Tag Archives: Novartis AG

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 »

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 »

Mallinckrodt will pay $100 million to settle drug antitrust (price-gouging) charges; why competition, not fines, is the only antidote

The News: Irish drugmaker Mallinckrodt PLC (Dublin) and a US subsidiary will pay $100 million and agree to other conditions to settle government antitrust allegations they unlawfully prevented competition for… Read more »

Drugs that may shape 2017 and the trends molding new-drug discovery

Here’s a look at the drugs that may shape 2017, compliments of FirstWord Pharma. It’s a list of some of the products I agree are likely to dominate industry news… 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 »

Healthcare stocks primed for comeback in 2017? Here are Steve’s top picks

The population of the world, and the US and developed nations in particular, is growing and getting older, while the costs of keeping people healthy and living longer are exploding…. Read more »

Novo Nordisk to cap price increases as drug costs face more scrutiny; do two drugmakers equal a trend?

With drug companies under fire over prices, the world’s largest insulin maker plans to limit increases and join competitors by introducing a model that ties the cost of medicines to… Read more »

Novartis slowly, quietly imploding; will Alcon, Amneal moves halt spiral?

Renewed whispers from Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG (Basel) that it could divest its struggling Alcon eyecare business reflect the latest step in dismantling former leader Dan Vasella’s vision of building… Read more »

Glaxo Settles Bribery Charges with SEC for $20 Million; Cozy Relation of Pharma with Docs a Thing of the Past?

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (London) will pay $20 million to settle civil charges that it masked bribes to foreign officials in China by disguising them as legitimate travel, entertainment and marketing expenses,… Read more »

GSK Surprises Many, Names Emma Walmsley New CEO; Opinion Divided on Witty Legacy

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (London) appointed Emma Walmsley, the head of its consumer business, to become its next CEO. She is the first woman to run a major pharmaceutical giant, according to Forbes…. Read more »