Tag Archives: FiercePharma

What’s wrong with Novartis? Actually nothing.

The News: Novartis AG (Basel CHE) has been the subject of widespread and lingering chatter to the effect that its stature among the Big Pharma league players has diminished, and… Read more »

Biogen spinoff Bioverativ buys Bristol-Myers’ iPierian spinout True North for $825 million; deal shows how to get several bites at the same assets

The News: Bioverativ Inc. (Waltham MA) announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire True North Therapeutics Inc. (South San Francisco) for up to $825 million, including an… Read more »

Glaxo dodges another Advair punch as second generic attempt crashes; Big Pharma’s plight highlights new world order for competition and innovation

The News: GlaxoSmithKline PLC is likely to escape generic competition to its blockbuster lung drug Advair in the US this year, after a second application for a cut-price equivalent form… Read more »

Pfizer’s mixed 1Q results spur M&A hopes; is Bristol-Myers a “done deal”?

The News: Pfizer Inc. said Tuesday (May 2, 2017) that first-quarter sales declined 2% year-over-year to $12.8 billion, missing analyst estimates of $13.1 billion, with the company highlighting one less… Read more »

OncoMed rocked by combo punch as cancer trial bombs and Bayer walks; CEO not about to raise white flag

The News: OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Redwood City CA) began the week with a combination punch that some say spells a knockout in the near future. In back-to-back statements, OncoMed revealed… Read more »

Indy’s Eli Lilly making noise with cancer push; Brickyard neighbor revving its drug-discovery engine

I’ve been to the headquarters of Eli Lilly & Co.–about 15 minutes (or about 5 miles) from the “Brickyard” where the Indianapolis 500 is run each year. The racing is… 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 »

Valeant CEO tries to paint happy face on 4Q results; markets not buying the turnaround–yet?

The News: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s (Laval Quebec) fourth-quarter loss widened to $515 million versus $385 million in the same period of 2015, as sales plummeted 13% year-over-year to $2.4… Read more »

Teva reports 4Q earnings surprise; but 2017 guidance seen “through a glass darkly.”

The News: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Petach Tikva ISR) reported Monday (February 13, 2017) that fourth-quarter sales surged 33% year-over-year to $6.5 billion, topping analysts’ estimates of $6.3 billion. The company… Read more »

Gilead’s slog downward accelerates; CEO’s growth reassurances need action–now

The News: Gilead Sciences Inc. (Foster City CA) on Tuesday (February 7, 2017) said that it anticipates full-year revenue for 2017 to be in the range of $22.5 billion to… Read more »