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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Forest Laboratories, Inc.'s research and development for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $220 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $837 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Forest Laboratories, Inc. Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was 240.299 (Mar. 2013 ) + 185.424 (Jun. 2013 ) + 191.358 (Sep. 2013 ) + 219.506 (Dec. 2013 ) = $837 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Forest Laboratories, Inc. Annual Data
|Research & Development||234||294||410||941||671||661||1,054||716||797||964|
Forest Laboratories, Inc. Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||197||191||214||195||203||325||240||185||191||220|