November 2, 2011

It's official. Pfizer will be exploring a potential switch of its blockbuster lipid-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium).

November 1, 2011

Pfizer soon may lose its distinction of having the highest global sales of any drug company, according to life sciences industry analysis firm EvaluatePharma.

October 31, 2011

A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary has sent a regulatory application to the Food and Drug Administration seeking approval for one of its drugs in treating diabetes-related pain.

October 31, 2011

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday to address the growing problem of drug shortages.

October 31, 2011

Select Walgreens across the country will offer free blood-glucose testing during National Diabetes Month this November, Walgreens announced Monday.

October 28, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a supplemental new drug application related to a drug made by Abbott, the company said.

October 28, 2011

Icagen officially is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer.

October 27, 2011

Drug makers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Gilead Sciences announced an agreement to develop and commercialize a fixed-dose combination treatment for patients with HIV.

October 27, 2011

An experimental vaccine for hepatitis B made by Dynavax Technologies appears to work better in patients with diabetes than current treatments, the company said.

October 25, 2011

An advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all boys ages 11 and 12 years old get vaccinated against human papillomavirus, the CDC said Tuesday.

October 25, 2011

Eli Lilly is withdrawing one of its drugs from the market after clinical trials showed it to be ineffective.

October 24, 2011

A drug made by Coria Labs for treating acne now is available in a convenient, ready-to-use pump, the drug maker said Monday.

October 24, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating a severe form of epilepsy, the agency said Monday.

October 24, 2011

More than three-quarters of patients with multiple sclerosis using a drug made by Sanofi subsidiary Genzyme did not experience disease relapse for two years, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial revealed over the weekend.

October 21, 2011

More than 1-in-10 Americans ages 12 years and older take antidepressants, and the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages increased 400% between 1988 and 2008, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

October 21, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new formulation of a testosterone therapy made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, the drug maker said Friday.

October 21, 2011

Two senators are trying to get the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to take up a bill that would ban so-called "pay-for-delay" patent settlements between brand and generic drug companies, according to published reports.

October 21, 2011

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, released data from a new study examining the ability of its Fluzone High-Dose vaccine to provoke an immune response in elderly and younger adults, compared with a standard dose of Fluzone vaccine.

October 21, 2011

Walgreens and Novo Nordisk are working with Sharps Compliance to offer Sharps' Complete Needle Collection & Disposal System for customers who use injectable drugs.

October 20, 2011

Former Bristol-Myers Squibb executive Anthony Hooper has joined Amgen as EVP global commercial operations.

October 20, 2011

Bristol-Myers Squibb announced changes to its senior management team, including the appointment of its U.S. pharmaceuticals president.

October 20, 2011

A diabetes drug made by Eli Lilly and Amylin Pharmaceuticals has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for use with an insulin product made by Sanofi.

October 20, 2011

On average, 20,000 children under the age of 5 years are hospitalized due to flu symptoms each year, the Loyola University Health System announced Thursday in a press release encouraging parents to have their children inoculated.

October 20, 2011

The Senate voted 55-45 Thursday to scrap an appropriations bill amendment that would have allowed personal importation of prescription drugs.