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Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:
Patent Relief for Pfizer
The reissue patent will provide coverage up to
Pfizer, which is facing patent challenges from several companies for Celebrex, immediately put into action plans to delay the entry of generic competition. The company has filed patent infringement lawsuits against generic players –
All these companies are seeking
We are positive on the granting of the reissue patent which buys time for Pfizer to generate additional sales from Celebrex before generics enter the market. With Lipitor losing exclusivity, Celebrex was among the top contributors to US sales in 2012. Celebrex sales increased 8% to
Pfizer currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). While near-term earnings will be driven by cost cutting efforts and share repurchases, longer-term growth will depend on the success of drug development. The company's pipeline needs to deliver given the Lipitor loss of exclusivity and the upcoming loss of exclusivity on additional products in the next few years.
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Further, the company deploys capital in an effective manner mainly through its stock buyback program and dividend payment. The company deployed