Biotech and Pharmaceuticals Pharmaceuticals

  • Stocks tried to push higher Friday as the dollar's retreat helped the market but investors remained worried about the recovery in the wake of some disappointing economic reports.

  • Stocks opened lower Friday after disappointing reports on jobs and manufacturing.

  • Stock index futures plunged as September nonfarm payroll declines were far worse than Wall Street estimates.

  • Shares of generic drugmaker Mylan dropped for the third straight session yesterday but drew heavy upside options activity.

  • New York Public Information Campaign Warns of Swine Flu

    The number-one H1N1 flu concern among U.S. businesses is the availability of a vaccine for employees, according to a new survey by the Business Roundtable.

  • Sequenom

    It's the equivalent of slipping a press release with negative news under the door at the close of business on a Friday. But after the closing bell on Yom Kippur, when many people including me were trying to give up food and tweeting for a day, Sequenom tossed a grenade.

  • Plus, get calls on Research in Motion, Abbott Labs, gold and more.

  • 2,226 percent. That is the astronomical increase in shares of baby biopharma Vanda so far this year. And it's the prime historical example of "Biotech Takeouts and Breakouts" Bernstein's Geoffrey Porges uses in a sequel research note to clients he put out today.

  • Twitter

    The drug biz is abuzz over social media. It's the new frontier. For a lot of PR and corporate communications teams it's all about new media and social media. Some biopharmas, big and small, now have directors of social media. Most are still trying to find their way, but the Food and Drug Administration may soon direct them.

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    It's my turn. As fate would have it, on the day of Dendreon's first analyst/investor meeting in years, I have to report for jury duty this Thursday in Newark, NJ. But apparently it wouldn't have mattered if I were available anyway or wanted to send a surrogate.

  • When it rains, it pours. I mean, what a crazy Monday for deals and data in biopharma.

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    Iin light of evidence that some drug makers have gone to great lengths to turn scientific articles into marketing vehicles for their products, some influential medical editors are cracking down on industry-financed ghostwriting. And they are getting help from some members of Congress.

  • There! I resisted writing a blog headline that attempts some tired play on words with the Arena Pharmaceuticals' clinical trial acronyms BLOSSOM and BLOOM.

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    Today is the 16th annual "Newsmakers in Biotech" event put on by Thomson Reuters and BioCentury.

  • Tomorrow I'll be hanging out at the BioCentury/Thomson Reuters "Newsmakers in the Biotech Industry" conference in NYC, so I won't be able to monitor the webcast of an FDA panel meeting for a most intriguing drug.

  • Patrick Swayze

    Patrick Swayze is sadly a statistic. He is one of an estimated 35,000 people in the United States who will die from pancreatic cancer this year. Several companies are working on drugs for the disease, but the path is littered with failures.

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    Surely, Eli Lilly didn't throw it's restructuring plan together in a couple of weeks, but it was just the end of last month when Leerink Swann analyst Seamus Fernandez said LLY needed to cut costs and/or do a big deal. So, kudos to him for getting out ahead of it.

  • Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters

    Usually when a company announces an executive departure the news comes out in a press release with a header along the lines of , "So-and-so to retire, search begins for successor," or, "XYZ Corp. CEO resigns, interim CEO appointed," etc.

  • Barack Obama

    After a summer of setbacks, President Barack Obama summoned Congress to enact sweeping health care legislation, declaring the "time for bickering is over" and the moment has arrived to help millions who have insurance and many more without it.

  • Qnexa

    Some analysts had been telling clients recently that they thought Vivus' diet drug Qnexa could take the lead in the three-contestant race to get the next prescription diet pill on the market. But they didn't think it would take such a commanding lead.