plough. That's because early Tuesday morning (5am ET) the detailed results of the so-called SEAS study will be presented at a scientific conference in Germany. This is the test of MRK and SGP's cholesterol drug Vytorin, which showed a higher incidence of cancer among the patients taking the pill.

  • Merck's Charm Offensive Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 10:49 AM ET
    Gardasil Advertisment

    In the current monster-sized issue of Vogue, my producer, Ruth, while killing time on the Delta shuttle on our way from New York to Boston for a shoot this week, uncovered a blogworthy story buried in the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pages of fashion ads. It represents a whole new idea in the world of direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising.

  • When It Rains Risk, It Pours Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | 12:01 PM ET

    Within a 12-hour period five biopharma companies revealed negative drug news that is sending their stocks lower -- in the case of Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Cell Genesys, much lower. After the closing bell Tuesday, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer had an announcement to make...