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June 3, 2014
10:51 EDTNVS, INCYNovartis, Incyte announce results from RESPONSE trial evaluating ruxolitinib
Novartis (NVS) and Incyte (INCY) announced results from the first-ever pivotal Phase III study evaluating a JAK 1/2 inhibitor for the treatment of polycythemia vera. Jakavi, or ruxolitinib, improved hematocrit control without the need for phlebotomy and reduced spleen size in patients with PV who are resistant to or intolerant of hydroxyurea[. Findings are being presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Ruxolitinib was well tolerated and adverse events were consistent with those previously seen in ruxolitinib studies in PV and myelofibrosis. Within the first 32 weeks of treatment, Grade 3 or 4 hematologic AEs in the ruxolitinib treatment arm were anemia and thrombocytopenia and fewer patients treated with ruxolitinib experienced thromboembolic events when compared to those who received best available therapy. The most common non-hematologic AEs were headache, diarrhea and fatigue. Additionally, 3.6% of patients randomized to the ruxolitinib treatment arm discontinued treatment due to AEs compared to 1.8% on the best available therapy arm. Data from the RESPONSE trial will support worldwide regulatory submissions planned this year.
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August 20, 2014
12:06 EDTNVSNovartis treatment for pigmented villonodular synovitis gets orphan designation
According to a post on the FDA's website, Novartis' recombinant human monoclonal antibody of the IgG1 kappa class against human macrophage colony-stimulating factor received orphan designation. Reference Link
05:17 EDTNVSNovartis provides drug candidate compounds to TB Alliance
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August 19, 2014
05:11 EDTNVSGamida Cell announces investment, option agreement with Novartis
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August 18, 2014
07:35 EDTNVSApricus Biosciences launches topical ED treatment in Germany
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August 11, 2014
05:18 EDTNVSNovartis reports LCZ696 significantly reduced cardiovascular deaths
New data revealing the reduction in cardiovascular, or CV, deaths with Novartis' LCZ696 in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, or HF-REF, will be presented at the European Society of Cardiology, or ESC, Congress 2014. The 8,442 patient study, PARADIGM-HF, was specifically designed to see if LCZ696 could increase survival over and above what can be achieved with ACE-inhibitor enalapril in addition to current best treatment in HF-REF patients. In March the Data Monitoring Committee overseeing the study confirmed those given LCZ696 were significantly less likely to die from CV causes, leading to the trial being closed early. LCZ696 significantly reduced cardiovascular deaths in head to head study against enalapril, in addition to current best treatment, in patients with HF-REF. PARADIGM-HF is the largest heart failure study ever conducted and was stopped early in March due to compelling efficacy. LCZ696 was recently granted FDA Fast Track status and rolling submission expected to be complete by end of year.
August 8, 2014
06:51 EDTNVSJudge rules DOJ can pursue Novartis kickback suit, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice is allowed to continue its False Claims Act lawsuit versus Novartis regarding allegations that the company used kickbacks to increase sales of medications covered by Medicare and Medicaid, according to Reuters, citing comments from McMahon. Reference Link
August 7, 2014
08:38 EDTNVSEnanta's HCV NS5A inhibitor EDP-239 advances into combination studies
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