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  • UK Swine Flu May Cost £1.5 Billion a Day Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 8:08 AM ET
    Riders on the subway in Mexico City

    A full-blown swine flu pandemic hitting the UK could see one in four employees forced to stay home at a cost of 1.5 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) each day, new research suggests.

  • All In The Family Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | 11:34 AM ET
    Mike and his sister.

    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.

  • Is Lilly's Effient Sufficient? Monday, 13 Jul 2009 | 11:28 AM ET
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    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.

  • Stocks Eke Out a Gain; Alcoa Rises Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 5:14 PM ET

    A late upturn pushed stocks higher Wednesday as investors rotated into defensive stocks like pharmaceuticals and Alcoa advanced ahead of earnings.

  • Stocks Retreat as Investors Get Defensive Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 3:09 PM ET

    Stocks turned lower Wednesday as investors got defensive ahead of earnings season, rotating into pharmaceuticals and out of techs.

  • White House, Hospitals Reach Deal on Health Care Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 1:50 PM ET
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    The nation's hospitals will give up $155 billion in future Medicare and Medicaid payments to help defray the cost of President Barack Obama's health care plan, a concession the White House hopes will boost an overhaul effort that's hit a roadblock in Congress.

  • Stocks Bounce Back; Alcoa Leads Dow Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 9:44 AM ET

    Stocks rebounded Wednesday after a major selloff in the previous session as earnings season gets into gear.

  • California Budget Fix? Legalize Pot, Group Argues Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 7:59 AM ET
    California Flag

    The historic budget crisis in California could go up in smoke if one organization has its way.

  • Futures Rise as Earnings Season Kicks Off Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 7:44 AM ET

    Futures indicated a slightly higher open for Wall Street Wednesday on profit taking after the major selloff the previous day.

  • Cramer: The Market’s New Leader? Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 9:38 PM ET

    This sector offers long-term growth, even in a slowdown. Even oil can’t promise that.

  • It's a Numbers Game for Merck & Glaxo Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 12:49 PM ET

    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.

  • Hey, What's Up Doc? Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 11:55 AM ET
    Bugs Bunny

    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.

  • FDA: Thinking Outside The Black Box Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | 3:25 PM ET
    Zyban Prescribing Information

    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.

  • Looking For The Lantus Leak Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 11:23 AM ET
    Sanofi Aventis

    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.

  • A Sanofi Safety Scare? Friday, 26 Jun 2009 | 1:18 PM ET
    Sanofi Aventis

    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.

  • The Boston Scientific Tobin Party Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 1:27 PM ET
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    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.

  • Crucell's Lovely RITA Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 | 2:11 PM ET
    Rabies in the Americas 2009

    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.

  • A Jobs Tip & A Tweet Monday, 22 Jun 2009 | 12:46 PM ET
    Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the new iPod Nano in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008.

    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?

  • Some Like ‘Em Hot Friday, 19 Jun 2009 | 6:08 PM ET
    Cramer works the crowd during his "Mad Money: It's a Family Affair" special.

    Cramer, ever the contrarian, disagrees with that sentiment. He prefers his stocks at a different temperature.

  • Healthcare Stocks Getting Healthy Thursday, 18 Jun 2009 | 3:06 PM ET

    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.