Pharma M&A action so far this year has been intense--so intense that if it keeps up the pace it could match the uber years of 2008 and 2010, maybe even the record year of 2009.
On Thursday, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced that combination drugs containing hydrocodone will now be classified as Schedule II products, imposing on them the same restrictions that apply to pure hydrocodone, as well as oxycodone and morphine.
Eli Lilly has posted a superior therapeutic profile for its experimental late-stage psoriasis drug ixekizumab when compared with Pfizer's Enbrel in a head-to-head study.
Look under a pharma executive's bed, and you'll find monsters. What do those monsters look like, though? Accenture talked to C-suite executives at the world's biggest drugmakers and found that some of yesteryear's scary beings have moved on, leaving others to take front and center.
Lawsuits against the FDA don't normally get much traction. Luckily for Hospira ($HSP), it has one that did. A federal judge has suspended the agency's decision allowing drugmakers to market certain generic copies of Hospira's top product--but it won't recall the copies that are already out there.
Pfizer may not get a great shot at buying AstraZeneca this fall--but it's preparing to give it a try. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports, the U.S.-based drug giant is looking at Actavis, the generics maker with a new home address in Ireland, among other targets.
About an hour and a half west of Copenhagen is a little coastal town, Kalundborg, with 16,000 inhabitants, a famous five-steepled church and a castle dating back to at least the 14th century. It also happens to be the home of the plant that produces half of the world's insulin, the key component to most diabetes treatments.
GlaxoSmithKline has rolled out a slew of respiratory meds lately, looking for newcomers to take up the torch as Advair sales fade. After notching three approvals on the COPD side, now, the pharma giant has a brand new asthma treatment on its hands in Arnuity.
The second round of bidding for a portfolio of aging GlaxoSmithKline drugs is about to begin, and a bevy of big names is expected to participate. The product portfolio--which includes such drugs as Paxil for depression, the antimalarial Malarone, and the fish-oil based Lovaza--brings in about £1 billion ($1.7 billion) in annual sales.
Merck's America's Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals campaign is aimed at persuading patients to do what it takes to keep their blood sugar in check. Now, Merck is launching a similar campaign aimed at the Hispanic community, which is disproportionately affected by the disease.
No price war on hepatitis C drugs? That would be a disappointment to payers worried about the cost of treating millions of patients with super-expensive, yet highly effective drugs. But to investors, that reassurance sounds really good.
More than a couple of markets have been shaken up lately by new competition in oral form. And now, Sanofi's Genzyme is wondering if it can't make a splash of its own with Cerdelga, its newly approved pill for Gaucher disease.
New generic competition in the U.S. always makes a sales organization uneasy because layoffs usually follow. But Hospira's branded sales team faces a double whammy.
When surveyed about their outlook, pharma industry leaders said they felt plagued by uncertainty and beaten down by budget cuts. More than half worried they would receive pink slips by the end of this year. But some more optimistic execs predicted new investment in their departments, and many figured staffing levels will endure, at least for this year.
Celgene used a tried-and-true technique to persuade cost-effectiveness watchdogs to change their minds on Revlimid. The U.S.-based drugmaker capped its cost.
On Tuesday, Depomed announced that it won its patent lawsuit against Actavis, which wanted to market a generic version of Depomed's shingles pain drug Gralise. Depomed's shares surged more than 13% in after-hours trading to $14.94.
Allergan CEO David Pyott has hinted he might make a pickup to thwart Valeant's attempts to take over his company. And now that one-time target Shire is off the table after being snatched up by AbbVie, his sights may be set on Salix.
The sudden departure of a C-suite exec always raises eyebrows. When the company is a buyout target in the midst of a heated takeover battle, the questions really fly. But in the case of Allergan CFO Jeff Edwards, whose departure the company announced Monday, analysts say there's nothing to worry about.
Eli Lilly won't be able to sell its Lantus copycat--dubbed Basaglar--for at least 30 months because of a patent fight with Sanofi.
Merck's already won two bellwether suits over femur fractures suffered by Fosamax patients. But is that enough to get the remaining 500 or so cases tossed out?