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June 1, 2014
15:54 EDTJNJ, GSK, PCYCPharmacyclics announces trial results of Imbruvica vs. ofatumumab
Pharmacyclics (PCYC) announced trial results of the first Phase III study, RESONATE, PCYC-1112-CA, a head-to-head comparison of IMBRUVICA, ibrutinib, versus ofatumumab in patients with previously treated chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma, CLL/SLL. Patients receiving IMBRUVICA realized a significant improvement in progression free survival, PFS, overall survival, OS, and overall response rate, ORR, as compared to patients receiving ofatumumab (GSK). The RESONATE data will be discussed in the official Press Program by lead investigator Dr. John Byrd from The Ohio State University Medical Center at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO, Annual Meeting in Chicago. This release corresponds to abstract LBA7008. IMBRUVICA is being jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech (JNJ).
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July 2, 2015
18:37 EDTGSKViiV, Desano enter strategic manufacturing agreement for Tivicay
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July 1, 2015
16:33 EDTJNJGilead submits NDA to FDA for single tablet regimen for HIV containing R/F/TAF
Gilead Sciences (GILD) announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to the FDA for an investigational, once-daily single tablet regimen that combines Gileadís emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir alafenamide, or TAF, 25 mg with rilpivirine 25 mg, or R/F/TAF, from Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older. The data submitted in the NDA support the use of R/F/TAF among patients who are HIV treatment-naÔve or who are virologically suppressed and want to replace their current antiretroviral treatment regimen. A Priority Review voucher acquired from Knight Therapeutics in November 2014 was submitted to the FDA along with the R/F/TAF NDA. Under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, or PDUFA, the anticipated target action date for the R/F/TAF NDA is six months after the FDAís acceptance of the filing. TAF is a novel, investigational nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or NRTI, that has demonstrated high antiviral efficacy at a dose less than one-tenth that of Gileadís Viread, as well as improved renal and bone laboratory parameters as compared to TDF in clinical trials in combination with other antiretroviral agents. In addition to R/F/TAF, two other TAF-based HIV treatments are also under FDA review.
June 26, 2015
10:38 EDTGSKCourt revives lawsuit over GlaxoSmithKline Lamictal drug, Bloomberg reports
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June 25, 2015
14:01 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline initiated with a Buy at HSBC
Price target GBP 17.
June 24, 2015
13:37 EDTGSKGSK says CDC committee votedfor meningococcal group B vaccines
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted for a Category B recommendation for meningococcal group B vaccination, including Bexsero, in individuals aged 16 to 23. Bexsero was approved by the FDA in January for use in individuals aged 10 through 25 years and acquired by GSK in March following the closure of the three-part transaction with Novartis (NVS).
June 23, 2015
07:25 EDTGSKPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
07:01 EDTGSKPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizerís portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizerís legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.

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