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June 11, 2014
17:19 EDTAZN, AMGNAmgen says Phase 2 study of brodalumab met primary endpoint
Amgen (AMGN) and AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that results from a Phase 2 study evaluating brodalumab in 168 patients with psoriatic arthritis were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. These data will also be presented at the 2014 European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress in Paris on June 14.. Brodalumab is the only investigational treatment in development that binds to the interleukin-17 receptor and inhibits inflammatory signaling by blocking the binding of several IL-17 ligands to the receptor. The IL-17 pathway plays a central role in inducing and promoting inflammatory disease processes. The study showed that treatment with brodalumab significantly improved signs and clinical symptoms associated with the disease, including tender and swollen joints, at 12 weeks as measured by a 20% improvement in the American College of Rheumatology response criteria. The study also showed that many patients continued to improve, and that the improvements were sustained, through the first 52 weeks of the study reported in NEJM. The study achieved its primary endpoint with both doses of brodalumab exhibiting superiority to placebo in ACR20 responses at week 12. These responses continued to improve through 24 weeks and were sustained through the first 52 weeks of the study.1 ACR response criteria are a measure of improvement in tender and swollen joints, as well as patient and physician global assessments of disease activity, pain, disability and inflammatory markers. A 20% improvement from baseline in ACR response rates is known as ACR20, a 50% improvement from baseline is known as ACR50 and a 70% improvement from baseline is known as ACR70.
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December 19, 2014
12:12 EDTAZNMyriad Genetics receives FDA approval of BRACAnalysis CDx
Myriad Genetics (MYGN) announced that it has received approval from the U.S. FDA for BRACAnalysis CDx to be used as the only companion diagnostic in conjunction with AstraZeneca's (AZN) drug Lynparza. Lynparza is the first poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor for patients with germline mutations in BRCA1/2 advanced ovarian cancer who have had three or more lines of chemotherapy. BRACAnalysis CDx is Myriad's first FDA-approved companion diagnostic for use with a novel PARP inhibitor. BRACAnalysis CDx is a highly accurate molecular companion diagnostic test that identifies deleterious or suspected deleterious mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, using DNA obtained from a blood sample. BRACAnalysis CDx was proven in clinical studies to effectively identify patients with BRCA mutations who would be candidates for Lynparza. The approval of BRACAnalysis CDx demonstrates Myriad's commitment to developing companion diagnostics and is the culmination of an intensive, multiyear scientific collaboration with AstraZeneca to advance personalized medicine for women with ovarian cancer.
11:45 EDTAZNFDA approves Lynparza to treat advanced ovarian cancer
The U.S. FDA granted accelerated approval to Lynparza, a new drug treatment for women with advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes, as detected by an FDA-approved test. Lynparza is marketed by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, based in Wilmington, Delaware. Reference Link
December 18, 2014
06:27 EDTAMGNAmgen's new leukemia drug to cost $178,000, Reuters reports
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December 17, 2014
17:47 EDTAMGNAmgen raises Q1 dividend 30% to 79c per share
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December 15, 2014
07:33 EDTAZNAdvaxis announces FDA acceptance of INDA to commence clinical trials of ADXS-HPV
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December 11, 2014
16:03 EDTAZN, AMGNAmgen, AstraZeneca to present results from Phase 3 plaque psoriasis study
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07:28 EDTAZNCBI to hold a summit
2nd Specialty Data Optimization Summit is being held in Philadelphia on December 11.
December 9, 2014
09:10 EDTAZNARIAD takeover rumors rekindled, Independent says
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08:02 EDTAZNMoventig approved in EU for opioid-induced constipation
Nektar (NKTR) reported partner AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that MOVENTIG has been granted Marketing Authorisation by the European Commission for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult patients who have had an inadequate response to laxative. MOVENTIG is the first once-daily oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist to be approved in the European Union.
07:44 EDTAMGN, AZNAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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05:40 EDTAMGNAmgen presents new BLINCYTO Phase 2 study data at ASH meeting
Amgen announced that new data from a pivotal Phase 2 study evaluating BLINCYTO for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL was presented at the 56th American Society of Hematology, or ASH, Annual Meeting and Exposition. In one analysis from the '211 study, 40% of patients treated with BLINCYTO who achieved a complete remission, or CR, or complete remission with partial hematologic recovery, or CRh, were enabled to proceed to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant, or HSCT. Additionally, a secondary analysis from the study found that 82% of patients who had a CR or CRh also had a minimal residual disease, or MRD, response, a measure used to predict disease recurrence in patients with ALL. In one analysis of the '211 study, 40% of patients treated with BLINCYTO who achieved a CR or CRh were enabled to proceed to HSCT, including both patients who had received prior HSCT and patients who had not received prior HSCT. A secondary analysis of the study demonstrated that, among patients receiving BLINCYTO who had a CR or CRh and had evaluable MRD data, 82% had an MRD response, with 70% of those patients achieving a complete MRD response. Median overall survival was longer among patients who had a CR or CRh and an MRD response compared to patients who didn't have an MRD response.
