Tag Archives: Seeking Alpha

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 »

Amgen’s osteoporosis med almost a home run in latest trial; fate now murky on heart safety






The News: Amgen Inc. (Thousand Oaks CA) and UCB SA (Brussels) no longer expect their experimental osteoporosis drug to win US approval this year after a higher rate of serious… Read more »

GlycoMimetics gets Breakthrough title; stock explodes but what’s next?






The News: GlycoMimetics Inc. (Rockville MD) soared Thursday (May 18, 2017), up 99% to $10.67. The unforeseen blastoff followed Tuesday (May 16, 2017) night’s announcement that the company’s clinical-stage acute… 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 »

Why Aeterna Zentaris got crushed, and is there any positive takeaway?






The News: Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (Nasdaq: AEZS) plunged 73% to $0.89 last week after announcing that the ZoptEC Phase 3 clinical study of Zoptrex (zoptarelin doxorubicin) in women with locally advanced,… 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 »

Healthcare stocks have rough week as TherapeuticsMD, NantHealth fall flat; but Neurocrine, Tocagen shine






TherapeuticsMD Inc.(NYSE: TXMD) led a large contingent of stocks performing faceplants among the healthcare ranks. The clinical-stage biotech company focused on women’s health, plummeted $2.19, or 28%, to $7.70 in… Read more »

Mylan’s EpiPen profitable despite recalls, lawsuits; stock price immune to ethics rants






Mylan NV (Amsterdam) is facing a new class-action lawsuit related to the price hikes of it EpiPen devices. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Tacoma, Washington on Monday… Read more »

After 15 years, unheralded French biotech eyeing big payday on cancer breakthrough; “buy” signal–solid






Hidden from view just across the French border from Geneva is a little-known (at least here in the US) biotech eyeing long-awaited FDA approval for a nuclear medicine targeting the… 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 »