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April 6, 2014
13:46 EDTPFEPfizer's palbociclib significantly prolonged PFS in metastatic breast cancer
Pfizer announced detailed results from the PALOMA-1 study, a randomized Phase 2 study of palbociclib, PD-0332991, in combination with letrozole. PALOMA-1 achieved its primary endpoint by significantly prolonging progression-free survival, PFS, compared with letrozole alone in post-menopausal women with estrogen receptor positive, ER+, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative, HER2-, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer. For women treated with the combination of palbociclib plus letrozole, the median PFS was 20.2 months, a statistically significant improvement compared to the 10.2 months of PFS in women who received letrozole alone. These data will be presented by Dr. Richard S. Finn, associate professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2014 in San Diego. "These data demonstrate the potential of palbociclib to be a major advance in the treatment of women with this type of advanced breast cancer," said Dr. Mace Rothenberg, senior vice president of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs and chief medical officer for Pfizer Oncology. "We are proud to be at the forefront of research and development with respect to this promising new class of investigational anticancer agents and have initiated a broad clinical development program for palbociclib that includes breast and non-breast cancers." Final results for the secondary efficacy endpoints of duration of treatment and clinical benefit rate demonstrated superiority in the palbociclib plus letrozole arm compared to the letrozole-only arm. Per the PALOMA-1 trial protocol, an initial assessment of overall survival, OS, a secondary endpoint, was also performed. Based on the events at the time of the assessment, a median OS of 37.5 months was observed in the combination arm versus 33.3 months for those who received letrozole alone, a difference of 4.2 months. This OS observation at the time of final PFS analysis was not statistically significant. A follow-up OS analysis will be conducted following the accrual of additional events.
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August 27, 2014
06:42 EDTPFEPfizer initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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August 26, 2014
08:01 EDTPFEPfizer, Merck to collaborate on study evaluating anti-cancer combination regimen
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August 25, 2014
06:29 EDTPFEPfizer mulls possible AstraZeneca offer options, FT says
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August 22, 2014
14:19 EDTPFEViiV Healthcare receives FDA approval for HIV-1 treatment Triumeq
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August 21, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer announce approval of Eliquis for treatment of DVT, PE
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09:54 EDTPFEPotential Pfizer, AstraZeneca deal seen around year-end, Reuters says
Investors and analysts see Pfizer (PFE) making another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN) around year-end, even though talks between the two can resume on August 26 per British takeover rules, Reuters reports. Reference Link
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer initiates U.S. EAP for palbociclib.
Pfizer announced that the company has initiated a multi-center, open-label expanded access program in the U.S. for palbociclib. Through the program, palbociclib is being made available for use in combination with letrozole for post-menopausal women with hormone receptor positive human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer for whom letrozole is considered appropriate therapy.
07:55 EDTPFEActavis volatility expected to move on Pfizer considering new target report
Actavis (ACT) volatility is expected to move on Pfizer (PFE) considering other overseas alternatives, Bloomberg reports. Overall option implied volatility of 27 is near its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:47 EDTPFEPfizer looking at new targets, including Actavis, Bloomberg reports
While it weighs another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN), Pfizer is considering other overseas alternatives, including Actavis (ACT), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Pfizer prefers to reach a deal with AstraZeneca, and a move on another company is unlikely "anytime soon," Bloomberg adds, citing its sources. Shares of Actavis are rising 3%, or $6.65, to $230.01 in pre-market trading, while AstraZeneca is up 2% to $72.59. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
08:03 EDTPFEBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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August 18, 2014
11:41 EDTPFECubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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08:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces submission of Palbociclib NDA to FDA
Pfizer announced it has completed the submission of a New Drug Application to the United States Food and Drug Administration for palbociclib. This NDA requests FDA approval of palbociclib, in combination with letrozole, for the treatment of postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer who have not received previous systemic treatment for their advanced disease. The submission is based on the final results of PALOMA-1, a randomized, Phase 2 trial comparing palbociclib plus letrozole versus letrozole alone in this population of patients. Palbociclib received Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA in April 2013, for the first-line systemic treatment of women with advanced or metastatic ER+, HER2- breast cancer. This designation was based on interim data from the PALOMA-1 trial. The FDA has a 60-day filing review period to determine whether the NDA is complete and acceptable for filing. Pfizer will communicate the Agency’s decision.
07:57 EDTPFECambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
August 14, 2014
17:05 EDTPFEPfizer says FDA accepted for review BLA for bivalent recombinant LP2086
Pfizer announced that the FDA has accepted for review the Biologics License Application,BLA, for bivalent recombinant LP2086, the company’s vaccine candidate for the prevention of invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in 10 through 25 year olds. The FDA has also granted Priority Review designation for the BLA, providing an anticipated Prescription Drug User Fee Act, PDUFA, action date of February 14, 2015. “Pfizer has closely collaborated with the FDA since 2008 to develop our meningococcal B vaccine candidate with the intent to help prevent this devastating disease,” said Dr. Emilio Emini, senior vice president of Vaccine Research and Development for Pfizer. “Both the acceptance of Pfizer’s Biologics License Application today, and its Priority Review designation, are significant regulatory milestones that underscore the importance of our efforts to expedite the approval and subsequent availability of our meningococcal B vaccine for U.S. adolescents.”

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