Contract research organizations aren't without risks of course, but they do offer some protection against the vagaries of the industry.
Shares rise 5.4% on the news.
Despite the Vytorin setback, the focus here should be on drugs in development, not products in the market.
Merck, Pfizer and others are getting used to a new world that requires cost discipline.
If a recession can be avoided, 2008, like last year, could be active for initial issues.
Several firms are debating whether to bulk up or shed lower-margin units.
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It can be done, but it will probably require some tough choices.
Shares have dropped more than 30% since May, but questions remain about its model.
Will that change when earnings arrive Thursday?