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March 31, 2014
13:41 EDTNVS, MRKNovartis 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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November 20, 2015
14:41 EDTNVSNY AG leads team of states in $390M settlement with Novartis over kickbacks
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14:00 EDTNVSNY AG leads team of states in $390M settlement with Novartis over kickbacks
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10:52 EDTNVSFDA approves new oral medication to treat multiple myeloma
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November 19, 2015
06:34 EDTMRKEli Lilly, Merck expand immuno-oncology collaboration
Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK) announced the extension of an existing collaboration to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the combination of Lilly's Alimta and Merck's Keytruda in a pivotal Phase III study in first-line nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC. The study will be sponsored by Merck and will be open to patients with NSCLC in the first-line setting, regardless of PD-L1 status. Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed. The expansion of this oncology clinical trial collaboration comes following the release of encouraging data from a Phase I study, presented earlier this year at the 16th World Congress on Lung Cancer, which evaluated pemetrexed, carboplatin and pembrolizumab in first-line nonsquamous NSCLC.
November 18, 2015
08:11 EDTMRK, NVSIMS Health forecasts global drug spending to increase 30% by 2020 to $1.4T
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07:43 EDTNVSJefferies to hold a conference
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07:01 EDTMRKThreshold enters into definitive co-promotion agreement with Merck
Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD) announced that it finalized a definitive Co-Promotion Agreement for evofosfamide with Merck (MRK) pursuant to the companies' License and Co-Development Agreement entered into on February 2, 2012. Under the terms of the License and Co-Development Agreement, Threshold may co-promote evofosfamide in the U.S. subject to FDA approval of evofosfamide. Evofosfamide is Threshold's investigational hypoxia-activated prodrug, which is currently the subject of two fully enrolled Phase 3 clinical trials in advanced soft tissue sarcoma and advanced pancreatic cancer for which Threshold expects to announce top-line data around the end of 2015. Under the commercial leadership of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, the terms of the License and Co-Development Agreement give Threshold the right, at its own cost, to field and be responsible for its own sales force in collaboration with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany's sales force in the U.S. pursuant to the terms of the new Co-promotion Agreement. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany remains responsible for all other commercial and medical affairs functions associated with the launch and promotion of evofosfamide. The development milestone payment and royalty payment portions of the License and Co-Commercialization Agreement remain the same. To date Threshold has received upfront and milestone payments of $110 million and can earn additional potential milestone payments of up to $440M.
November 17, 2015
16:38 EDTNVSAduro Biotech to delay filing 10-Q
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08:04 EDTMRKMerck to present new KEYTRUDA findings at upcoming congresses
Merck announced that data investigating the use of KEYTRUDA, the company's anti-PD-1 therapy, in advanced non-small cell lung cancer, melanoma, classical Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and ER-positive/HER2-negative breast cancer will be presented at four medical congresses through the end of this year. In total, data from more than 30 abstracts will be presented at the Society for Melanoma Research 2015 Congress in San Francisco, Nov. 18 - 21; the 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 5 - 8; the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Dec. 8 - 12; and the European Society for Medical Oncology Asia 2015 Congress in Singapore, Dec. 18 - 21. By the end of 2015, data on the anti-tumor activity of KEYTRUDA will have been presented across more than 20 tumor types. "The field of immuno-oncology holds great potential across a broad spectrum of cancers," said Dr. Roy Baynes, senior vice president and head of global clinical development, Merck Research Laboratories. "Data for KEYTRUDA being presented at these scientific meetings include a first-time comparison to chemotherapy in advanced non-small cell lung cancer, novel combination data in advanced melanoma as well as first-time data in two additional tumor types, namely multiple myeloma and hormone receptor positive breast cancer, further demonstrating our deep commitment to advancing cancer treatment."
07:34 EDTNVSOphthotech to hold a conference call
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06:08 EDTNVSRoche subsidiary to participate in Ophthotech and Novartis agreement
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05:24 EDTNVSNovartis announces Phase III FLAME head-to-head trial met primary endpoint
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November 16, 2015
08:35 EDTMRKMerck to present Phase 2 hep C therapy data at The Liver Meeting
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07:24 EDTMRKSalomon to hold a conference
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November 15, 2015
15:19 EDTMRKMerck reports integrated analysis of six trials of elbasvir/grazoprevir
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15:15 EDTMRKMerck reports Phase 3 data on elbasvir/grazoprevir in patients injecting drugs
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November 13, 2015
08:02 EDTMRKMerck: DMC recommends anacetrapib study continue with no changes
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November 12, 2015
17:02 EDTMRKMerck Animal Health to Acquire Harrisvaccines
Merck Animal Health and Harrisvaccines announced the companies have entered into an agreement under which Merck Animal Health will acquire Harrisvaccines, a privately-held company that develops, manufactures and sells vaccines for food production and companion animals. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The companies expect the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.
11:50 EDTMRKMerck issues statement regarding CUBICIN patent litigation
Merck issued the following statement regarding the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: "The decision validated the patent for CUBICIN that expires on June 15, 2016, but invalidated four patents with expiration dates in 2019 and 2020. The company is reviewing the decision and is considering its next steps, which may include seeking further review at the Federal Circuit or Supreme Court."
November 11, 2015
07:56 EDTNVSBoston Biotech Conferences to hold a conference
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