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3 Profitable Pharmaceutical Stocks To Consider As Congress Debates Drug Bill

Stocks in this article: AGN BMY FRX

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Do you expect these stocks to continue to see rising gross margins if Congress passes the Drug Quality and Security Act? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. Forest Laboratories Inc. ( FRX): Develops, manufactures, and sells branded and generic forms of ethical drug products.

Market cap at $13.23B, most recent closing price at $50.44.

Gross profit margins increased from 76.03% to 77.26% during the first time interval (12 months ending 2011-03-31 vs. 12 months ending 2010-03-31). For the second time interval, gross margins increased from 77.26% to 77.4% (12 months ending 2012-03-31 vs. 12 months ending 2011-03-31). And for the final time interval, gross margins increased from 77.4% to 78.21% (12 months ending 2013-03-31 vs. 12 months ending 2012-03-31).

Forest Laboratories sells drugs under two segments: Central Nervous System Franchise and Respiratory Franchise.

2. Allergan Inc. ( AGN): Operates as a multi-specialty healthcare company primarily in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific.

Market cap at $27.19B, most recent closing price at $94.80.

Gross profit margins increased from 83.33% to 85.32% during the first time interval (12 months ending 2010-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2009-12-31). For the second time interval, gross margins increased from 85.32% to 86.18% (12 months ending 2011-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2010-12-31). And for the final time interval, gross margins increased from 86.18% to 86.7% (12 months ending 2012-12-31 vs. 12 months ending 2011-12-31).

Allergan's FDA-approved products include ALPHAGAN, COMBIGAN, and LUNIGAN for glaucoma and other eye conditions as well as BOTOX for overactive bladder, migraines, and several other medical conditions.

3. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company ( BMY): Develops, and delivers innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

Market cap at $86.48B, most recent closing price at $51.86.

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