pharmaceuticals

Drug Shortages: A Deadly Problem With No Cure in Sight

If gasoline or jobs or milk were in short supply, we'd all know about it. But unknown to most Americans, the country is now in the grips of a life-threatening drug shortage. Medical professionals are quite aware of it, however, and they're deeply concerned.

Which Sector Lost the Most Jobs in 2010? Pharma

If you don't count the U.S. government and nonprofits, the pharmaceutical industry had the most job cuts last year. Mergers, acquisitions and major restructurings made pharma a much smaller and leaner sector -- will those changes now play in its favor?

Genzyme Talks Up Possible Sales of Its New MS Drug

Biotechnology company Genzyme is holding an analyst and investor meeting Monday focused on the commercial potential of its multiple sclerosis drug Campath as it tries to convince Sanofi-Aventis that it's worth more than the Paris-based pharmaceutical giant has been offering.

Pharmaceuticals Reveal Latest on Blood Disease Drugs

At the 52nd annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, which wraps up Tuesday, Novartis, Celgene and Seattle Genetics revealed the latest news from their studies on blood diseases and cancers. But despite some positive results, all three had down days in the stock market.

Tiny Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Is Getting Plenty of Attention

What's Spectrum's particular allure? Beyond being the subject of takeover rumor, it has two oncology drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration that are already on the market, plus two other promising drugs that are in late-stage clinical trials.

Can GE and J&J Help Detect Alzheimer's Earlier?

Medical imaging and diagnostics powerhouse GE Healthcare teams up with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to research methods of detecting Alzheimer's in patients -- even before they begin to exhibit symptoms of the devastating disease.

The New-Drug Pipeline: U.S. Biotechs Lead the Way

The U.S. leads the world in creating new drugs, and big pharmaceutical companies companies play an important role in the process. But according to a new study, a unique system of collaboration between universities and small biotech firms is the key to the system.

Pharma News Briefs: Human Genome, Merck, Novartis

Here's a roundup of some of Wednesday's major pharmaceutical news: An FDA panel gave Human Genome Sciences a boost with a thumbs-up for its lupus drug, Benlysta; Merck's experimental heart drug appears to work well without side effects; and Novartis announced its plans for long-term growth.

How to Approve 'Biosimilar' Drugs? The FDA Has to Figure That Out

Unlike generics, which are the exact chemical copies of a brand-name drug, biosimilars have large and often complex proteins that are made in living cells, and tiny differences can play havoc with the product. It may take years for the FDA to create an approval process.

Growing Interest
in Achillion's Hepatitis Drugs

At a liver disease conference in Boston, one of the highlights is expected to be reports from Achillion about its novel hepatitis C treatments, especially ACH-1625. The buzz is growing stronger that the little biotech is attracting the attention of some players in Big Pharma.

Russia Investigates Alleged Spam Kingpin

Russia%u2019s police may have cut down the amount of spam in your inbox by opening an investigation of an alleged spam kingpin. Russian officials began the investigation of Igor A. Gusev Tuesday, The New York Times reported. Officials said Gusev likely fled the country.

DuPont Earnings Drop, but Raises Outlook

DuPont (DD) reported third-quarter earnings of 40 cents per share, down from 45 cents per share a year earlier. Sales grew 17% from a year earlier to $7 billion, the company said in a statement. Sales grew 22% in emerging markets.

A New Antidepressant Maker Has Lots of Folks Excited

Tiny, little-known biotech Clinical Data has developed a potential blockbuster drug called Vilazodone. If OK'd, it would be the first new depression treatment in 15 years. Its potential is so huge that several Big Pharmas are said to looking to buy the startup.

Biotechs and Big Pharma Squabble in Sweden

At a recent life-sciences conference in Stockholm, execs of several U.S. and foreign biotechs clashed with Big Pharma in a lively debate on the merits of their respective goals and products. The result, however, was a stand-off.

Sanofi Denies Offering $69-$80 Price Range to Genzyme

There's a new plot twist in the takeover battle between French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis and U.S. drugmaker Genzyme. A regulatory filing made by Genzyme on Thursday claims Sanofi may be willing to go much higher than its current $69 bid -- a claim the French company disputes.

World Drug Sales to Hit $880 Billion in 2011

Global pharmaceutical sales are expected to grow by 5% to 7% in 2011 to around $880 billion, thanks to robust growth in emerging markets, especially China, as well as new innovative treatments, and despite patent expirations and budget pressures in the developed world.