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June 11, 2014
17:19 EDTAMGN, AZNAmgen 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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September 16, 2014
10:19 EDTAZNFDA approves Movantik with requirement for cardiovascular risk study
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08:00 EDTAZNFDA PDUFA Date for Nektar and AstraZeneca''s Movantik is September 16, 2014
07:31 EDTAZNEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
07:02 EDTAZNEli Lilly and AstraZeneca to co-develop and commercialize AZD3293
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06:27 EDTAZNAstraZeneca, Eli Lilly to jointly develop, commercialize AZD3293
AstraZeneca (AZN) and Eli Lilly (LLY) announced an agreement to jointly develop and commercialize AZD3293, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme inhibitor currently in development as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease. AZD3293 has been shown in Phase I studies to significantly and dose-dependently reduce levels of amyloid beta in the cerebro-spinal fluid of Alzheimer's patients and healthy volunteers. AstraZeneca announced earlier in 2014 its plan to move AZD3293 into registration trials. Under the terms of the agreement, Lilly will pay AstraZeneca up to $500M in development and regulatory milestone payments. AstraZeneca expects to receive the first milestone payment of $50M in the 1H15. The companies will share all future costs equally for the development and commercialization of AZD3293, as well as net global revenues post-launch. AstraZeneca and Lilly aim to progress AZD3293 rapidly into a Phase II/III clinical trial in patients with early Alzheimer's disease. Lilly will lead clinical development, working with researchers from AstraZeneca's Innovative Medicines Unit for neuroscience, while AstraZeneca will be responsible for manufacturing. The companies will take joint responsibility for commercialization of AZD3293. The agreement is subject to customary terms and conditions. It will have no impact on AstraZeneca's 2014 Core Earnings per Share.
September 15, 2014
16:40 EDTAMGNAmgen trial finds Prolia treatment enables non-osteoporotic T-scores
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16:05 EDTAMGNAmgen says romosozumab treatment increases bone mineral density
Amgen and UCB announced results from several exploratory analyses of the Phase 2 study evaluating romosozumab in postmenopausal women with low bone mineral density, BMD. Romosozumab is an investigational bone-forming agent that is designed to work by inhibiting the protein sclerostin, thereby increasing bone formation and decreasing bone breakdown. These data were presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, ASBMR, 2014 Annual Meeting in Houston, Sept. 12-15. "Fractures or broken bones due to osteoporosis are very common and often have a life altering impact on an older woman and her family," said Michael McClung, M.D., director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center. "It is encouraging to see that treatment with romosozumab for a second year provided additional increases in bone mineral density beyond what was seen during the first 12 months of treatment." "Despite continuing progress in the management and treatment of patients with osteoporosis, there remains a considerable need for new therapeutic approaches for individual patients," said Professor Dr. Iris Loew-Friedrich, chief medical officer and executive vice president, UCB. "Investigational studies to date suggest that the bone building capacity of romosozumab may show promise as a new treatment option to manage this serious disease. We look forward to reporting the results of the romosozumab Phase 3 program in 2016."
07:27 EDTAZNPfizer acquisition could drive shares higher, says JPMorgan
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07:21 EDTAMGNHeart Failure Society of America to hold annual meeting
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05:12 EDTAMGNAmgen presents analyses of Phase 3 ivabradine data for treatment of chronic HF
Amgen announced data from the Phase 3 Systolic Heart failure treatment with the If inhibitor ivabradine Trial, or SHIFT, study evaluating ivabradine in patients with chronic heart failure, or HF, were presented at the 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America, or HFSA, in Las Vegas. A post-hoc analysis from the SHIFT study confirmed low systolic blood pressure, or SBP, is associated with poor outcomes in chronic HF, and that ivabradine reduced the primary composite endpoint of cardiovascular death or hospitalization for worsening HF in this subgroup with low baseline SBP. Safety was similar across the three SBP groups. Results were published in the July 2014 issue of the European Journal of Heart Failure. Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen said, "Despite standard of care, chronic heart failure remains a disabling condition with a poor prognosis for patients at risk for hospitalization. Analyses from the pivotal SHIFT study complement the main trial findings that form the basis of our U.S. submission package for ivabradine. We recently received a priority review designation for ivabradine from the FDA and are working with the agency to potentially bring this important treatment option to certain patients with chronic heart failure in the U.S. as soon as possible."
September 14, 2014
13:39 EDTAMGNFurther gains in Amgen could be subdued, Barron's says
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September 12, 2014
10:32 EDTAZNPfizer CEO says company still open to inversion deal, FT says
Pfizer (PFE) CEO Ian Read said U.S. rhetoric against tax inversions has been "political theater" ahead of midterm elections and made clear that his company is still open to a potential tax-saving acquisition, according to Financial Times, which added Read's comment about not being “held hostage” over price would likely be read as a signal the company might look elsewhere after being rebuffed by AstraZeneca (AZN). The Fly notes that Bloomberg previously reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Pfizer is looking at targets other than AstraZeneca, including Actavis (ACT). Shares of Actavis trading in New York are up 2% this morning. Reference Link
07:14 EDTAMGNAmerican Society for Bone & Mineral Research holds annual meeting
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September 10, 2014
15:21 EDTAZNAstraZeneca has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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September 8, 2014
14:13 EDTAZNConnecticut AG tells FDA to speed up generic Nexium
A news release from the Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, dated September 4, says: In comments to a Citizen Petition filed with the FDA, Attorney General George Jepsen called on the federal agency to expeditiously end several years of delays preventing the sale of a generic form of the drug esomeprazole magnesium , esomeprazole, currently marketed under the brand name Nexium. Nexium is the second highest-selling pharmaceutical drug in the United States, and delays in approving generic versions have cost consumers and government healthcare payers billions of dollars. In his comments, Attorney General Jepsen alleges that an agreement between drug manufacturers Ranbaxy (RBXLY) and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (AZN), Nexium’s brand-name manufacturer, has prevented other drug-makers from launching a generic version of the drug, ultimately harming all consumers by artificially inflating prices. Ranbaxy was first-to-file with the FDA for approval of a generic form of Nexium. AstraZeneca sued Ranbaxy for patent infringement, and the dispute was settled by an agreement that provided financial incentives for Ranbaxy to delay entry of its generic into the consumer market. Reference Link
07:15 EDTAMGNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
07:02 EDTAZNAstraZeneca announces availability of Bydureon pen 2mg
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06:49 EDTAMGNAmgen shares to trend higher, price target to $150 at RBC Capital
RBC expects shares of Amgen to trend higher due to evolving sentiment around the 2015 pipeline and low multiple. Some investors want a break-up of the company to increase shareholder value but the analyst does not expect it to occur given the concentrated portfolio, tax reasons, and a commercial infrastructure that can not be split off. Shares are Outperform rated with a $150 price target, raised from $135.
September 4, 2014
17:15 EDTAZNAstraZeneca granted orphan status for EFGR non-small cell lung cancer treatment
The FDA posted on its website that AstraZeneca has been granted orphan status for its treatment of epidermal growth factor receptor, or EFGR, mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer. Reference Link
07:23 EDTAZNAstraZeneca called for inversion clamp down as part of defense, WSJ says
Amid its defense against an unsolicited takeover bid from rival Pfizer (PFE), AstraZeneca (AZN) hired advisers with close ties to the Obama administration, who made calls to senior administration officials urging a clamp down on tax inversions, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the previously undisclosed calls. Reference Link
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