Monday, May 12, 2008

While You Were Nice to Your Mother

Happy belated Mother's Day to all you moms out there. To help celebrate a day late, here are some tidbits of (completely stereotypical) motherly advice tied to a few industry happenings over the weekend.

  • The squeaky hip gets the grease. Sunday's New York Times carries an article about artificial hips and the sometimes unwanted squeaking that can result with newer, ceramic, replacement joints. Merely an annoyance or a potential hazard?
  • Don't drool! (or, Wipe your face!). Also from the NYT, in the event you don't like the novacaine-induced hour or so of numbness that follows a visit to the dentist, you're in luck. FDA just approved OraVerse, an injectible formulation of the antihypertensive phentolamine, which reverses numbness by dilating local blood vessels which whisks away the anesthetic.
  • Don't count your chickens. A late Friday addition to explains why Sanofi and BMS shares were under pressure at the end of last week. Another generic Plavix may be about to enter the market, this time in Germany. European sales of Plavix were about $3 billion last year, according to the potential source of the generic, Schweizerhall Holding.
  • Always wear clean underwear. Merck and Indian generics co. Ranbaxy have inked a deal to discover and develop anti-infectives. You really never know who's going to see them.
  • It ain't over 'til it's over (applicable if your mother is Yogi Berra). Yes, Pittsburgh fans, we know the Flyers are in a 2-0 hole.

photo from flickr user shoothead used under a creative commons license


angelina said...
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David Hamilton said...

I actually thought the NYT story had an interesting subtext beyond the worries about safety, namely that hip-replacement patients don't really like being reminded that they've essentially been turned into cyborgs. No, really.