Sales of Teva's multiple sclerosis drug, Copaxone, are still growing--at least for now. The Israeli company's top-seller, whose patent is currently the subject of a Supreme Court appeal, ticked up 5% to reach $1.1 billion in Q3 sales.
Bayer is already coasting along sales-wise, with some powerhouse new drugs helping it beat analysts' third-quarter forecasts. And those sales will only keep on growing, the company said Thursday as it raised its revenue and profit forecasts.
Deal-hungry Perrigo is looking for more seats at the over-the-counter table, and the drugmaker may soon get its wish. The company has entered exclusive talks to acquire Belgian OTC maker Omega Pharma, inching past big-name competitors like Sanofi, Actavis and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Novo Nordisk has made diabetes-minded investors very happy today. Rather than following Sanofi's discouraging announcement of flat sales expectations in the field next year, the Danish drugmaker said it's expecting growth in the high single digits.
For the now-former chief of Sanofi, Chris Viehbacher, there's plenty of money for a cushion, but it won't be nearly as plump as the packages granted to his counterparts in the U.S.
Bernstein analyst Tim Anderson figures Sanofi would do well to look outside the company for its new CEO, like AstraZeneca did with its new-ish chief, Pascal Soriot. Well, Sanofi had a more literal view: The French drugmaker has contacted Soriot himself.
When Sanofi announced that its franchise would suffer next year because of U.S. payer contracts, the natural follow-up question was this: Does this mean a diabetes pricing war? If Sanofi had to boost its rebates to win coverage--which the company admits it did--then that means its rivals, including Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk, have, too.
Targeting different markets naturally requires using different marketing strategies. But for Novartis, which is aiming to become a major respiratory player, its approaches within and outside the U.S. could end up being worlds apart.
Pfizer CEO Ian Read makes no apologies for his interest in working a deal to move his tax home overseas. Despite the U.S. government's attempt to discourage tax inversions--like the one Pfizer would have achieved by buying AstraZeneca--Read says he's not deterred.
Multinational pharma companies have been targeting China for years with an eye on its aging population, expanding middle class and growing incidence of chronic maladies like diabetes. So how are Germany's leading pharmas, Bayer and Merck KGaA, carving out an edge for themselves? Reputation, tech-sharing and cold, hard cash.
Ranbaxy Laboratories in June finally managed to finesse its regulatory problems enough to get a generic of Novartis' Diovan to market, boosting its own fortunes while depriving the Swiss drugmaker of the extra revenues it enjoyed for nearly two years. Next up is a generic of AstraZeneca blockbuster Nexium. The question remains when.
Gilead Sciences is charting eye-popping sales for blockbuster Sovaldi and chalking up a key regulatory approval for its new hep C combo pill, Harvoni. But the company's third-quarter earnings fell short of analysts' estimates in light of a hefty Obamacare fee and lower-than-expected revenue for its top-selling hep C drug.
CEO Chris Viehbacher's future may not have been on the Sanofi board's agenda Monday. But it was on Wednesday. The directors issued a statement after an 8 a.m. meeting, the gist of which is this: At Sanofi, he has none.
Anyone following the hepatitis C drug market knows that Express Scripts CMO Steve Miller has a strong point of view.
Valeant's hostile bid for Allergan may soon be on the rise. But after posting strong Q3 results earlier this week, some analysts say Allergan's value is, too.
Novartis' third-quarter profit may have gotten a large boost from the sale of its Idenix stake to Merck this summer, with cost cuts kicking in, too. But when it comes to top-line results that topped analysts' forecasts, the company has its own hot sellers to thank.
Pfizer is popping the confetti on earnings that beat analysts' expectations, bolstered by sales of cancer drugs and growth in emerging markets. But as for that much-talked about deal with AstraZeneca? No word for now.
That scary $9 billion damages award a Louisiana jury slapped on Takeda and Eli Lilly earlier this year? A U.S. district judge slashed the bill by more than 99%, saying the new amount is the biggest award allowed under current law.
For another clue to the unrest on Sanofi's board, take a look at the third-quarter earnings report. There's not much red ink on the page, that's true: Sales are up 4%. Earnings up 8%. CEO Chris Viehbacher's growth platforms surged by 10%. The trouble lies in Viehbacher's canned quote.