MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, February 12, 2013 -- AllPennyStocks.com Media, Inc. (http://www.AllPennyStocks.com/) announces its latest article titled “Two Small-Cap Stocks Head and Shoulders Above Peers with New Drug Delivery Systems.”
Companies mentioned in this article include Crown Marketing Pharmaceuticals (OTCQB:CWNM), Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY), Biogen Idec Inc. (Nasdaq:BIIB), Sanofi SA (NYSE:SNY), Unilife Corporation (Nasdaq:UNIS), Retractable Technologies Inc. (AMEX:RVP) and Antares Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATRS).
The pharmaceutical business is starving for new therapies and technologies to shepherd in the next wave of treatments to combat diseases. Subsequently, large pharmaceutical companies are dolling-out increasing amounts of money to try and get an edge on competitors as they slowly fall one by one off the so-called patent cliff, costing them billions of dollars annually as blockbuster drugs lose protection from generics.
Make no mistakes about it; the cliff is steep and expensive. Of the $860 billion in global sales of pharmaceuticals in 2010, 133 drugs accounted for about 34 percent, or nearly $300 billion, of total sales. 13 of those drugs, or 9.8 percent, face patent expiration in the next five years. In 2013 alone, EvaluatePharma estimates drugs generating $29 billion annually will lose patent protection. Included in this group are Eli Lilly & Co.’s (NYSE:LLY) antidepressant Cymbalta and diabetes drug Humalog, Biogen Idec Inc.’s (Nasdaq:BIIB) multiple sclerosis drug Avonex (although Biogen contests that it has extended the patent) and Purdue Pharma’s chronic pain drug OxyContin.
Taking the hit in 2012 were drugs such as Sanofi SA’s (NYSE:SNY) blockbuster blood thinner Plavix and Pfizer Inc.’s (NYSE:PFE) cholesterol drug Lipitor, which accounted for almost 16 percent of Pfizer’s total drug sales in 2010.
As the competition continues to stiffen in drug development, another pathway to prosperity that is catching the attention of the investment community is through improvements in drug delivery systems, or the means to get therapeutics into the body. These new technologies address fundamental challenges of pharmaceutical companies not only in developing novel therapeutics, but also potentially extending intellectual property rights on existing drugs.
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