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The top 10 med tech M&A deals of 2013

Forget organic growth. In 2013, some of the biggest moves into new or expanded markets in the med tech world came through serious M&A activity. The top deals announced or closed in 2013 created...

The top 10 pharma companies by 2013 revenue

The earnings reports for the biggest of Big Pharma are all in. Bayer reported last week, making it possible to see how they stacked up as they came into the new year. There are no big surprises....

Aiming for big growth in top 5 meds, Bayer will stake an extra $600M on marketing, R&D

Bayer knows what a good launch can do; with blood thinner Xarelto and eye drug Eylea, it's had a couple of the recent best. Thanks to that pair of hot-selling meds, the German pharma raised the sales forecast for its new products by €2 billion late last week--and it's raising its marketing budget along with it.

Pradaxa, Xarelto makers dispute purported Eliquis safety edge

Is Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb's Eliquis really safer than its competitors? A recent analysis of FDA adverse events reports suggested that it is.

New drugs in hand, Bayer's pharma sales leap ahead

Blood thinner Xarelto and eye med Eylea pack a pretty good one-two-punch. Those new drugs helped Bayer's pharma sales climb 9.4% in 2013, and they're not stopping: They'll ultimately lead a group of 5 recently launched products to sales of €7.5 billion ($10.3 billion) or more, CEO Marijn Dekkers said Friday.

Bayer plans to ratchet up its R&D spend and chase down some deals

A rejuvenated R&D shop has given Bayer a spate of potential blockbusters, and CEO Marijn Dekkers wants to see more where that came from. The German drugmaker is planning to substantially increase its research budget over the next three years and set aside a boatload of cash for M&A.

Bayer expands production in China by bagging Dihon

Bayer is joining the growing number of drugmakers expanding production capacity in China but in Bayer's case, it is doing it with an acquisition. The German drugmaker is buying one of the top makers of over-the-counter drugs and herbal medicines in the country and getting a number of plants in the process.

Bayer's OTC growth march continues with pickup of China's Dihon

Bayer already has a big footprint in China, where it's been selling drugs since the 1930s. But that footprint is about to get a bit bigger. The company is set to buy out China's Dihon Pharmaceutical Group, a company that specializes in OTC drugs--making it just the kind of pickup the German drugmaker's been scouting for.

Bayer cites success in hemophilia study, but may still trail Biogen Idec

Bayer has posted a fresh set of positive data on its hemophilia therapy BAY94-9027. But with a timeline that doesn't anticipate a regulatory filing until next year, at least one prominent analyst says that Biogen Idec still commands a lead in their race to the market.

UPDATED: FDA panel says Aleve should keep its heart-risk warning

Bayer's painkiller Aleve carries the same heart-risk warning as other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDs, like Motrin and Advil. And as far as an FDA review panel of experts is concerned, it should continue to.