The Demise of a Multibillion-Dollar Drug Class?

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

In the following video, Motley Fool health-care analyst David Williamson highlights a potential new threat to an entire class of multibillion-dollar drugs. The drug group, which treats type 2 diabetes, could be linked to pancreatitis, a very serious inflammation of the pancreas that can lead to pancreatic cancer. David tells investors how several companies, such as Merck , Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca could be affected if the link is confirmed, and how serious the damage could be financially.

Can Merck beat the patent cliff?
This titan of the pharmaceutical industry stumbled into 2013 and continues to battle patent expirations and pipeline problems. Is Merck still a solid dividend play, or should investors be looking elsewhere? In a new premium research report on Merck, the Fool tackles all of the company's moving parts, its major market opportunities, and reasons to both buy and sell. To find out more click here to claim your copy today.



The article The Demise of a Multibillion-Dollar Drug Class? originally appeared on Fool.com.

David Williamson and The Motley Fool have no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Read Full Story

Want more news like this?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from business news to personal finance tips delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners