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The Bedford Report

January 04, 2011 11:25 ET

Drug Makers Appear Poised for Growth in 2011

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Avanir Pharmaceuticals & Warner Chilcott

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 4, 2011) - Drug makers haven't been impervious to the economic downturn but they have endured better than most. This is partly due to the fact that demand for pharmaceuticals remains fairly constant even during recession. As 2011 kicks off there is plenty of optimism regarding the drug manufacturing sector as firmer pricing and new products have improved sales and earnings trends. Moreover -- similar to last year -- Merger and Acquisition activity is likely to play a large role throughout the sector. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Drug Manufacturers - Others Industry and provides research reports on Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNR) and Warner Chilcott PLC (NASDAQ: WCRX). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

The healthcare industry research firm IMS Health projects an increase in worldwide growth in 2011. The firm forecasts 5% to 7% versus a pace of 4% to 5% in 2010. The firm has a meager growth outlook until at least 2015. 

Much of the growth is expected to come from emerging markets such as China, Brazil, India and South Korea. These countries are benefiting from increased government spending on health care and more extensive private health coverage for workers. IMS predicts sales growth of 15% in these markets.

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In recent industry news, the Obama administration pressed congress to revamp a research and development tax credit by increasing it by about 20 percent and make it permanent. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, PhRMA, as well as the Advanced Medical Technology Association expressed support for the tax credit.

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