- Big Pharma mergers
Merck's recent deal to buy Shering-Plough, and Pfizer's purchase of Wyeth, comes at a time of slumping sales in the drug industry and increased competition from generic drug makers. Midmorning looks at what these mergers mean for consumers and drug development, and examines how the drug industry could be affected by changes at the FDA.9:06 a.m.
Stephen Schondelmeyer: head of the department of pharmaceutical care and health systems at the University of Minnesota.
Howard Brody: professor of medicine and director of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
- Impact of recession on the young
Experts wonder whether this recession will revive Depression-era pessimism among young people today. We'll discuss how this troubled economy may shape the choices of the uber-confident Millennial generation.10:06 a.m.
Neil Howe: Historian, economist, and demographer. Founding partner of the consulting firm LifeCourse Associates. He has co-authored numerous books on generations in America, including "Millennials Rising."
Morris Dickstein: Literary and cultural critic and Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center. His forthcoming book is called "Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression."
- Banking overhaul -- will it work?
Economists are supportive of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's call for an overhaul of the nation's banking regulations. But they're not confident that his plan will make a difference.10:45 a.m.
Tyler Cowen: Professor of economics at George Mason University. Author of "Discover Your Inner Economist."
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