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Pharmas Market with Mike Huckman

  Thursday, 7 Dec 2006 | 11:08 AM ET

Diabetes and Big Pharma

Posted By: Mike Huckman
While I'm in the car--not driving--on my way to the airport to go to the FDA Advisory Committee meeting on drug-coated stents I wanted to pass along some news from the Eli Lilly analyst meeting this morning in New York that I just left. »Read more
  Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 | 2:13 PM ET

A Kindler Pfizer

Posted By: Mike Huckman
So, it took the torpedoeing of torcetrapib to get new Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler to finally talk to us. He came on "Power Lunch" today for his first TV interview since taking the helm more than four months ago. A former litigator, he is media savvy, telegenic and a smooth-talker. I don't know why he didn't come on before he was put in the position of serious crisis management with a major hole to fill in the company's drug pipeline and about a ten percent decline in the stock price. »Read more
  Monday, 4 Dec 2006 | 2:07 PM ET

Buckle Up: It's Gonna be a Wild Ride

Posted By: Mike Huckman
Saturday night Pfizer dropped a bombshell.  Two days after the company announced it planned--if all went well--to file for FDA approval of its developmental cholesterol pill Torcetrapib in the second half of next year, Pfizer suddenly pulled the plug on the drug.  Tests had shown this pill raises good cholesterol and lowers bad.  But the FDA says early Saturday morning Pfizer's Independent Data Safety Monitoring Board told the company about people who died in a clinical trial. »Read more
  Monday, 4 Dec 2006 | 2:07 PM ET

The Michael Moore Effect?

Posted By: Mike Huckman
Earlier this year a crew working for documentary filmmaker Michael Moore "crashed" the major scientific oncology conference in Atlanta. Moore's reportedly working on a movie with the working title of "Sicko" about the country's healthcare system and the pharmaceutical industry. »Read more