WASHINGTON— Federal health officials have approved a first-of-a-kind flu vaccine that contains a booster to help protect seniors vulnerable to the virus. The Food and Drug Administration says Fluad is the first seasonal vaccine that contains an adjuvant, a substance that boosts the body's immune response. The vaccine was first approved in Italy in 1997 and...» Read More
I'm betting somebody's blood pressure at Eli Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis today went through the roof.
What a week! And there's still one day left. Human Genome Sciences and Orexigen got the party started on Monday with their Lupus and diet drug data, respectively. Onyx Pharmaceuticals was a surprise guest with its mid-stage breast cancer results on Wednesday. Bristol-Myers Squibb cranked up the volume late yesterday with its two-bagger for Medarex. And then this morning Celgene announced it had stopped a multiple myeloma study early because the drug appears to be working so well.
A bitter Congressional fight over the cost of superexpensive biotechnology drugs has come down to a single, hotly debated number: How many years should makers of those drugs be exempt from generic competition?
Recently, Merck came out with the first vaccine for shingles called Zostavax. But it had manufacturing and supply issues that hurt the launch. In its earnings press release today, Merck says as of last month it has "resumed normal shipping schedules for Zostavax."
The Food and Drug Administration today announced that Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is voluntarily recalling two lots of the anesthetic Propofol because there are higher levels of potentially fatal endotoxins...Propofol is the same drug that was reportedly found in Michael Jackson’s house.
Carl Icahn and all of the Elanians should be happy. Biogen Idec today reported encouraging trends regarding its all-important multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri.
Man, time flies. I can't believe almost a year has passed since the incident at ICAD. That's the big Alzheimer's Disease scientific research conference that was held in Chicago in late July last year. This year, it's in Vienna and it's going on right now.
For years now, but especially in recent months, I've been covering the obesity epidemic. I regularly report on the statistics and the experimental drug data, detached and "objective" as I think any good reporter should be. It just didn't occur to me that the target population might include my sister.
I was wrong. I'd blogged a few times that I thought the FDA might have a problem with "Effient," Eli Lilly's proposed name for its bloodthinner, because it was too close to efficient and all the connotations that would have.
Perhaps reflecting concerns about the size and growth of the market for HPV shots and GSK's late entry, investors are not enthusiastic about the prestigious publication of the company's robust new test results. As I write this, GSK shares are the biggest percentage loser in big pharma.
Could a carrot-chomping Bugs Bunny become a drug pitchman? Well, maybe, if the small Israeli company Protalix BioTherapeutics could pay Warner Brothers enough money for Bugs' services.
Today the Food and Drug Administration announced that Pfizer's Chantix and GlaxoSmithKline's Zyban will carry new warnings about mental side effects. Not just any old warnings, but so-called "Black Box" warnings. Or, at least, that's what we in the news media used to call them. Until the FDA called us out today.
Shares of Sanofi-Aventis are getting a little investor injection on the back of the emergency release of the Lantus diabetic insulin studies late last Friday.
Shares of the French drugmaker are getting pummeled over at least three analyst reports identifying a leak about a study or studies that could go public soon. Their research suggests the data is related to a suspected or "theoretical" higher cancer risk associated with SNY's Lantus.
It has become the trillion-dollar question: can President Obama find that much in spending cuts and tax increases to keep his campaign promise to overhaul the health care system, without adding to already huge deficits? Mr. Obama and the Democrats running Congress are deeply split over the possibilities.
Man, it's gotta hurt when the publicly-traded company you've been leading for years announces you're stepping down and investors pop the champagne corks.
ACC, ADA, AHA, ASCO, ICAD, TCT. That's just a handful of the acronyms and abbreviations for scientific and medical conferences that I've attended over the years. But this year I might be able to add RITA to my dance card. I'd never heard of her (it) before this morning when I got this press release from Crucell, which owns technology for faster, better, cheaper vaccine manufacturing.
The growing, influential role of Twitter has never been more evident than during the recent Iranian uprising. But did the story that "The Wall Street Journal" broke last Friday night about Apple's Steve Jobs getting a liver transplant actually appear on Twitter first?
Healthcare stocks rebound, so is significant reform dead? Healthcare stocks have been moving off their lows since Tuesday and are up significantly today after moving almost straight down in June.
Two days after the FDA ordered Matrixx Initiatives' Zicam off the market the story remains one of the most emailed articles on "The New York Times" website. And the company seems to still be trying to find its corporate crisis footing.