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Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Vertex Pharma, Human Genome Sciences, Biogen Idec and Perrigo
Date:12/29/2011

CHICAGO, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses the Pharma & Biotech, including Vertex Pharma (Nasdaq: VRTX), Human Genome Sciences Inc. (Nasdaq: HGSI), Biogen Idec (Nasdaq: BIIB) and Perrigo Company (Nasdaq: PRGO).

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A synopsis of today's Industry Outlook is presented below. The full article can be read at

http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/66998/Pharma+%26amp%3B+Biotech+Stock+Review+%26amp%3B+Outlook

With 2011 coming to an end, the pharmaceutical industry continues to face challenges like sluggish prescription trends, EU pricing pressure, intensifying generic competition, pipeline failures and limited late-stage catalysts. The next five years are expected to reflect a significant imbalance between new product introductions and patent losses. All these factors will lead to a slowdown in global pharmaceutical market growth in the next five years, with major revenue-generating drugs like Lipitor, Plavix, Lexapro and Zyprexa losing exclusivity.

In fact, by the end of 2011, drugs worth more than a total of $30 billion will lose patent protection. This includes drugs like Lipitor, Zyprexa and Levaquin. The effect of the genericization of these products will be felt mostly in 2012, which will be a challenging year for several companies. At the same time, new products are not expected to generate the same level of sales as products losing patent protection.

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