Tag Archives: AbbVie Inc.

FDA chief Gottlieb makes good on promise to increase drug price competition; will expedite review of generics

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday (June 27, 2017) moved to try to spur more competition in the market for generic drugs, an effort aimed at driving down prices. In… Read more »

Abbvie’s biosimilar fight over Humira patent highlights differences between EU and US regulatory mindsets

The News: Coherus BioSciences Inc. (Redwood City CA) last week announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office ruled in the company’s… Read more »

After Trump’s charge of “getting away with murder,” J&J, other Pharmas scramble to tout price restraints; but who’s kidding whom?

Steve’s Take: I thought the pharma business, like any other, was built on the bedrock precept of: charge what the market will bear, until you’re forced to pull back the… Read more »

Biotech predictions for 2017 return to positive fundamentals; 2016 meltdown still in rear-view mirror

The NASDAQ Biotech Index got hammered in 2016–-but mostly due to the market melting in January 2016. The Nasdaq Biotech Index collapsed 28% in the opening weeks of 2016 and… Read more »

Gilead starts 2017 by snatching Novartis cancer specialist; a harbinger of early (and ferocious) M&A?

Gilead Sciences Inc. (Foster City CA) has poached a top cancer specialist from Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG (Basel) as the US healthcare group sharpens its focus on oncology. Alessandro Riva… Read more »

Gilead loses record $2.5 billion patent verdict to Merck; so what’s a couple billion when you’ve got plenty more and need to grow–fast?

Gilead Sciences Inc. (Foster City CA) was told by a federal jury to pay $2.54 billion to Merck & Co. (Kenilworth NJ) for using a patented invention as the basis for its… Read more »

Johnson & Johnson Tumbles as Pfizer Set to Launch Remicade Biosimilar; Solid 3rd Quarter Doesn’t Quell Market’s Overreaction

Thriving pharmaceutical sales drove stellar quarterly results for Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick NJ), but the company’s shares fell 3% so far this week on worries that its smash hit,… Read more »

FDA Panel Supports Novartis Version of Amgen Arthritis Drug

By unanimous FDA panel vote, Novartis AG’s (Basel CHE) Enbrel (etanercept) biosimilar was approved across all of its U.S. licenses. The panel, which gives nonbinding advice to the agency, voted… Read more »

AbbVie Agrees to Buy Stemcentrx, Reports Jump in Earnings

U.S. biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie Inc. (North Chicago) on Thursday said it will acquire cancer biotech company Stemcentrx Inc. (South San Francisco) in a roughly $5.8 billion cash and stock deal that would expand… Read more »

Abbott to Acquire St. Jude Medical for $25 Billion

A rash of deals on Thursday showed that healthcare companies are convinced, regardless of tax benefits, that bigger is not only better, it is essential. The more than $40 billion… Read more »