SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

August 26, 2010 09:30 ET

Analyst Research on Drug Manufacturers -- How Will Expiring Drug Patents Affect Companies in the Healthcare Sector

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TORONTO--(Marketwire - August 26, 2010) - The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Drug Manufacturers - Major Industry and has released analyst reports on Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK). Access to the full company reports can be found at www.bedfordreport.com.

In recent quarters, expiring patents in the product lines of the major pharmaceutical companies has become a hot topic. Over the next five years drug companies are expected to lose several patents. In order to compensate for expiring drug patents drug companies have been focusing on mergers and acquisitions in order to shore up their patent lines.

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Biotech firms in particular have been a beneficiary of this drive to sign agreements with smaller companies. In addition to acquisitions, small biotech companies are expected to benefit from in-licensing activities and collaborations. In recent news Johnson & Johnson acquired Cougar Biotechnology and Mentor Corp. 

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