December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTAMGNAmgen initiates new combination trial for talimogene laherparepvec with KEYTRUDA
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09:09 EDTAMGNAmgen announces FDA approval for XGEVA
Amgen announced that the FDA has approved a new indication for XGEVA for the treatment of hypercalcemia of malignancy refractory to bisphosphonate therapy. XGEVA was approved and granted Orphan Drug Designation by the FDA, which is reserved for drugs that are intended for the treatment of rare diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. HCM is a serious complication in patients with advanced cancer, including those with hematologic malignancies, and indicates poor prognosis.1,2 The condition results from cancer-driven increases in bone resorption, and if untreated, can lead to renal failure, progressive mental impairment, coma and death. The approval of XGEVA is based on positive results from an open-label, single-arm study, which enrolled patients with advanced cancer and persistent hypercalcemia after recent bisphosphonate treatment. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients with a response, defined as albumin-corrected serum calcium <11.5 mg/dLwithin 10 days after the first dose of XGEVA. Secondary endpoints included the proportion of patients who experienced a complete response (defined as CSC <10.8 mg/dL by day 10, time to response and response duration. The study achieved its primary endpoint with a response rate at day 10 of 63.6 percent in the 33 patients evaluated. The overall complete response rate was 63.6 percent. The estimated median time to response was nine days, and the median duration of response was 104 days.4,5
09:09 EDTAMGNAmgen announces FDA approval for XGEVA
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07:05 EDTAZNInnocoll appoints Tony Zook as CEO
Innocoll AG (INNL) announced that Tony Zook, formerly executive vice president, Global Commercial Operations, at AstraZeneca (AZN), has been appointed CEO effectively immediately. Michael Myers, will continue with the company as head of Portfolio Operations.
05:42 EDTAMGNSandoz Phase III data shows filgrastim has similar safety, efficacy as NEUPOGEN
Sandoz, a Novartis (NVS) company, announced Phase III data that demonstrated similarity of its investigational biosimilar filgrastim compared to the US-licensed reference product, Amgen's (AMGN) NEUPOGEN in the prevention of severe neutropenia in patients with breast cancer receiving neoadjuvant myelosuppressive chemotherapy. The study also showed that repeated switching at each cycle between the investigational biosimilar and the originator filgrastim showed no impact on efficacy, safety or immunogenicity. The PIONEER study was a Phase III study designed to compare the efficacy and safety of the investigational biosimilar and the reference product with respect to mean duration of severe neutropenia following Cycle 1 chemotherapy. PIONEER was a randomized, double-blind, four-group, multi-center non-inferiority trial conducted at 27 centers. The trial randomized 218 breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant myelosuppressive chemotherapy.
December 7, 2014
14:38 EDTAMGNAmgen announces new data from Phase 2 BLINCYTO immunotherapy study
Amgen announced new data from the Phase 2 BLAST study which evaluated the bispecific T cell engager, BiTE, immunotherapy BLINCYTO in patients with minimal residual disease, MRD, positive B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia, ALL. In the study, 78% of patients who received BLINCYTO experienced a complete MRD response , a measure of eradication of residual disease at the molecular level, after one treatment cycle. Nearly all complete responses occurred within the first treatment cycle. The results from the BLAST study will be featured during the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition press briefing on Saturday, December 6, at 10 a.m. PT and will be presented in an oral session at ASH on Monday, December 8, at 10:30 a.m. PT. "BLINCYTO is the most advanced of Amgen's BiTE immunotherapies, a new and innovative approach that helps the body's own immune system fight cancer," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "Achieving molecular complete remission is an important goal in the treatment of ALL, and the data presented at ASH demonstrates that BLINCYTO can produce deep responses in patients that have trace amounts of residual disease." MRD is a state of disease in which the microscopic analysis does not show malignant cells, but more sensitive techniques still detect disease at the molecular level. Patients who have persistent or recurrent MRD after their first therapy have a higher risk of relapse than those with no detectable MRD. In addition to the majority of patients achieving a compete MRD response within one cycle of treatment, 80% achieved a complete MRD response across all cycles. Responses occurred in all subgroups including older patients and patients with high MRD level; no predictive factor for MRD response was identified. In the study, adverse events of all grades occurring in 20% or more patients included pyrexia, tremor, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Grade =3 AEs occurring in five percent or more patients included neutropenia , pyrexia and tremor. Two fatal AEs occurred on treatment: subdural hemorrhage and pneumonitis in conjunction with influenza. Treatment interruptions due to AEs occurred in 31% of patients.
14:18 EDTAMGNAmgen, Onyx announce detailed results from Phase 3 ASPIRE study of Kyprolis
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14:10 EDTAMGNAmerican Society of Hematology to hold a meeting
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December 5, 2014
09:49 EDTAZNUBS European pharmaceuticals analysts holds analyst/industry conference call
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