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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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August 24, 2015
13:15 EDTNVSFDA expands use of Novartis' Promacta to include children ages 1 and older
Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) announced that the FDA has approved an expanded use for Promacta, a Novartis (NVS) product, to include children 1 year of age and older with chronic immune thrombocytopenia who have had an insufficient response to corticosteroids, immunoglobulins or splenectomy. Promacta was acquired by Novartis in March from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Promacta was discovered as a result of research collaboration between GSK and Ligand Pharmaceuticals and was developed by GSK. The updated label also includes a new oral suspension formulation of Promacta that is designed for younger children who may not be able to swallow tablets. Promacta was approved by the FDA as a tablet formulation in June 2015 for children 6 years of age and older and in 2008 for use in adult patients with the same condition. The label expansion of Promacta was based on data from two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, including the largest Phase 3 clinical trial in this patient population. Treatment with Promacta significantly increased and sustained platelet counts among pediatric patients with chronic ITP with an insufficient response to prior chronic ITP therapies, and some patients taking concomitant ITP medications were able to reduce or discontinue their use of these medications, primarily corticosteroids. Promacta should be used only in those whose degree of thrombocytopenia and clinical condition increase the risk for bleeding.
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August 21, 2015
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05:25 EDTNVSNovartis acquires all remaining rights to Ofatumumab from GSK
Novartis (NVS) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all remaining rights to Ofatumumab from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Ofatumumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody which targets CD20, is being developed for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, or RRMS, and other autoimmune indications. Novartis previously acquired the rights to Ofatumumab for oncology indications and it is marketed under the brand name Arzerra. Novartis will be responsible for the worldwide development, regulatory and commercialization activities for Ofatumumab. Under the terms of the agreement, Novartis will make an initial upfront payment of $300M to GSK for the acquisition of the compound and a further payment of $200M payable following the start of a phase III study in MS by Novartis. Upon completion of pre-determined milestones, contingent payments of up to $534M may be made. Novartis will also pay royalties of up to 12% to GSK on any future net sales of Ofatumumab in autoimmune conditions.
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09:19 EDTNVSPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:03 EDTMRKMerck says FDA accepts sBLA for Keytruda
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