Jan 28- German genetic test maker Qiagen NV said its quarterly profit slid 24 percent as U.S. sales of its human papillomavirus test declined and the dollar strengthened. Qiagen said on Wednesday that sales of its HPV test in the United States fell by a greater-than-expected 59 percent, reducing adjusted net sales by five percentage points.» Read More
As I've blogged before, it seems all of the major drug companies are falling all over each other to be the biggest, or at least the best "biopharma" firm in the world. But PFE and WYE are the first, as far as I know, to put it into a URL.
A few days into his term, President Obama appears to have begun to undo another Bush-era policy. He hasn't yet formally lifted the Bush-imposed ban on federal funding of new embryonic stem cell research, but Obama's Food and Drug Administration has already set the stage for it.
For years pharmaceutical companies and health authorities have been trying to crack down on counterfeit prescription drugs. But on a new United Kingdom website the world's biggest drug company, Pfizer, is apparently taking the fight against knockoffs to a whole nutha level.
Dr. Steven Nissen, the cardiology chief at the Cleveland Clinic, reportedly remains on the shortlist to possibly become the next FDA Commissioner. Some analysts believe if Dr. Nissen gets the nod there could be a negative knee-jerk reaction in the big pharma sector stocks.
Dow component and giant healthcare company--you really can't lump it in with big pharma because it sells drugs, medical devices and consumer products--Johnson & Johnson reported earnings this morning.
The JPMorgan Healthcare Conference typically frontloads the conference putting most, if not all, of the heavy hitters' presentations in the first couple of days of the four-day event. So, it's no surprise that a company the size of Dendreon was pulling up the rear. But that doesn't mean there wasn't any news.
Even though it's one of the leading causes of cancer death in the U.S., pancreatic normally doesn't get much attention.
I couldn't go to the formal, scripted Genentech presentation at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference yesterday afternoon because I was busy doing the crazy interview on "Fast Money" with the CEO of athenahealth, Jonathan Bush. I've never done a CEO interview like it.
During his lunchtime keynote speech here at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference JPM Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon was asked to give his worst-case scenario for the economy. He said that'd be a 1982-type recession lasting about two years and with unemployment "North of 10 percent." Dimon said it would be "Irrational to not be prepared for that."
Not surprisingly it was standing room only in the grand ballroom of the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco for the Roche presentation this morning at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference.
I'm covering the 27th Annual JPMorgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco where I suspect there will be a big crowd for the Roche presentation later this morning. It's being reported that the Swiss drugmaker may soon raise its bid for Genentech. I'll be shocked if Roche says much about it either in the formal presentation or breakout session. But I'll be there just in case.
The FDA giveth and the FDA taketh away. Yesterday the agency handed Merck a little bit of a break with what could be interpreted as an endorsement, of sorts. But then this morning the FDA issued another delay in deciding whether to approve the company's Gardasil vaccine.
Within about a 12-hour period, two healthcare companies have blamed the pullback in hospital spending for worse-than-anticipated financial results.
Don't look now, but in the first week of the new year shares of Elan stock lost nearly three-quarters of its value last year on safety concerns about the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri, which it shares with Biogen Idec, and efficacy concerns over the Alzheimer's drug it's developing with Wyeth.
We all make mistakes. Gosh knows I've made more than a few. And a part of me hesitates to call attention to this one. I mean, you know what they say about paybacks and karma. But this one is too good a doozy to let pass.
The "Financial Times" apparently got a one-on-one interview with Pfizer Chairman and CEO Jeff Kindler and is playing up what he said with the headline, "Pfizer eyes merger deal with large rival."
As we head into the holiday break and the bloggable newsflow slows to a trickle, I am digging into the overflowing mailbag while filling in for my vacationing colleague Scott Wapner at the Nasdaq this week.
Drug pricing pressure under a Democratic administration be darned. $75,000. That's not a salary figure. That's the price one biotech analyst says Vertex Pharmaceuticals and its partner Johnson & Johnson might be able to charge--possibly even more--for their Hepatitis C drug.
For months now several analysts have been pointing out that despite big pharma's many problems some of the companies still pay healthy dividends. And when T-bills are offering next to nothing, a solid dividend yield in these rough and tumble times is a good thing.
CEOs of big drug companies are rarely, if ever, publicly candid about the price of their stock. You usually get the boilerplate line about how they manage the business and the market will do whatever.