Tag Archives: Merck & Co.

Brexit referendum slowing the European Medicines Agency’s operations to a crawl.

The News: The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently addressed its concerns for ensuring business continuity and staff retention which had become huge challenges caused by the Brexit referendum. The EMA… Read more »

Wondering why some of your Pharma shares keep going up? Thank Trump’s tax “reform;” no, really.

The News: The drug industry has taken heat from patient advocates and a US senator for handing out its tax savings to shareholders instead of using its windfall to help patients… Read more »

Healthcare stocks roar back after slump, while biotech IPOs continue stampede into pipeline.

The News: Rising healthcare stocks and fading qualms over an escalating Syrian conflict had Wall St. optimistic to start the week. Stocks had ended lower on Friday (April 13, 2018)… Read more »

Update: CDC data say docs still making billions from Pharma, med device companies; my personal take.

The News: It’s been a few years since the US government unveiled its Open Payments (OP) database, a collection of drug and device makers’ payments to healthcare providers. The data-collection… Read more »

Merck’s Keytruda aces another cancer trial as results dazzle researchers

The News: Hot on the heels of the final presentation at ASCO’s 4-day conference in Chicago, a small, new study is causing jaws to drop after it found that a… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »