Tag Archives: Fortune

McConnell changes tune on healthcare bill, hints at need for Dems’ input; share the pain maneuver?

The News: Some political policy wonks believe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a risk by calling for a bipartisan healthcare plan if the Republican-only bill fails. While his… Read more »

ASCO, aka The Oncology Super Bowl for Biotechs, sends stocks in every direction

Steve’s Take: As another jam-packed annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago wrapped up on Tuesday (June 6, 2017), with some 38,000 oncologists gathering together at… Read more »

Rather than imploding per Pres. Trump, Obamacare actually stabilizing per S&P report; who to believe

The News: The Obamacare markets are stabilizing for insurers, said a report released by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (NYC), but that could change if lawmakers choose to alter… Read more »

FTC opens antitrust investigation of Mylan’s EpiPen dominance; isn’t it high time we live up to Churchill’s rejoinder?

The News: Mylan on Monday (January 30, 2017) acknowledged that the US Federal Trade Commission asked the company “months ago” to provide information about the allergy therapy EpiPen (epinephrine) as… Read more »

Walgreens cuts offer for Rite Aid, casting doubt on merger; analysts say deal still alive

The News: Walgreens Boots Alliance (Deerfield IL) on Monday (January 30, 2017) entered into a new agreement with Rite Aid (Camp Hill PA) to buy the drugstore chain for at least $2 less per share… Read more »

J&J finally captures Actelion for $30 billion; deal looks good for both unless “what ifs” bite pharma giant’s shareholders

The News: It took months but Swiss biotech Actelion Ltd. (Allschwil) said on Thursday (January 26, 2017) it had agreed to be purchased by Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick NJ) in a… Read more »

Allergan wraps up 2016 M&A with LifeCell buy for $2.9 billion; analysts lavish kudos all around

Dublin-based Allergan said on December 19, 2016 it would buy LifeCell, a regenerative medicine unit owned by privately held Acelity LP (San Antonio TX), for $2.9 billion in cash, bringing… Read more »

20 States accuse Mylan, Teva, others of price fixing; what a banner week for the legal profession

Peggy_Marco / PixabayOne day after federal prosecutors unsealed a criminal indictment against the former CEO of Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Eatontown NJ), 20 state attorneys general filed an antitrust lawsuit against… Read more »

US Senate joins House to pass sweeping new health bill; could be the last bi-partisan act of Congress for quite a while

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday (December 7, 2016) to support sweeping legislation that will reshape the way the Food and Drug Administration approves new medicines. It will also… Read more »

Arrowhead Pharma obliterated after ditching Hep B candidate; oh, that’s right, biotechs are risky

Shares of Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Pasadena CA) cratered 69% to $1.44 last week (November 28 to December 2, 2016) after the company said it would stop developing all drugs being… Read more »