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January 30, 2013
11:56 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline says Guardian wrong to suggest Avandia safety data concealed
GlaxoSmithKline, in response to a news article published this morning in The Guardian on U.K. legal proceedings related to the type 2 diabetes medicine Avandia, said: "We have every sympathy for people with health complications associated with diabetes and those who care for them. However, respecting the UK court process, we are unable to comment on ongoing legal cases. We continue to believe that the company acted appropriately and responsibly in its management of Avandia. Specifically, it is wrong to suggest that we hid or concealed safety data relating to Avandia. We made Avandia clinical trial results available on our website and shared these with regulators. With respect to Avandia, the settlement reached in 2012 following a US Department of Justice investigation related solely to the inadvertent omissions in certain Food and Drug Administration regulatory reports of information regarding the initiation and status of certain studies. The Department of Justice has expressly acknowledged that the information had been provided by GSK to the FDA in other forms. The FDA has also stated that the omissions did not impact the agency’s evaluation of the safety data related to Avandia. We continue to stand behind the safety and efficacy profile of Avandia in the treatment of type 2 diabetes when used appropriately. Nevertheless, we fully accept regulators’ decisions to restrict its use and have worked to make sure health professionals and patients understand this latest advice and guidance." In its report, The Guardian said "GlaxoSmithKline has admitted concealing data about the damaging side-effects of the drug...But, despite this, GSK is not prepared to settle claims in the UK without a court fight." The Guardian's health editor, Sarah Boseley, also stated the history of U.K. drug litigation suggests that "families might not easily get compensation." Shares of GlaxoSmithKline trading in New York were up 0.24% to $45.68 near noon.
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November 25, 2015
11:29 EDTGSKStudy says Valeant, others exploding dermatology drug prices, WSJ reports
The JAMA Dermatology journal published a new study that found that retail prices of 19 dermatologic prescription drugs increased fivefold on average between 2009 and 2015, reported The Wall Street Journal. Targretin, marketed by Valeant (VRX), jumped to $30,320 this year from $15,708 last year and $1,687 in 2009, the study found, but "It's not just Valeant," said lead author Miranda Rosenberg. Prices for drugs made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Novartis (NVS) at least doubled or tripled over the same time frame, the report noted. Reference Link
November 24, 2015
11:16 EDTGSKAdaptimmune initiates Phase I/II trial of affinity enhanced T-cell therapy
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November 23, 2015
08:08 EDTGSKIdera Pharmaceuticals announces partnership with GSK
Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA) announced it has entered into an exclusive worldwide collaboration and license agreement with GSK (GSK) to research, develop and commercialize selected molecules from Idera's 3rd generation antisense platform for the treatment of selected targets in renal disease. Under the terms of the agreement, Idera is eligible to receive approximately $100M in development and regulatory milestone payments, including a $2.5M upfront payment. Additionally, Idera is eligible to receive royalties on all sales upon commercialization at varying rates up to five percent on annual net sales in excess of $500M.
November 18, 2015
08:11 EDTGSKIMS Health forecasts global drug spending to increase 30% by 2020 to $1.4T
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