Daily Archives: December 21, 2009

John Gapper

Chattem, which Sanofi Aventis is buying for $1.9bn to bring its Allegra  anti-allergy drug to the over-the-counter market, has some striking products – Gold Bond, Icy Hot and Selsun Blue to name three.

The company also has an intriguing history reaching back to the days of the snake oil salesman, before the 1906 Food and Drugs Act cleared up some of the dubious claims and salesmanship of the era. Read more

John Gapper

James Cameron’s Avatar has opened strongly, despite the winter storm on the east coast of the US, and is said to have made $232m on its opening weekend around the world. Read more