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March 31, 2014
13:41 EDTMRK, NVSNovartis rises after committee recommends early closure of study
Shares of drug maker Novartis (NVS) are climbing after the Data Monitoring Committee of its PARADIGM-HF study, which tested LCZ696 in comparison to patients who received standard care with enalapril, unanimously recommended early closure of the trial due to the drug's efficacy. WHAT'S NEW: Novartis announced that the committee unanimously recommended early closure of the study, indicating patients with chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction who received LCZ696 lived longer without being hospitalized for heart failure than those who received standard care with ACE-inhibitor enalapril. Based on the compelling efficacy and primary endpoint having been met, the trial was closed early. This follows two previous interim analyses that showed the safety profile of LCZ696 was acceptable. One of the two principal investigators, Dr. Milton Packer, said, "The finding that treatment with LCZ696 was superior to currently recommended doses of enalapril has profound implications for the care of patients with chronic heart failure. We now have compelling evidence that supports LCZ696 as a new cornerstone in the management of chronic heart failure." The company said the results of PARADIGM-HF will be submitted to a major medical conference for presentation and Novartis will now initiate discussions with global health authorities regarding approval for marketing. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Novartis said that the PARADIGM-HF study was initiated in December 2009 and currently is the largest clinical trial in heart failure ever undertaken. LCZ696 is a medicine that acts in multiple ways on the neurohormonal systems of the heart, blocking receptors exerting harmful effects while simultaneously promoting protective mechanisms. LCZ696 is thought to reduce the strain on the failing heart, promoting the ability of the heart muscle to recover. LCZ696 is the second treatment being developed by Novartis for patients with heart failure, along with RLX030 for acute heart failure. The standard ACE-inhibitor enalapril has been marketed as VASOTEC in the U.S. by Merck (MRK). Several companies sell generic enalapril under the name enalapril maleate tablets. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Novartis were up by $3.31 or 4%, to $84.90.
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July 1, 2015
05:16 EDTNVSNovartis division Alcon receives CE Mark for AcryS of IQ Aspheric IOL
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June 30, 2015
05:32 EDTNVSNovartis launches first Apple Watch app for visually impaired people
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch (AAPL) and Android Wear (GOOG), provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease.
June 29, 2015
08:39 EDTMRKMerck says Phase 3 Emend data shows it provides 'greater protection' from nausea
Merck announced results from a Phase 3 study investigating the safety and efficacy of single-dose Emend for Injection, Merck’s substance P/neurokinin receptor antagonist, in combination with other anti-vomiting medicines, for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, or CINV, in adult cancer patients receiving moderately emetogenic chemotherapy, or MEC. In the study, the first to evaluate an intravenous NK-1 receptor antagonist for the prevention of CINV associated with MEC, the single-dose Emend for Injection regimen provided greater protection from nausea and vomiting following administration of chemotherapy versus an active control of placebo with other anti-vomiting medicines. These data were presented in an oral session at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology Annual Meeting on “Supportive Care in Cancer” in Copenhagen.
08:35 EDTNVSAnacor announces amendment to KERYDIN commercialization agreement
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05:15 EDTNVSNovartis acquires Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, terms not disclosed
Novartis announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Spinifex Pharmaceuticals. Spinifex Pharmaceuticals is a U.S. and Australian-based, privately held development stage company, focused on developing a peripheral approach to treat neuropathic pain such as EMA401, a novel angiotensin II Type 2 receptor, or AT2R, antagonist. Financial terms were not disclosed.
June 26, 2015
07:44 EDTNVSNovartis drug Farydak recommended by CHMP for EU approval
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June 25, 2015
14:02 EDTNVSNovartis initiated with a Buy at HSBC
Price target CHF 115.
June 24, 2015
09:07 EDTMRKCAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
13:14 EDTMRKMerck shares could return 25%, Barron's says
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