Thursday’s Top Biotech and Medical Stocks

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From BioHealth Investor

by Mark S. Senak

As the lame duck Senate gets ready to waddle off to their place in history, they have moved to pass S. 3546 – a bill that would require the makers of dietary supplements to report serious adverse events.

Interestingly, this development coincides with a lawsuit launched earlier this week against a maker of Fen-Phen.

The bill which passed yesterday, defines a serious adverse event as “reports of a death, a life-threatening experience, hospitalization, a persistent or significant disability or incapacity, or a congenital anomaly or birth defect.”

It remains to be seen whether or not this is the beginning of a broader reform movement aimed at the supplement industry, or perhaps will satisfy those hungry for reform. Likewise, if the bill becomes law, it represents another mandate on the FDA, to whom the SAEs would be reported that adds to the scope and therefore the expense of running the agency, increasingly reliant on PDUFA fees to do so.

While the bill is not yet law yet, one thing the supplement industry might consider is to get ahead of the law and begin reporting SAEs now, rather than being forced to later. This could be done either through an association, consumer group or a large manufacturer could take the first step. In any event, since reform is on the way, it might be a good idea to get as much ahead of the curve as possible.

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Thursday’s Top Biotech and Medical Stocks

Biotechnology

VANDA PHARMACEUTICAL [VNDA] +68.71%
TITAN PHARMA INC [TTP] +54.01%
HALOZYME THERAPEUTIC [HTI] +25.93%
TARGETED GENETICS CP [TGEN] +12.98%
ALFACELL CORP [ACEL] +10.49%

Diagnostic Substances

IMMUNOMEDICS INC [IMMU] +9.96%
HEALTHCARE TECH LTD [HCTL] +9.20%
EPIX PHARMACEUTICALS [EPIX] +8.07%
THRESHOLD PHARMACEUT [THLD] +3.48%
SYNOVA HEALTHCARE GR [SNVH.OB] +2.56%

Drug Delivery

SYMBOLLON PHARM CL A [SYMBA.OB] +9.09%
BIOVAIL CORP [BVF] +7.72%
INSITE VISION INC [ISV] +2.29%
PETMED EXPRESS INC [PETS] +2.16%
FLAMEL TECH SA ADR [FLML] +1.95%

Drug Manufacturers

PLANET TECHS INC [PLNT.OB] +127.27%
ARQULE INC [ARQL] +10.79%
TAPESTRY PHARMA INC [TPPH] +7.41%
PROVECTUS PHARMA [PVCT.OB] +6.25%
GERON CORP [GERN] +4.96%

Medical Appliances & Equipment

SYNERGETICS USA INC [SURG] +6.60%
MICROTEK MED HLDGS [MTMD] +5.57%
ASPECT MEDICAL SYS [ASPM] +4.60%
HEALTHTRONICS INC [HTRN] +4.21%
MEDICALCV INC [MCVI.OB] +3.66%

Medical Instruments & Supplies

VYTERIS HOLDINGS NV [VYHN.OB] +18.10%
CANTEL MEDICAL CORP [CMN] +12.04%
QUANTRX BIOMEDICAL [QTXB.OB] +11.03%
IMPLANT SCIENCES CP [IMX] +6.67%
ROCHESTER MEDICAL [ROCM] +5.58%

Medical Laboratories & Research

SPHERIX INC [SPEX] +9.30%
GENOMIC HEALTH, INC. [GHDX] +8.92%
AASTROM BIOSCIENCE [ASTM] +5.80%
OSI PHARMACEUTIC [OSIP] +4.18%
ALLIANCE IMAGING INC [AIQ] +1.93%