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February 7, 2013
10:16 EDTLLY, PFE, ELN, JNJFDA offers new guidance on developing drugs for Alzheimer’s disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal designed to assist companies developing new treatments for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, before the onset of noticeable dementia. The draft guidance titled, “Guidance for Industry, Alzheimer’s Disease: Developing Drugs for the Treatment of Early Stage Disease,” explains the FDA’s current thinking about the way researchers can identify and select patients with early Alzheimer’s disease, or those who are at risk of developing the disease, for participation in clinical trials. For drugs designed to treat patients with overt dementia, the FDA currently requires that treatments not only show an effect on abnormal thinking, but also how well patients function. The goal for these trials is to ensure that any beneficial effect on thinking is associated with a clinically meaningful outcome for the patient, e.g., improvement or lack of decline in how patients feel or function. However, because patients with early Alzheimer’s disease have little-to-no impairment of global functioning, it is difficult to assess changes in function in these patients. This can make it difficult to determine if a given treatment’s effect is clinically important. FDA said it is seeking public comment on the draft guidance for 60 days. Bapineuzumab, an experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, is being developed jointly by Pfizer (PFE) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Elan (ELN) also has a financial stake in the drug. Eli Lilly (LLY) is also developing solanezumab, an antibody against beta amyloid, a suspected underlying contributor to the disease's development.
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December 15, 2014
10:19 EDTPFEOPKO Health soars after entering hGP-CTP agreement with Pfizer
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09:03 EDTPFEBaxter to divest Vero cell vaccines platform to Nanotherapeutics
Baxter International (BAX) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its proprietary Vero cell technology and related assets, including its production facility in Bohumil, Czech Republic, to Nanotherapeutics, Inc. Financial details were not disclosed. The agreement with Nanotherapeutics includes all assets related to the platform, including vaccines for H5N1, H1N1 and seasonal influenza. The agreement also includes investigational vaccine programs for Ross River virus, Chikungunya disease and West Nile virus. In recent weeks, the company has also completed the sale of its commercial vaccines business and related manufacturing facilities to Pfizer (PFE).
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer, OPKO Health enter into global agreement for hGH-CTP
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December 12, 2014
14:01 EDTJNJGenOn Energy to receive $3M milestone payment in Janssen collaboration
Genmab announced it has reached a milestone in its DuoBody technology platform collaboration with Janssen Biotech (JNJ), triggering a $3M payment. The milestone payment is for pre-clinical progress with a DuoBody product candidate targeting cancer. Today's news will not impact Genmab's 2014 financial guidance.
12:52 EDTLLYEli Lilly: FDA expands approved use of Cyramza to treat lung cancer
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December 11, 2014
10:13 EDTLLYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:40 EDTLLYEli Lilly upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Eli Lilly two notches to Overweight from Underweight. The firm has increased confidence in Eli Lilly's pipeline investments following recent external data in Alzheimer's and atherosclerosis and now expects potential evacetrapib peak sales of $3B and solanezumab peak sales of $10B. Price target raised to $85 from $60.
06:22 EDTLLYEli Lilly upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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December 10, 2014
08:31 EDTPFETeva announces launch of first generic Celebrex capsules in the U.S.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) announces the launch of the first FDA-approved generic equivalent to Celebrex Capsules in the United States. Teva is offering 50, 100, 200, and 400 mg strengths of Celecoxib Capsules. Celebrex Capsules, marketed by Pfizer (PFE) had annual sales of approximately $2.56B in the United States, according to IMS data as of October 2014.
07:38 EDTPFEMylan launches generic version of Pfizer's Celebrex capsules
Mylan (MYL) announced the U.S. launch of its Celecoxib Capsules, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg, and 400 mg, one of the first available generic versions of Pfizer's (PFE) Celebrex Capsules, indicated for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, and for the management of acute pain in adults. Celecoxib Capsules had U.S. sales of approximately $2.5B for the 12 months ending September 30, 2014.
December 9, 2014
12:22 EDTPFEPiper Jaffray biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Senior Research Analyst Schimmer, along with Biopharmaceuticals Analyst Breazzano, discuss gene therapy for hemophilia on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 11 at 10 am.
10:32 EDTPFEPfizer says in talks with FDA on path forward for Mylotarg
Pfizer announced the presentation of encouraging early- and late-stage data from clinical studies across several hematologic malignancies, including acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and chronic myeloid leukemia. Among the highlights are results from several investigator-led, large, randomized studies evaluating the antibody-drug conjugate MYLOTARG in select adult AML populations. Research was presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Francisco, December 6-9. Mace Rothenberg, senior vice president of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs and chief medical officer for Pfizer Oncology, said “In particular, we are encouraged by the significant clinical evidence emerging from large randomized trials, such as AML-19 and ALFA-0701, demonstrating a positive impact of MYLOTARG when added to standard first-line treatment for patients with acute myeloid leukemia. We are engaging in discussions with the U.S. FDA and other health authorities to determine the best path forward for MYLOTARG. In addition, we plan to initiate an expanded access protocol for the therapy by the end of 2014 in the United States in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia for whom there are no other treatment options.”
