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  • Wishing, hoping, planning as AbbVie's hep C do-or-die moment nears

    As 2014 winds down, and Gilead Sciences keeps winding up hep C sales by the billion, AbbVie waits, vibrating with anticipation. Its three-drug cocktail is up for FDA approval any day now, and the Illinois-based company is ready to challenge Gilead for market share.

AstraZeneca snags EU approval for first-in-class cancer fighter Lynparza

AstraZeneca scored European approval for its ovarian cancer-treating drug Lynparza (olaparib), expanding its cancer portfolio at a time when the company is trying to show investors that it's better off independent.

Flush-with-cash Shire revisits deal for NPS Pharma

Armed with a $1.64 billion breakup fee from former merger partner AbbVie and a brand-new $2.1 billion revolving loan facility, Shire looks ready to strike a deal. Rumor says it's revisiting some of its old targets, including New Jersey's NPS Pharmaceuticals.

Indictment of 14 at NECC includes murder charges

A far-reaching indictment against 14 New England Compounding Center (NECC) owners and employees not only accuses them of peddling unsterile drugs that infected hundreds of patients with fungal meningitis, but also includes 25 murder charges against two lead pharmacists.

GlaxoSmithKline's shingles shot scores in 16,000-patient study

GlaxoSmithKline rolled out data from a hefty Phase III study showing that its shingles-fighting candidate cut the risk of that disease by 97.2% in adults aged 50 and older, compared with placebo.

Gilead chief racks up best-CEO laurels for Sovaldi-fueled 2014

After winning top reviews from the Harvard Business Review for his 2014 performance, Gilead Sciences CEO John Martin has picked up a "best CEO" nod from a Tuck School of Business prof. And the investing site Motley Fool puts him among the year's three "most exceptional" corporate chiefs.

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