Tag Archives: FiercePharma

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 »

Express Scripts says prescription drug spending slowed in 2016; but compared to what, a speeding train?

The News: According to a recent report released by Express Scripts Holding Co. (St. Louis MO), the average list price of the most commonly used branded drugs in the US… Read more »

Trump and pharma execs make nice; what, Sen. Sanders too?

The News: Last week (January 30, 2017), President Trump promised some of the nation’s top drug-company executives in a meeting at the White House that he would shrink Food and… Read more »

Teva’s CEO Vigodman history; sudden departure calls for fearless successor

The News: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Petach Tikva ISR) suddenly found itself without a permanent CEO on Tuesday (February 7, 2017) after Erez Vigodman stepped down, leaving new management to… Read more »

Pfizer stumbles to 4Q profit after rough year for Prevnar; what happened to industry leadership role?

News: Pfizer Inc.’s (New York City) key pneumococcal vaccine, Prevnar, whose sales soared through 2015, stumbled in fourth-quarter results (pdf) released last week. The blockbuster inoculation fell significantly short of Street… Read more »

Teva loses four patents on Copaxone; alright, what’s the good news?

The News: A US court invalidated four patents covering Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s (Petach Tikva ISR) three-times weekly version of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) based on obviousness, following a challenge by… Read more »

Novartis repeats possible spinoff for Alcon eyecare unit; the best laid plans gone awry?

The News: Novartis AG (Basel CHE), which spent several years and more than $50 billion acquiring the Alcon eye-care company, signaled it’s ready to give up on most of the… Read more »