Wednesday, November 3, 2010

That Which Teva "Earneth"; Merck (And Pfizer, A-Z And Bayer) "Loseth"(!). . .

Nothing shocking here: the generic versions of Cozaar® and Hyzaar® are making for a banner year at Teva, per The Motley Fool's Brian Orelli, this morning:

. . . .So far, Teva Pharmaceuticals seems to be doing everything right. The addition of German drugmaker Ratiopharm in the third quarter helped boost sales 20% over the year-ago quarter, but adjusted EPS increased a whopping 46% year over year.

Recent launches of new products -- generic versions of Pfizer's Effexor XR, AstraZeneca's Pulmicort Respules, Shire's Adderall XR, Merck's Hyzaar and Cozaar, and Bayer's Yaz -- helped increase the gross margins. . . .

There are now four FDA approved generic-versions of the two Merck drugs, in the US markets. Thus ends the branded franchise.

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