Biotech and Pharmaceuticals Pharmaceuticals

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Recently, there've been scattered media reports about some drugs polluting India's slum water in alarming concentrations, according to some experts. Separately, yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it's keeping India generic drugmaker Ranbaxy in the penalty box while it continues looking into whether the company fudged some data.

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    September 1996. I was in the middle of my nearly 10-year stint at WXYZ-TV in Detroit. And shares of Dow component Pfizer closed at $12.90. February 2009. This year will mark my ninth anniversary (man, time flies) at CNBC. And today PFE hit a new intra-day low of $12.90.

  • Despite the recession, Robert Doll, vice chairman of BlackRock, told CNBC’s investor audience that the health maintenance organizations (HMO) sector is “outperforming the market.”

  • Big pharma has to change the way it sells drugs. That's the conclusion of a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report about what the industry will look like in 2020, which calls the big pharma sales model "increasingly ineffective."

  • Pfizer

    This morning the world's biggest pharmaceutical firm announced that it's scrapping two more drugs that were in late-stage studies.

  • Ritz Carlton Naples

    At the risk of offending our gracious hosts here at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association's Silver Anniversary Meeting, I wanted to talk about the seemingly incongruous venue for the event.

  • Despite the ongoing recession, generic drug makers like Teva Pharmaceutical and Watson Pharmaceutical have been outperforming in the broader market. CEOs William Marth and Paul Bisaro both expect to see further growth.

  • Is there a pipeline from the C-suite of McDonald's to the ivory towers of biopharma? At least one "Pharma's Market" reader from overseas thinks so.

  • Lance Armstrong

    The "Amgen Tour of California" is getting a lot more publicity than usual because superstar cyclists Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis are trying to make comebacks in the race.

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    Yes, McDonald's has done away with "Super-Size" menu items, but I can still use the American lexicon for, hopefully, an attention-grabbing blog headline.

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    CardioNet caught my eye and attention when I got a research note from Rick Wise at Leerink Swann about BEAT beating the Street.

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    Attendance at the 4th Annual Stem Cell Summit is up, by about 50 percent, no less, over last year. All day long privately-held and publicly-traded companies are presenting to around 250 investors.

  • Correction: A story that appeared on Feb. 13 erroneously stated that CV Therapeutics agreed to a $1 billion takeover bid by pharmaceutical firm Astellas Pharma. There has been no agreement.

  • Friday the 13th. My lucky day for reaching into the Pharma's Market mailbag. Time for your Emails.

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    I thought the dust had pretty much settled on the Pfizer-Wyeth story. Then this morning two analysts coincidentally put out research notes on it.

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    What's $23 between friends, er, sparring business partners? The question brings back memories of my grandfather who was of the generation that would hold a grudge for years against a distant relative who still owed him a small amount of money.

  • Arthur Levinson

    I've been trying for years to get an interview with Genentech CEO Art Levinson. As far as I know, he's never done a TV chat. Every time I've asked the answer has come back no. I've gotten pretty good access to other execs, but never the top dog.

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    Shares of Swiss drugmaker Roche are trading significantly lower overseas and in over-the-counter activity here in the States after the company reported earnings.

  • FDA

    Right around the closing bell today an FDA advisory committee voted unanimously in favor of recommending approval of Eli Lilly's bloodthinner called Effient.

  • Gardasil

    Before Gardasil came to market two to three years ago, some analysts were saying it would become the biggest-selling vaccine in history. But hope and reality have turned out to be two different things.