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  • My recent post on the new Evista commercial from Eli Lilly elicited a few opinions including one from a woman who says she participated in a focus group for the spot. Laura Bliss says her comments at the time were that the "togas...made the women look like they were already sick....

  • Oil, Inflation Worries Clamp Down on Stocks Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 4:31 PM ET

    Stocks finished near session lows as oil prices soared and a measure of wholesale inflation surged, sparking worries that the Federal Reserve will start focusing on rising prices rather than slowing growth.

  • Oil, Inflation Worries Clamp Down on Stocks Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 1:33 PM ET

    Stocks tumbled Tuesday as oil prices blew past $129 a barrel and a measure of wholesale inflation surged, sparking worries that the Federal Reserve will start focusing on rising prices rather than slowing growth.

  • Amgen Keeps Biotechs From Reaching Industry Milestone Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 9:48 AM ET
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    If sales of Amgen's anemia drugs hadn't fallen so much last year, the American biotechnology industry probably would have turned its first profit in history. That's one of the main conclusions of Ernst & Young's comprehensive annual report on the sector that came out today.

  • Pfizer And Amgen Trade "Political" Places Monday, 19 May 2008 | 10:51 AM ET
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    Up until last month, AMGN had been atop the list of pharmaceutical manufacturer donors and PFE was in a close second. But the CRP says they flip-flopped in the most recent month that figures are available. So far, in the 2008 election cycle, Pfizer's given $862,000 to candidates and Amgen has forked over $852,000.

  • Audience

    Occasionally -- when the bosses will let me -- I take a day to network, learn and maybe pick up a story idea by attending a biotech or healthcare investment conference. Many firms put on the events for their clients and they often invite reporters to hang out. ... The PR guy told me a couple of sessions during the day would be "closed" to me. It wasn't clear what the closed sessions were all about, and so my curiousity was piqued...

  • Amgen CEO To Shareholders: I Feel Your Pain, Too Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 10:29 AM ET
    Kevin Sharer, Amgen CEO

    Amgen is in major belt-tightening mode. Still it held its annual shareholder shindig at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, CA. The 400-500 investors who showed up were treated to valet parking, soft drinks, and a nice spread of cheeses, vegetable crudite, fruit and sweets

  • A visit from the fairy

    There's no money left under the pillow, but Amgen execs and directors have been handed a gift. One of the most outspoken, large, individual investors in the biotech company who's been calling for the Board and CEO to go won't be attending its annual shareholder meeting after all.

  • After the closing bell yesterday, Merck announced that it plans to get rid of 12-hundred or around 15 percent of its sales reps. Like Schering-Plough, the company is having to adjust to lower sales of its Vytorin and Zetia cholesterol drugs and on top of that the Food and Drug...

  • Amgen: Is "A" For Anemia Or Acquisition? Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 12:35 PM ET
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    The morning after Amgen reported its first quarter earnings my inbox runneth over with analyst research reports on the biotech behemoth. The company beat the Street by eight cents a share. But the focus remains on the anemia drug franchise.

  • Amgen Tops Expectations on Cost-Cutting Efforts Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 4:09 PM ET
    Amgen

    Amgen Inc., the world's largest biotechnology company, reported earnings of $1.12 per share on first-quarter revenues of $3.6 billion on Thursday, beating most Wall Street expectations on cost-cutting measures.

  • Springtime for Pharma: A Big Week Ahead For Earnings Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 12:01 PM ET

    The irreverent producers of "Squawk on the Street" who are stationed in the pod next to mine here at CNBC like to call it "Pharmapalooza." They're referring to weeks like the one coming up when nearly every big drug company reports earnings.

  • Johnson & Johnson's Earnings And Its Very "Taxing" Day Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 3:56 PM ET
    Johnson & Johnson

    Dow component and healthcare conglomerate (drugs, consumer products, medical devices) Johnson & Johnson beat and boosted. That's Wall Street jargon for earnings coming in higher than expectations and the guidance for the rest of the year being raised. So, why did the stock go down?

  • Pops & Drops: Amgen, Home Depot, Rite Aid... Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 6:45 PM ET

    Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Amgen and Home Depot popped while Rite Aid and First Marblehead dropped.

  • Genentech Earnings Preview: Cure for Portfolio Ills? Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 1:37 PM ET
    Genetech

    Genentech stock is on a tear this year and analysts are expecting double-digit sales growth for most of the biotech's key drugs this quarter. Can Genentech keep it up?

  • Schering-Plough And The Vytorin-Zetia Backstory Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    The Star-Ledger of New Jersey this weekend did a story that I think provides the best insight and backstory about what happened last week at the highest levels of Schering-Plough.CEO Fred Hassan was in Miami when doctors dropped the bomb on Vytorin and Zetia at the American College of Cardiology meeting.

  • Pops & Drops: Schering-Plough, MEMC Electronics... Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 6:51 PM ET

    Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Schering-Plough and Constellation Brands popped while MEMC Electronics and Cisco dropped.

  • Amgen's Bone Drug Data: Is There "Bone Of Contention"? Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 11:05 AM ET
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    After the closing bell yesterday, Amgen put out a press release announcing that phase 3 pivotal data are being published in a scientific/medical journal about its most important drug development pipeline product--an osteoporosis drug known as D-mab. (Whenever you see the letters mab at the end of the scientific name for a drug it means it's a monoclonal antibody).

  • Bear Stearns' Amgen Call  Brings On More Gallows Humor Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 1:16 PM ET

    This morning, Bear Stearns biotech analyst Mark Schoenebaum and a couple of members of his research team hosted a conference call with a 50-page PowerPoint about Amgen. The purpose was to drill down into the looming court decision over whether Roche will be able to launch a competing anemia drug in the U.S. for kidney dialysis patients.

  • Gilead Sciences "Pushes Out" Amgen As Number 2 Biotech Monday, 24 Mar 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    Investors now think that a biotech company with less than one-third the revenue of Amgen is worth more than the former sector king. Elizabeth Trotta at TheStreet.com took note of this late last week but I thought it was worth pointing out.