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  • Merck Wins FDA Approval for AIDS Drug Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 5:09 PM ET

    U.S. regulators approved a new AIDS treatment made by Merck, the first in a new class of drugs aimed at preventing replication of the virus, Merck said on Friday.

  • Comings & Goings at Pfizer & Glaxo Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 1:30 PM ET

    This morning, the world's second biggest drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, announced that Andrew Witty will replace JP Garnier as CEO at the end of next May. It's been known for a while that Garnier would be retiring next year, and the question was who would be tapped to succeed him.

  • Stocks rallied on Friday, sending the S&P 500 index to a new closing record, as a solid employment report rekindled optimism about the outlook for economic growth and corporate profits. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, meanwhile, traded above its record close for much of the session but gave back some of those gains.

  • Pfizer's Inside R&D Move: Are Investors Buying It? Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 1:25 PM ET

    Close on the heels of announcing the hiring of a Chief Talent Officer, Pfizer this morning named a new head of Global Research and Development to replace John LaMattina who had earlier said he'd be leaving the drug company. It was on LaMattina's watch that Pfizer's next potential breakout blockbuster drug, torcetrapib for cholesterol, failed in a late-stage clinical trial.

  • Pharmas Reaping Benefits of Weak Dollar Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 3:18 PM ET

    The Dow is sitting at a new high and you could argue that the move in the pharmaceuticals sector today is largely market related with Dow components Merck, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson all trading up. As I write this the biggest dollar gainer in the group is Eli Lilly. But the largest percentage gainer is Schering-Plough.

  • A Bet on Biomarin Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 10:59 AM ET

    If the FDA approves this company's much-anticipated drug, the stock could pop.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.

  • Stocks End Down Slightly Despite Solid Consumer Data Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 5:23 PM ET

    Stocks ended Friday down slightly as dollar weakness sparked inflation concerns but losses were limited by solid U.S. consumer data. "Housing is slowing down but the U.S. consumer isn't," said Robert Froehlich of DWS Scudder. "The numbers today show that this dichotomy is in place and housing is in trouble but the consumers keep shopping."

  • Novartis Says Prexige Not Approved in U.S. Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 9:16 AM ET

    U.S. regulators have not approved Novartis's Prexige painkiller, the Swiss drugmaker said on Thursday, in an expected move after Australia withdrew the drug due to concerns over liver side effects.

  • Merck Halts 'Ineffective' HIV Vaccine Study Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 2:59 PM ET

    Merck said it halted a mid-stage trial of an investigational HIV vaccine because it proved ineffective at preventing and treating the disease.

  • ImClone, Merck Shares Jump on Erbitux Trial Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 12:41 PM ET

    The cancer drug Erbitux unexpectedly extended survival in a trial of patients with advanced lung cancer, sending shares of its maker, ImClone Systems, soaring as much as 24 percent.

  • Isis, Alnylam (Shazam!) Create Regulus Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 11:59 AM ET
    Leo Regulus

    Call it a stellar, mythic merger. This morning Isis Pharmaceuticals (named after the goddess in Egyptian mythology) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (named after the center star in Orion's belt) announced they're forming a joint venture called Regulus Therapeutics, LLC (named after the brightest star in the constellation Leo). I'm sensing a theme here.

  • Merck Wins Reversal of Vioxx Class-Action Status Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 12:27 PM ET

    Merck said Thursday the New Jersey Supreme Court has reversed a lower court ruling that had granted nationwide class-action status to insurers seeking reimbursement for past spending on Vioxx, the drugmaker's withdrawn arthritis treatment.

  • Pfizer Comes Out Swinging On Lipitor Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 11:02 AM ET
    Lipitor

    The gloves are off. Overnight, Pfizer came out with a new study on the world's top-selling drug, Lipitor, for cholesterol. The company says if you switch from its drug to generic Zocor you've got a 30% greater chance of dying from a heart attack, stroke or some other "major cardiovascular" event.

  • Pfizer: I'm Reporting Layoffs? That's News To Me Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 2:18 PM ET

    As I was gearing up to come back to work from my extended holiday weekend I searched some of my mainstay internet sources for information and tips yesterday including cafepharma.com. It's filled with pharmaceutical and biotech company message boards with postings mostly from sales reps complaining, providing job applicants with salary and benefits details, occasionally revealing the latest internal memo, and frankly, spreading rumors and gossip.

  • Tech, Drug Firms Battle Over Patent Reform Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | 9:14 PM ET

    U.S. lawmakers returning from their summer break are expected to consider patent law changes that have pitted two of America's most invention-dependent industries against each other.

  • Stocks Finish August with a Bush-Bernanke Rally Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 5:58 PM ET

    Stocks rallied after President Bush outlined his plan to help distressed homeowners, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed will act as needed to address credit concerns.

  • Merck's AIDS Drug Gets FDA Staff Support Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 9:45 AM ET

    Benefits of an experimental AIDS drug developed by Merck & Co appear to outweigh risks, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff documents released Friday ahead of an advisory panel meeting.

  • Cramer's Lightning Round Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 7:49 PM ET

    Elan, Merck, Amazon, Qualcomm 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.

  • Schering-Plough and Merck Tuesday said U.S. regulators had accepted the marketing application for their experimental allergy drug, which combines two widely used existing treatments into a single tablet.

  • Merck's Gardasil For Boys: How Will Those Ads Play? Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 2:51 PM ET
    Gardasil

    We've known that Merck has been testing its cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil on young men (16-23 years old). The company says major data on those clinical trials are expected next year and could help Merck win FDA approval of the shots for males as well as females. The first-of-its-kind product has already sparked a sociopolitical controversy with its recommended use for young women. Imagine the brouhaha if or when Merck starts selling it for young men.