07:44 EDTLLY, PFEAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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07:11 EDTLLYEli Lilly and Incyte announce Phase 3 RA-BEACON study met primary endpoint
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05:50 EDTJNJPharmacyclics data demonstrates safety, durability response
New, 27-month IMBRUVICA median follow-up data announced by Pharmacyclics (PCYC) support the use of IMBRUVICA over longer periods of time in patients with relapsed/refractory mantle cell lymphoma, or MCL, an aggressive type of lymphoma. More than 30% of IMBRUVICA patients remained progression-free after two years with no new or unexpected adverse events occurring during that time. Nearly half of the 111 patients treated were still living at the time of the data analysis. A second Phase II trial looked at IMBRUVICA's efficacy and safety as a single-agent treatment for MCL patients who previously had received rituximab combination therapy and at least two cycles of bortezomib. IMBRUVICA combination therapy resulted in an 88% overall response rate in MCL patients with a complete response rate of 40%. IMBRUVICA is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, a unit of Johnson and Johnson (JNJ).
05:43 EDTJNJPharmacyclics reports IMBRUVICA data shows 84% PFS rate at one year
Pharmacyclics (PCYC) announced new, longer term data in IMBRUVICA patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, including high-risk CLL patients with deletion 17p. Results from the Phase III RESONATE trial demonstrated an 84% progression-free survival, or PFS, rate in all patients with previously treated CLL or small lymphocytic lymphoma, or SLL, who received IMBRUVICA and a 94% PFS rate in patients who received only one prior therapy at 12 months. Separately, follow-up data was reported from Phase II RESONATE-17, or PCYC-1117, the largest prospective trial dedicated to studying CLL or SLL patients with del 17p. The data showed that IMBRUVICA was associated with an 83% overall response rate, or ORR, at a median follow up of 11.5 months. At 12 months, the estimated PFS was 79%. These results and additional data were presented here at the 56th American Society of Hematology, or ASH, Annual Meeting, highlighting IMBRUVICA's sustained efficacy in relapsed/refractory patients who have received at least one prior therapy. IMBRUVICA combination therapy resulted in an 88% overall response rate in MCL patients with a complete response rate of 40%. IMBRUVICA is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, a unit of Johnson and Johnson (JNJ).
05:27 EDTJNJPharmacyclics IMBRUVICA Phase II combination data shows positive profile
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December 8, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEPfizer, Bristol-Myers announce results of human study on Eliquis
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) and Pfizer (PFE) announced results of the first human study evaluating the reversal of the anticoagulant effect of Eliquis by 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrates in healthy subjects. The study results demonstrated that both PCCs, Sanquin’s Cofact and CSL Behring’s Beriplex P/N reversed the steady-state pharmacodynamic effects of Eliquis in several coagulation assessments, including endogenous thrombin potential. The full data will be presented today during the Antithrombotic Therapy: Anticoagulant Therapy session at the 56th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Francisco, CA. The study was an open label, randomized, placebo-controlled, three-period crossover study in 15 healthy, adult subjects. Within each period, subjects received Eliquis 10 mg twice daily. On day four, three hours after Eliquis administration, subjects received a 30-minute infusion of 4-factor PCCs, either 50 IU/kg Cofact or Beriplex P/N, or an equivalent volume of saline solution. The effect of Cofact and Beriplex P/N on the pharmacodynamics of Eliquis was based upon changes in endogenous thrombin potential, a measure of thrombin-mediated coagulation. Treatment periods were separated by an 11-day washout, after which the alternate treatment was administered. In this study, no serious adverse events, bleeding-related events or signs of thrombosis were reported with Eliquis administration with or without PCC treatment. Overall, these data demonstrate that Cofact and Beriplex P/N reversed the steady-state pharmacodynamic effects of Eliquis as measured by ETP and support further evaluation of PCCs in the management of patients treated with Eliquis who require reversal of its anticoagulant effect.
08:10 EDTLLYLilly, Anthem, HealthCore form five-year research collaboration
Eli Lilly and Company (LLY), Anthem (ANTM) and HealthCore, Inc. announced that they have formed a five-year, real-world evidence research collaboration intended to improve health outcomes for patients. The companies will jointly develop and conduct research projects in health outcomes and real-world evidence in areas of mutual interest. Each party will bring distinct and valuable contributions to the collaboration, including the U.S. provider and patient environment, research capabilities, therapeutics and methods expertise, and integrated, researchable data. The collaboration allows the organizations to explore research opportunities across disease states and incorporate surveys and other information from providers and patients.
08:03 EDTPFEPfizer announces agreement with Spark Therapeutics to develop SPK-FIX
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