Stocks GlaxoSmithKline PLC

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    GlaxoSmithKline's Alli (pronounced "ally" -- don't ask me why they put an "i" at the end) is the new over-the-counter version of prescription Xenical from Roche. It's a diet pill, but as I previously blogged, it has potentially embarrassing side effects. On the plus side, GSK says you can subtract 50% more pounds if you use Alli as directed. But, if you still eat too many fatty foods, you could run into trouble.

  • Analysts have projected peak sales of up to $1 billion a year for the allergy treatment, which is chemically known as fluticasone furoate.

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    Is this a sign that the world has become complacent about the pandemic flu threat? Or that some people think it was all a bunch of hooey?Roche today is announcing that it's cutting back production of Tamiflu. When bird flu stories and fears started reaching critical mass more than a year ago, Roche came under considerable criticism for not being able to make enough Tamiflu to meet the sudden spike in demand.

  • GlaxoSmithKline profits dipped 1% in the first quarter, as sales were hit by the strength of sterling and the loss of patent protection on key medicines, Europe's biggest drugmaker said on Wednesday.

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

  • Gardasil -- Merck's new vaccine for HPV and cervical cancer -- has been a lightning rod for social controversy since it came to market in the second half of last year. Should Merck be lobbying state's to mandate it? Should parents be forced to have their pre-adolescent, presumably pre-sexually-active kids to get it? Who will pay for it? (It costs about $400 for all three shots which are given over several months.)

  • Merck and GlaxoSmithKline both released news about their respective treatments for human papillomavirus Tuesday, leaving them "duking it out over what's expected to be the multi-billion dollar HPV cervical cancer vaccine market," reported CNBC's Mike Huckman.

  • 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.

  • Radio personality Don Imus appears on Rev.Al Sharpton's radio show, in New York Monday April 9, 2007. Imus issued another apology for referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" on his morning show last week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    CBS fired Don Imus from his radio show Thursday, the finale to a stunning fall for one of the nation's most prominent broadcasters.  Imus initially was suspended  for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" last week, but outrage continued and advertisers bolted from his programs.

  • 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.

  • The failure of rival heart drugs has put the spotlight on a novel GlaxoSmithKline compound that will reach a critical stage of testing this year, after languishing in development for years.

  • Radio personality Don Imus appears on Rev.Al Sharpton's radio show, in New York Monday April 9, 2007. Imus issued another apology for referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" on his morning show last week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    NBC News has decided that its cable news channel, MSNBC will no longer simulcast the Don Imus radio program, effective immediately.  CBS Radio says its two week suspension of the program stands although it is monitoring the situation.  Advertisers have been defecting from the controversial radio host.

  • The storm over Don Imus' racial comments escalated as more advertisers pulled out from his show. CNBC's Donny Deutsch told "Power Lunch" that "I think Imus is done."

  • An experimental bowel drug from GlaxoSmithKline and its partner Adolor has little commercial future following safety problems that caused trials to be put on hold, analysts said on Tuesday.

  • It was an extra-long Lightning Round today. So that means Cramer covered everything from retail to tech to banks to agriculture -- and more.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Biopharmaceutical company Theravance Inc. said Monday it saw positive results from two midstage studies dealing with its developing asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatments.

  • GlaxoSmithKline  said Thursday it has submitted a biologics license application for Cervarix, its cervical cancer candidate vaccine, to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Last night I debated John Challenger of Challenger, Gray and Christmas, the firm that each year comes out with that March Madness lost wages study.

  • U.S. health regulators have approved GlaxoSmithKline's pill Tykerb for patients with advanced breast cancer after other treatments have failed, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday.