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Puma doubles on FDA panel’s nod for breast-cancer drug; but Swiss giant’s challenger lurks

The News: Puma Biotechnology Inc.’s (Los Angeles) experimental breast cancer drug reduces the risk of disease recurrence and should be approved, an advisory committee to the US Food and Drug… Read more »

Merck’s Keytruda gets chemo-combo approval for lung cancer; science, stars align for multi-billion medicine

The News: Merck & Co. announced Wednesday (May 10, 2017) that the FDA awarded accelerated approval to Keytruda (pembrolizumab), in combination with Eli Lilly & Co.’s chemotherapy regimen Alimta (pemetrexed)… Read more »

Molina Healthcare sacks founder’s sons; but don’t bet on a takeout

The News: Molina Healthcare Inc. (Long Beach CA) has fired its two top executives, sons of the medium-sized health insurer’s founder, in a surprise shakeup prompted by its poor financial… Read more »

Zombie Trumpcare doesn’t make it to Congress again despite Republican insistence it outshines first train wreck

After an embarrassing failure in March, with President Donald Trump pushing fellow Republicans in the US Congress to try again to replace his predecessor’s healthcare reform, US House leaders decided… Read more »

Anthem defies Wall Street, rivals, with stellar 1Q results pegged to Obamacare business

The News: Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN), which has 1.1 million customers in individual Obamacare plans, said it was moving ahead with its 2018 insurance filings but had told state regulators… Read more »

Wall Street cheers as Axovant snags biotech star David Hung; failed Alzheimer’s drug not impressed

The News: Axovant Sciences Ltd. (Hamilton Bermuda) announced that former Medivation Inc. (San Francisco) chief executive and founder David Hung has been selected as its next CEO effective April 7, 2017 sending… Read more »

Reasons why Valeant/Ackman divorce better than staying in a bad marriage

Steve’s Take: [“Life is far too short to spend it immersed in an unhealthy relationship.”—Jeffrey M. Cohen, Esq., professional mediator.] This week (March 13, 2017), billionaire Bill Ackman exited one… 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 »

Icahn’s latest target, Bristol-Myers, may play hard-to-get; unless Pfizer comes a courting

The News: Activist investor Carl Icahn just announced his latest target: Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., reports the Wall Street Journal. Bristol-Myers has been the focus of several activist investors in recent… Read more »

Humana bails Obamacare exchanges; signals beginning of the end of private insurer involvement

The News: Humana Inc. (Louisville KY) said it will leave the commercial individual insurance business effective in 2018, including coverage offered on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, after being unable to… Read more »