Pfizer posted higher profits for the second quarter. That's the good news. The not-so-good is that sales dropped by 9%, thanks to increased competition for the newly off-patent Lipitor. The increase in profits came on the back of cost cuts across the company, including big reductions in R&D.
AstraZeneca's second-quarter results continue the generics-are-woe trend in Big Pharma. This time, it's the antipsychotic drug Seroquel doing most of the damage.
Without emerging markets, Japan and consumer heatlhcare, GlaxoSmithKline's second quarter earnings announcement would just be a sea of negative numbers. Thanks to positives in those three areas, overall sales were down just 2%. Europe and U.S. on the other hand, are in a world of hurt.
Leave it to a patent expiration to trigger musical chairs at the top of pharma sales rankings. Plavix is now the biggest-selling drug in the U.S., after stealing the crown from Pfizer's newly off-patent Lipitor, PM Live reports.
Novartis is gaining in emerging markets. It's also seeing growth in newly launched products, including a few potential blockbusters. Both very good things--and sorely needed to offset a manufacturing shutdown and eroding sales of its top-selling drug.
Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez managed to impress the Wall Street crowd today with some solid numbers for the second quarter.
For the second quarter in a row, Johnson & Johnson posted a downward tick in revenues, hobbled by currency losses. Asset writedowns, legal-settlement set-asides, and acquisition costs dug into earnings.
AstraZeneca doesn't shy from a challenge. The drugmaker ($AZN) has launched a study comparing its clot-fighter Brilinta with the standard bloodthinner treatment Plavix, in patients with peripheral artery disease.
A federal appeals court pulled a pay-to-delay challenge out of mothballs, forcing Merck to fight claims that its Schering-Plough unit delayed generic versions of its potassium drug K-Dur. But Merck isn't the only drugmaker that should keep an eye on this case.
Analysts have put a pencil to the Par Pharmaceutical buyout, and they've concluded the company could bring a good bit more than $50 per share from a generics-industry bidder.