Sanofi Rationalizes Its Vaccine Portfolio

Early in July, Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) announced an acquisition and a divestment, both affecting its vaccine business. In a recent annual filing, Sanofi labelled its vaccine unit as an area of priority to sustain its leadership role. To that end, the company has expanded its influenza vaccine portfolio and shed its small pox vaccine business, including […]

MCOs Make Deals to Combat High Drug Costs

Drug companies and managed care organizations are working to keep prices from rising precipitously. Then there’s Pfizer.

Big Pharma Pays Big for Biotech Pipelines

The pharmaceutical industry has largely given up on in-house research and development, saying that the R&D timeline is too costly, long and uncertain to fund with shareholders’ money. The industry has gone from bolt-on acquisitions of smaller companies with marketed products to battling it out for clinical-stage drug candidates. What’s surprised some industry observers is […]

Pfizer Buys Medivation and More

Forget those early- to mid-stage clinical candidates. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) jumped the line with its $13.5 billion deal for oncology drug maker Medivation Inc. (NASDAQ: MDVN). The target’s primary product is XTANDI® (enzalutamide), an androgen receptor inhibitor, the leading novel hormone therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer. Pfizer will pay $81.50 per share in […]

Pharma M&A Is all about Options

The days of mega-mergers in the pharmaceutical sector aren’t necessarily over, but those deals will be fewer and farther between, going forward. Nearly 60 deals have been announced in 2016 through the middle of May, and just 17 have an entire company as the target. The largest, so far, is Shire‘s (NASDAQ: SHPG) $32 billion […]

AbbVie Gets Ahead of the Bad News Curve

On March 11, Sanofi (NYSE: SNY)  and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) announced that an experimental rheumatoid arthritis therapy (salrilumab) helped patients more than AbbVie Inc.’s (NYSE: ABBV) Humira in a late-stage trial. But AbbVie already had a new deal in place, a collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim, that was announced on March 7. Under terms of the agreement, AbbVie […]