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Tiny drugmakers top list of most profitable, but Shire and Gilead are there, too

Who are the most profitable companies in healthcare? Drug companies, with 7 out of 10 slots on a ranking by profit margin. Who are the most profitable drug companies? You might scratch your heads at all but a couple of names.

Roche presses pause on PTC's SMA drug over a safety scare

Roche has suspended dosing in a Phase II trial of PTC Therapeutics' in-development spinal muscular atrophy trial, cautious of a potential safety problem stemming from a preclinical study.

From the pharma C-suite: Notable, quotable remarks on Asia, emerging markets for Q1

FiercePharmaAsia combs earnings calls by major drug companies for notable and quotable nuggets on emerging markets and Asia to track the latest sales trends and insight into business outlooks in markets as diverse as China, India and Japan to Southeast Asia.

Roche's $100M Alzheimer's study could shift the balance in R&D

Despite all the excitement over Biogen's recent Phase I success in Alzheimer's, the question of whether attacking protein buildups in the brain can in fact treat the disease remains the subject of intense debate in the neurology world. And Roche, at work on a $100 million trial, is out to find out once and for all.

Roche, Amgen, Novo top the ranks in biologics sales, with AbbVie, Sanofi close behind

The world's top sellers of the world's top biologic meds haven't changed much in the last few years. Ranked by 2014 sales, it's your usual suspects--Roche, Amgen, Novo Nordisk, AbbVie. But as PMLiVE notes in its annual ranking, times are a-changing.

Roche charges ahead with diagnostics R&D after sealing Foundation deal

Roche is not wasting any time after sealing its $1.2 billion deal for Foundation Medicine, charging full speed ahead with the companies' planned cancer R&D collaboration to generate growth in the coming year.

FDA, industry scrambling to clarify or design new regs covering lab-developed tests

Science is rapidly shaping the landscape of the diagnostics industry, from the research into genetics and new materials like graphene, to the regulatory science practiced at the FDA.

Biogen gives Roche 'renewed confidence' in its own failed Alzheimer's drugs

Biogen turned heads around the industry last month with early data in which its plaque-destroying Alzheimer's treatment had a significant effect on patients' cognition, bucking a vexing trend for such antibodies. Among those paying close attention was Roche, which is now re-examining a pair of once-failed treatments.

Roche bets $555M on an Indian biotech's immuno-oncology drug

Roche inked a deal worth up to $555 million to work with India's Curadev Pharma on cancer treatments that use the body's immune system to combat tumors, expanding its trove of assets in one of the industry's hottest fields.

Roche, Novartis to halt marketing for unreimbursed cancer drugs in Australia

Swiss drugmakers Roche and Novartis Oncology have told Australia to go fly a kite if it expects a company to market a cancer drug in the country without Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme coverage. The two companies announced their boycott intentions ahead of a Monday hearing by a panel of Australia's Senate.