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January 24, 2014
05:48 EDTRHHBY, GSK, AZN, NVS, PFE, JNJ, LLY, SNYDrug firms again focus on R&D for antibiotics, WSJ reports
Over the past 15 years, drug companies left antibiotic development due to high R&D costs, poor returns and growing regulations. Now, they're finding that it's again important to search for new antibiotics as so-called superbugs increase, reports the Wall Street Journal.Reference Link
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October 17, 2014
16:41 EDTPFEPfizer confirms FDA labeling approval for EMBEDA capsules
Pfizer announced that the FDA has approved an updated label for EMBEDA extended-release capsules, for oral use to include abuse-deterrence studies. The updated label states that EMBEDA has properties that are expected to reduce abuse via the oral and intranasal routes when crushed. However, abuse of EMBEDA by these routes is still possible. The updated label also includes data from a human abuse potential study of intravenous, or IV, morphine and naltrexone to simulate crushed EMBEDA. However, it is unknown whether the results with simulated crushed EMBEDA predict a reduction in abuse by the IV route until additional postmarketing data are available. EMBEDA is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Pfizer expects EMBEDA will be available in the U.S. in early 2015.
16:30 EDTPFEFDA approves new labeling from Embeda extended-release capsules
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14:50 EDTNVS, GSKBARDA asks labs to ramp up Zmapp production, Reuters says
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11:17 EDTGSKGSK says Ebola vaccine too late for current epidemic, BBC reports
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09:06 EDTSNYAmgen files patent infringement lawsuit against Sanofi, Regeneron
Amgen (AMGN) announced that it filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Delaware against Sanofi (SNY), Aventisub, formerly doing business as Aventis Pharmaceuticals, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) for patent infringement of U.S. Patent Numbers 8,563,698, 8,829,165, and 8,859,741. These patents, which are owned by Amgen, describe and claim monoclonal antibodies to proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9, or PCSK9. By its complaint, Amgen seeks an injunction to prevent the infringing manufacture, use and sale of Sanofi and Regeneron's alirocumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. Sanofi and Regeneron recently announced that they have completed Phase 3 clinical trials on alirocumab and intend to pursue regulatory approval to market alirocumab in the U.S. Amgen previously announced submission of a Biologics License Application to the FDA for evolocumab, its own investigational human monoclonal antibody to PCSK9, for the treatment of high cholesterol, on Aug. 28.
08:57 EDTJNJPharmacyclics price target raised to $188 from $185 at Roth Capital
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08:51 EDTJNJPharmacyclics announces European approval for Imbruvica
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08:02 EDTJNJCovidien granted preliminary injunction against Ethicon's Harmonic ACE+7
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October 16, 2014
14:47 EDTRHHBY, JNJRoche in pact with Pharmacyclics to evaluate Imbruvica, Gazyva combo
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14:36 EDTLLYLilly to close Guayama facility, will take 16c charge in Q4
Eli Lilly announced plans to conclude production and pursue a sale of one of its three manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico. The manufacturing site, located in Guayama, Puerto Rico, will remain in operation until the end of 2015. All of the approximately 100 full-time non-contracted employees currently working in Guayama will be offered employment at Lilly's Carolina, Puerto Rico, location. As a result of this action, the company expects to record a charge of approximately $170M or approximately 16c per share, after tax, in Q414. While Lilly will initiate efforts to sell the Guayama site, the company will continue to invest in two manufacturing plants at Carolina. In November 2013, Lilly announced a $200M investment to increase capacity in its Carolina-based insulin active ingredient manufacturing plant. In July, Lilly announced an additional $40M in investments to increase capabilities at its Carolina-based drug product site as part of a rebalancing of Lilly's oral solid dosage network.
13:13 EDTRHHBYRoche considers submitting Ebola test for emergency use approval, WSJ says
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09:35 EDTRHHBYDiplomat announces contract to distribute Esbriet
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08:38 EDTPFEBaxter expects divestiture of vaccines business to Pfizer to close in Q4
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08:19 EDTSNYSanofi Pasteur, Immune Design enter collaboration HSV therapy
Immune Design (IMDZ) announced that it has entered into a broad collaboration for the development of a herpes simplex virus, or HSV, immune therapy with Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi (SNY). Sanofi Pasteur and Immune Design will each contribute product candidates to the collaboration: Sanofi Pasteur will contribute HSV-529, a clinical-stage replication-defective HSV vaccine product candidate, and Immune Design will contribute G103, its preclinical trivalent vaccine product candidate. The collaboration will explore the potential of various combinations of agents, including leveraging Immune Design's GLAASTM platform, with the goal to select the best potential immune therapy for patients. The two companies will develop the products jointly through Phase 2 clinical trials, at which point Sanofi Pasteur intends to continue development of the most promising candidate and be responsible for commercialization. Sanofi Pasteur will bear the costs of all preclinical and clinical development, with Immune Design providing a specific formulation of GLA from the GLAAS platform at its cost through Phase 2 studies. Immune Design will be eligible to receive future milestone and royalty payments on any product developed from the collaboration; other financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
08:08 EDTPFEActavis confirms generic Quillivant XR patent challenge
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07:28 EDTPFEFDA to hold a joint advisory committee meeting on Chantix
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05:58 EDTRHHBYRoche sees FY14 core EPS targeted to grow ahead of sales
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05:56 EDTRHHBYRoche reports 9 month revenue CHF34.76B vs. CHF34.87B last year
Roche CEO Severin Schwan said: “Demand for our products is strong in both divisions and we are well on track to reach our full-year targets. We have had positive news from our product pipeline, including study results for Perjeta in breast cancer and a new combination therapy with Zelboraf in melanoma. The InterMune acquisition has also strengthened our portfolio with a new medicine, Esbriet for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which has now been approved by the FDA. In Diagnostics, growth continues to be driven by the immunodiagnostics business and we have strengthened our molecular diagnostics portfolio with a new generation of testing systems.”
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