Latest Headlines

Latest Headlines

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.

Buzz: Novartis mulls selling its vaccine unit as swap deal with Merck stalls

Last week Novartis' vaccine unit posted yet another operating loss, extending its streak in the red to four years. Yet despite its well-known, long-term problems, suitors are reportedly circling the unit, with the potential of Bexsero and Menveo likely to be a factor attracting potential buyers.

The top 10 pharma companies in social media

Chatting with the public is not in pharma's comfort zone. Drugmakers are adept at the one-way communication known as direct-to-consumer advertising, and some of them deal well with the media....

EU pushes Bayer PAH drug Adempas further down the road

Germany-based Bayer got an added boost today for its lung disease drug Adempas when the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use recommended approval for the treatment of both chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary arterial hypertension.