While the general markets are leaning toward positive territory following a quiet summer period, the enthusiasm for biopharma equities remains muted. One of the most closely monitored therapeutic areas is oncology. Earlier this year, public companies developing innovative medicines in that area had enjoyed strong support; however, investors now appear to be more selective in backing companies in that sector.
The Congressional Budget Office is estimating $345 billion could be saved in direct federal spending on Medicare Part D prescription drugs from 2023 through 2029 if H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, was passed.
"With any traditional antidepression medicine, it takes three, four, six weeks before you see a response. With this class of drug, on day four, boom, there is a connection between it and lifting depression."
The number of biopharma deals and mergers and acquisitions completed are on a downward slide quarter-by-quarter, although when taken as a whole, the industry in 2019 has completed as many transactions and is hitting a higher deal value than the year before, while M&A values are up by 32%.