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  • No Vindication For Vytorin; Victory for Sciele Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 1:30 PM ET

    While I was on the "New England Journal of Medicine" Web site yesterday preparing my reports for today about the embargoed articles, I noticed a banner ad at the top of the homepage from Eli Lilly saying something along the lines of, "Coming Soon: Effient (Prasugrel)."

  • Questions Arise Again on Vytorin Cancer Risk Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 5:03 AM ET

    Two reports and an editorial in "The New England Journal of Medicine" are raising questions again about the potentially higher risk of death from cancer associated with a popular cholesterol-fighting drug.

  • For Widely Used Drug, Question of Usefulness Lingers Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 4:51 AM ET

    When the Food and Drug Administration approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering medicine in 2002, it did so on the basis of a handful of clinical trials covering a total of 3,900 patients. None of the patients took the medicine for more than 12 weeks, and the trials offered no evidence that it had reduced heart attacks or cardiovascular disease, the goal of any cholesterol drug, the New Yor Times reported.

  • Hurricane Lurking For Merck & Schering-Plough? Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 11:34 AM ET

    This won't be much of an end-of-summer holiday weekend for the folks at Merck and Schering-Plough. That's because early Tuesday morning (5am ET) the detailed results of the so-called SEAS study will be presented at a scientific conference in Germany. This is the test of MRK and SGP's cholesterol drug Vytorin, which showed a higher incidence of cancer among the patients taking the pill.

  • Merck's Charm Offensive Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 10:49 AM ET
    Gardasil Advertisment

    In the current monster-sized issue of Vogue, my producer, Ruth, while killing time on the Delta shuttle on our way from New York to Boston for a shoot this week, uncovered a blogworthy story buried in the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pages of fashion ads. It represents a whole new idea in the world of direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising.

  • CVS Vs. Walgreen Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | 6:17 PM ET

    One of these stocks is worth buying on the next pullback.

  • When It Rains Risk, It Pours Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | 12:01 PM ET

    Within a 12-hour period five biopharma companies revealed negative drug news that is sending their stocks lower -- in the case of Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Cell Genesys, much lower. After the closing bell Tuesday, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer had an announcement to make...

  • Pfizer Vs. Johnson & Johnson Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 6:28 PM ET

    Cramer shows you how to value each stock so you know which is the better pick.

  • Drug Safety Updates For Elan, Biogen, Amylin & Lilly Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 11:23 AM ET
    Byetta Needle

    After the closing bell Monday, Eli Lilly and Amylin Pharmaceuticals announced that they're going to hold a conference call for analysts and investors about their diabetes drug Byetta. Why?

  • Stanford to Limit Drug Maker Financing Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 11:09 AM ET
    Green wedding

    Stanford University, concerned about the influence drug companies may have on medical education, is expected to announce Tuesday that it will severely restrict industry financing of doctors’ continuing education at its medical school, according to the New York Times.

  • AstraZeneca's Flu Campaign Season Begins Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 12:35 PM ET
    Flu Vaccination Button

    Talk about timely direct-to-consumer advertising. Last week ,I blogged about AstraZeneca's new ad campaign for FluMist and its tie-in with the back-to-school shopping season. Well, now the drugmaker is getting political.

  • Of Football, Pfizer and Pharma Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    As we head into my last free summer weekend before USC's football season kicks off, I wanted to clean out the Pharma's Market mailbox. (Actually I was looking for an apropos-of-nothing excuse to mention the Trojans.)

  • The Genentech Guessing Game Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 12:18 PM ET

    Shares of Genentech are taking another little breather after rising to around 99 bucks on speculation that a higher offer is coming from Roche. Analyst guestimates of the ultimate takeout price -- if, indeed there is one -- are generally above a hundred dollars a share.

  • Merck Drug Gets Mixed Review from Medical Journal Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 5:03 PM ET

    Two prominent articles in a major medical journal are examining the cost benefits and safety of an expensive, controversial vaccine for a sexually-transmitted disease and cancer.

  • Big Profits From Big Cap Stocks Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 4:35 PM ET

    Gerald Jordan, portfolio manager at Jordan Opportunity Fund said that investing in large cap stocks is the way to go.

  • ImClone's Sam Is Steppin' Out Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 12:02 PM ET
    Insider trader Sam Waksal, toting a bag from Smythson, a luxury leather shop.

    A photographer for the "New York Post" snapped this picture last night of a nattily dressed Sam Waksal returning to a halfway house in the Bronx after going on a little shopping trip.

  • Anatomy of The Amylin Drug Warning Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 6:00 PM ET

    It was my turn to man the CNBC Alerts Desk earlier today from 9am ET to 1 pm ET. I had finished blogging about the "Barron's bounce" Amylin Pharmaceuticals was getting, based on the speculative mention about it being a potential takeout target for Eli Lilly. Then, I look up at the screen and see AMLN is absolutely tanking...

  • U.S. Seeks Stronger Warnings For Amylin's Byetta Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 3:57 PM ET

    U.S. health regulators are seeking stronger warnings about the risk of pancreatitis after the deaths of two patients taking Amylin Pharmaceuticals' injectable diabetes drug Byetta, sending the company's shares down as much 16 percent.

  • AstraZeneca Gives FluMist A Shot In The Arm Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 2:33 PM ET
    Flumist Advertisement

    Ads for flu vaccines have traditionally been confined to PSAs, health and media alerts. So that's why I was surprised to see this colorful full-page ad in The New York Times this weekend for FluMist from AstraZeneca/MedImmune. Why..?

  • Former ImClone CEO Sam Waksal: He's Baaaack! Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 11:50 AM ET
    Sam Waksal, former CEO of ImClone Systems

    Late last week I blogged that ImClone Systems founder and former CEO Sam Waksal was, according to a source, going to get out of a federal prison in Michigan and move into a halfway house in the Bronx between August 7th and the 14th.