NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 04/30/12 -- The Pharmaceutical Industry currently finds itself in a major dilemma as revenues are expected to be slashed as a result of expiring patents. New products that are being introduced are not expected to generate the same level of revenues of the products that have lost patent protection. The Obama administration is currently analyzing a proposal in which the exclusivity period for biologics would be cut down by 5 years. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Drug Manufacturers - Major Industry and provides equity research on Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) and Bristol Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE: BMY).
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Mergers & Acquisitions are expected to pick up in 2012 as companies to look to make up for loss revenues. M&A allow companies to acquire products that are already proven in the market place without the hassle and costs associated with research and development. "Many of the pharmaceutical companies started producing everything in-house out of their own R&D organizations and over time they've failed to produce enough that way. So the industry is now coalescing around a 50-50 model of half on your own and half bought in. There are some things we'll do for ourselves but we need to be constantly on the lookout for new technologies," said Angus Russell, Chief Executive of Shire PLC.
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Merck's worldwide sales of SINGULAIR (montelukast sodium), a once-a-day oral medicine for the chronic treatment of asthma and the relief of symptoms of allergic rhinitis, grew 1 percent from the first quarter of 2011 to $1.3 billion. The U.S. patent for SINGULAIR will expire in Aug. 2012, and the company expects a significant decline in sales thereafter.
Bristol-Myers Squibb posted first quarter 2012 net sales of $5.3 billion, an increase of 5% compared to the same period a year ago. The company is bracing themselves for a sharp decline in sales of their top selling drug Plavix, as the patent expires in May.
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