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August 4, 2014
07:25 EDTAZN, GSK, PFEBerenberg feels Pfizer offer for Glaxo has some 'merits,' Reuters says
Analysts at Berenberg Bank feel that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) could be too big for Pfizer (PFE) to deal with, but the acquisition could be a potential "plan B" after Pfizer failed to gain AstraZeneca (AZN), according to Reuters, citing comments from the analysts. The analysts said, "GSK may just be too large for Pfizer to handle, but as a plan B it has some merits." Reference Link
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August 31, 2015
09:11 EDTPFEEuropean Society of Cardiology
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August 27, 2015
17:38 EDTPFES&P announces changes to S&P 500 index
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07:51 EDTAZNRoche catching up fast to Bristol-Myers in immuno-oncology, says Jefferies
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07:24 EDTPFEPfizer shares even more compelling after recent weakness, says Piper Jaffray
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06:55 EDTPFEHospira sees merger closing on or about September 3
Hospira (HSP) said in a regulatory filing that on August 21, Hospira and Pfizer (PFE) received clearance from the U.S. FTC, relating to the pending merger of Hospira with Perkins Holding Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pfizer. All required regulatory approvals have now been secured, though the merger remains conditioned upon the expiration of a post-clearance waiting period in one foreign jurisdiction. Hospira expects the merger to close on or about September 3.
August 26, 2015
17:06 EDTGSKGilead AMBITION study results published in New England Journal of Medicine
Gilead Sciences (GILD) announced detailed results from the AMBITION study. In AMBITION, conducted in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), combination therapy with Letairis and tadalafil reduced the risk of clinical failure by 50% compared to the pooled Letairis and tadalafil monotherapy arm. These data were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Letairis, a selective endothelin type-A receptor antagonist, and tadalafil, a PDE5 inhibitor, are each approved in the United States, the European Union and other countries as once-daily treatments for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension with WHO/NYHA functional class II and III symptoms. Letairis is indicated in the U.S. to improve exercise ability and delay clinical worsening and in the EU under the tradename Volibris to improve exercise capacity. Tadalafil 40 mg is indicated in the U.S. and the EU to improve exercise ability and capacity, respectively. Preclinical data have suggested these therapies may have synergistic effects. However, combination use with Letairis and tadalafil is currently not approved.
07:32 EDTPFEPfizer launches Phase 3 trial of targeted therapy for breast cancer patients
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06:16 EDTPFEAlvogen to acquire product portfolio from Pfizer for US market
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August 25, 2015
14:16 EDTPFEMylan launches generic version of Pfizer's Zosyn Injection
Mylan (MYL) announced the U.S. launch of Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection USP, 3.375g Single-dose Vials, which is the generic version of Pfizer's (PFE) Zosyn Injection. This product is a combination penicillin-class antibacterial and beta-lactamase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe infections caused by susceptible isolates of certain bacteria. Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection USP, 3.375g Single-dose Vials had U.S. sales of approximately $72.1M for the 12 months ending June 30, 2015, according to IMS Health. Mylan's launch of this product adds to the company's growing portfolio of more than 145 injectable products available to patients in the U.S. across a broad array of therapeutic categories including oncology, anti-infectives, anesthesia/pain management and cardiovascular.
August 24, 2015
13:15 EDTGSKFDA 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.
12:57 EDTPFEFTC requires Pfizer to sell rights to four products as condition of buying Hospira
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08:16 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer to present new data on Eliquis at ESC Congress 2015
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) and Pfizer Inc. (PFE) announced that 22 abstracts will be presented at the ESC Congress 2015, to be held August 29 to September 2 in London, United Kingdom. The new data reinforce the Alliance's commitment to the ongoing evaluation of Eliquis in both the nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism patient populations. In addition, data from the AEGEAN study evaluating adherence among NVAF patients further extends the Alliance's commitment to patient care.
08:01 EDTPFEPfizer receives clearance from FTC for Hospira acquisition
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05:13 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to collaborate with Peregrine on cancer immunotherapy clinical trial
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August 23, 2015
12:35 EDTPFE, AZNBiotech firms could see 'billions' in sales from new cancer drugs, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
08:01 EDTPFEPfizer says two Phase 3 Trumenba studies met primary endpoints
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05:25 EDTGSKNovartis 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.
August 20, 2015
11:33 EDTAZNLeerink major pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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11:24 EDTPFEPfizer says Ibrance application validated by EMA
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09:23 EDTAZNAdvaxis, MedImmune begin enrollment in axalimogene filolisbac Phase I/II study
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