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2014 New Drug Approvals Hit 18-Year High

2014 was a good year for pharmaceutical innovation – the best, in fact, since the industry’s all-time record of 1996. FDA approved a total of 44 drugs – 39 by CDER, and 5 by CBER (Exhibit 1). As usual, this total excludes imaging agents (i.e., Lumason and Neuraceq), and only includes the biological …

6 steps to the ultimate retirement portfolio

<b>Step Four: Add small-cap stocks</b><p>The standard pension fund's equity portfolio consists mostly of the stocks of the largest U.S. companies. Each of …

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Pfizer Partners With Young Little Known Biotech For Products With Huge Potential Value

Since its lows in mid-October, biotech stocks have sparkled, particularly the Big four – Amgen (AMGN), Biogen Idec (BIIB), Celgene (CELG), and Gilead (GILD) – which have demonstrated sustainable growth pathways. With the market’s renewed volatility in recent days, they have pulled back some, which …

Why it's about to get a lot harder to hide the results of medical studies

This is a very scary fact about modern medicine: if researchers don't like the results they get from clinical trials, they can simply hide them — and none of us, the people who use the various drugs and devices under testing, will ever know.<p>Results that might show a drug doesn't work or has serious …

Germany names 16 companies with drugs suspended over Indian data | Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany has named 16 generic drugmakers, including Stada and Dr. Reddy’s, that produce drugs affected by its suspension of marketing approval over concerns about clinical trials conducted by an Indian company.<p>File photo illustration of pills of all kinds, shapes and colours, …