Pfizer, a deal-minded drugmaker sitting on billions in cash, is more interested in acquiring near-market assets than investing in long-term projects, counting on a blockbuster oncology collaboration to keep its early-stage pipeline afloat.
Three of the world's largest drugmakers dialed up their R&D budgets in 2014, as Novartis, Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb spent big on costly late-stage programs with hopes of delivering blockbuster new treatments in the coming year.
Pfizer is forecasting 2015 earnings that ring in below the Street's expectations. But there could be some light at the end of the tunnel for Pfizer, as it posted promising performances for its cancer drugs and vaccine franchise.
Pfizer, which spent much of last year trying to acquire U.K. giant AstraZeneca, is now sitting on about $33 billion in cash, and the company's deal pedigree has analysts dreaming of major M&A down the line.
Two burning questions about Pfizer since the company backed off its ill-fated offer for AstraZeneca last May: Will the U.S.-based drug giant make another swoop at AstraZeneca? If not, who will Pfizer try to buy?
The European Medicines Agency accepted Pfizer's application to expand its label for blockbuster vaccine Prevenar 13 back in August, and so far, an advisory committee likes what it sees.
The cost of vaccinating a child in the world's poorest countries is much higher than it was in 2001--68 times higher, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres. The international charity has a problem with that, and it's asking pneumococcal disease vaccine makers Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline to fix it.
Days after unveiling a $60 million deal with Genentech, personal genomics pioneer 23andMe struck a new database-driven collaboration with Pfizer. There is even talk of a possible resolution with the FDA in 2015.
Pfizer is well behind its rival titans in the race to cash in on a new class of cancer treatments. But instead of playing catch-up in skin cancer, the industry first immuno-oncology target, the drugmaker is skipping ahead to the next wave of malignancies.
Pfizer has written doctors in the U.K. warning them not to prescribe Lyrica knockoffs to treat neuropathic pain. Seems the company still has a live patent covering Lyrica's use against that type of nerve pain.