Reporters and analysts masking 1st-quarter earnings from drug companies might have recognized a change in how they account for upfront payments created to finance investigation and progress at corporations in which they have acquired fairness stakes.
Merck & Co.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
and Eli Lilly & Co.
have all involved boilerplate language in their releases to describe the transform, which includes adjustments they ended up generating for selected non-GAAP metrics, or those people that do not conform with Commonly Accepted Accounting Concepts, the U.S. standard.
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