It's the end of 2012, and that means it's time to take a look back at the year in retrospect. We'll be reading through the naughty and nice lists (we've already checked them twice), counting down the 25 best-performing stocks and the 25 worst-performing stocks in the health care sector this year.

In this segment, Motley Fool health care analysts Brenton Flynn and Max Macaluso take a look at No. 16 on the nice list, Santarus , and how this company left investors with more than a little something extra in their stockings this year.


Like Santarus, Merck has relied on a strong type 2 diabetes franchise in recent quarters. Merck is staring down a steep patent cliff, with generic competition facing its top-selling drug. Will Merck crumble under its own weight, or will it continue to pay dividends to investors for another century? To find out if this pharma giant has the stamina to keep its Bunsen burners alight, grab your copy of our brand new premium research report today. Our senior biotech analyst Brian Orelli, Ph.D., walks you through both the opportunities and threats facing Merck, and the report comes with a full 12 months of updates. Claim your copy now by clicking here.

The article The Best of 2012: Santarus originally appeared on Fool.com.

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