In the middle of the Avandia blowup, GlaxoSmithKline this week is launching the new over-the-counter diet pill "Alli." The company says it's spending 150 million bucks on the first-year marketing of the formerly prescription-only Xenical from Roche.A big chunk of that is going toward a multi-pronged educational campaign to convince dieters they have to change their eating habits and exercise if they want to get the maximum benefit from Alli. That's crucial with this drug because the more fat you eat, the worse the gastrointestinal side effects. Clue: Glaxo is telling Alli users to wear dark pants and bring an extra pair to work. The company has gone so far as to set up an exhibit in New York City this week where people can get more information about Alli.
Stocks ended mixed and the S&P 500 failed to close at a new record for the second straight session. "We started out a little weak, and then we had a nice little rally, but the buyers were already in and there was no place for stocks to go but down," said Tom Schrader, head of listed trading at Stifel Nicolaus. "It's indicative of the late stages of a bull market."
So, let's start with GlaxoSmithKline's Avandia. The stock is rebounding a little bit today after the pummeling it took yesterday. Once again, the New England Journal of Medicine study saw an "embargo break" by another media outlet. That means the news hit in the middle of the trading day yesterday, catching just about everyone by surprise. The embargo was supposed to have lifted at 5 p.m. ET yesterday, which would have given all of the stakeholders -- chiefly Glaxo -- the ability to issue their prepared press releases at the same time.
Hey everyone, here's a look at the contest stock report. The biggest change appears to be GIGM which appears on the actives list for the first time--as part of the Chinese online gaming play betting on strong earnings before the bell Tuesday. Here you go:
GlaxoSmithKline's widely prescribed diabetes drug Avandia is linked to a greater risk of heart attack and possibly death, a new scientific analysis revealed, and the U.S. government issued a safety alert.
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M&A news and drug trial updates provided some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Monday.
It sits there in front of you: a plate filled to the overflow point with chili -- and under it, two cheeseburger patties, fried potatoes and one egg, over easy.What are you about to do?
The New England Journal of Medicine said in an editorial Wednesday that Merck's Gardasil, a treatment for human papillomavirus or HPV, appears to be safe and effective but "a cautious approach may be warranted" due to unanswered questions about the drug's long-term effectiveness and potential for adverse effects that could emerge over time.
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.
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.
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.