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  • MedImmune FluMist Works In Young Kids: FDA Panel Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 3:32 PM ET

    A newer version of MedImmune Inc.'s FluMist influenza vaccine is beneficial for use in some younger children, a panel of medical experts told U.S. regulators on Wednesday.

  • A newer version of MedImmune FluMist appears effective for children younger than 5 years old, although safety data on the influenza vaccine is still under review, U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff said in a document released today.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb's  recent agreements with rival drug companies to develop and sell drugs is a signal that the company is committed to staying independent, reports CNBC's David Faber.

  • Several other major drug companies were apparently interested in buying MedImmune, including Merck, Eli Lilly and possibly Novartis, CNBC’s David Faber reported Tuesday.

  • Hot Stocks: MedImmune, Coal Stocks Among Big Movers Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 5:33 PM ET

    M&A news and earnings updates provided some of the catalysts for Monday's most actively traded stocks.

  • Stocks closed lower as cautious comments from GM and Pfizer snapped the Dow's seven-day winning streak. "We've seen a really good move in the market and a little consolidation is healthy," said Bill Nichols, managing director of equity trading for Bear Stearns. "After being higher so much, a little profit-taking is only natural."

  • AstraZeneca to Buy MedImmune for $15 Billion Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 2:41 PM ET

    AstraZeneca has agreed to buy U.S. biotechnology company MedImmune for more than $15 billion in the biggest transaction since the creation of the Anglo-Swedish drugs group in 1999.

  • More Embargo-gate & Biotech Lotto Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 11:56 AM ET

    In a previous blog post, I wrote about what happened at this year's American College of Cardiology conference in New Orleans when at least one doctor "leaked" the results of a major, highly anticipated study comparing drug-coated stents to old-fashioned heart drugs. The ACC had to move up the embargo time of the data by one day and reporters had to scramble to meet the hastened deadline.

  • No. 1 - Big Pharma Buyout Boom Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 10:54 AM ET

    The maker of the FluMist vaccine said it was putting istself up for sale, causing its shares to surge more than 10%. MedImmune also said that certain major drugmakers had already indicated they might be interested in a takeover.

  • MedImmune Hires Goldman to Explore Sale Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | 11:09 AM ET

    U.S. biotechnology company MedImmune  has hired Goldman Sachs to explore a sale of the company, which has a market capitalization of $8.8 billion, people familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

  • AstraZeneca's Crestor cholesterol drug slowed thickening in the neck arteries of people at low risk for heart attacks and strokes, but it failed to reverse thickening as researchers had hoped it would.

  • Bristol-Myers shares have run up strongly in the past two weeks on talk of a Sanofi bid, closing at $28.52 on Friday to value Bristol-Myers at more than $56 billion.

  • AstraZeneca To Ax 3,000; Blames Generics Friday, 2 Feb 2007 | 12:14 PM ET

    When Pfizer announced its deeper cost cuts last week, including a total of about 10,000 layoffs, analysts said other big drug companies that had not already started restructuring would use the industry giant as the model. Sure enough, today AstraZeneca said it will get rid of 3,000 employees (5% of its workforce) over the next few years. Also: Gilead shares at record high.

  • Fractured Sales? Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 12:54 PM ET

    It looks like the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) chose fractures as the theme of its new issue.  One study shows that taking a popular osteoporosis drug for 5 years and then going off of it for 5 years carries a residual beneficial effect almost as if the patient stayed on the drug for all 10 years. Merck paid for the study of its #3-selling drug, Fosamax. The only exception was a 55% increased risk of fractures of the spine for those who stopped taking Fosamax. Doctors say that means...

  • AstraZeneca's European Nexium Patent Revoked Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 | 11:37 AM ET

    Private generic drugmaker Ratiopharm International had challenged the patent, which led to the decision.

  • Stocks closed sharply higher on a big day for corporate mergers, but investors may turn their attention back to the economy on Tuesday.

  • Pfizer CEO Jeffrey Kindler expressed disappointment about the failure of the company's new cholesterol drug but said Pfizer plans to continue growing through strategic acquisitions.

  • Stocks Close Higher on Strong Economic Growth Thursday, 30 Nov 2006 | 1:15 PM ET

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