Patent issues still trouble pharmaceutical companies

Regulatory uncertainty adds to sector’s difficulties, but managers find directional trades

The performance of major pharmaceutical companies has been severely hampered over the last year by patents ending and the continuing absence of a president for America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Large pharmaceutical firms have begun to perform better with the appointment of Mark McClellan as FDA commissioner last November, but firms’ patent problems persist. They do, however, bring with them opportunities for smaller pharmaceutical companies in emerging markets, according to specialist

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