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March 25, 2013
07:53 EDTSNY, TEVA, BIIB, NVSRuling on Sanofi MS drug may have implications for Teva, Biogen, Reuters says
Sanofi's (SNY) new multiple sclerosis pill Aubagio won an EU approval recommendation, but the European Medicines Agency refused to give it a "new active substance" designation because it is too similar to an older drug, meaning generic copies could be launched in Europe in as little as three years, reported Reuters, citing a Bernstein analyst. The analyst added that such generics could "wreak havoc" on the rest of the European MS market and could impact drugs from Teva (TEVA), Biogen Idec (BIIB) and Novartis (NVS). Reference Link
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September 12, 2014
08:06 EDTTEVATeva presents new clinical safety data in RRMS patients treated with Laquinimod
Teva (TEVA) and Active Biotech (ACTI) announced new follow-up data evaluating the clinical safety of laquinimod in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, or RRMS, who were treated with laquinimod in Phase II, Phase III and open-label extension studies for two or more years. The pooled safety analysis of the Phase II LAQ/5063 and the Phase III ALLEGRO and BRAVO extension studies supports findings observed in the core studies where currently identified risks were observed within the first months of laquinimod treatment. In the pooled safety analysis, rates of adverse events, or AEs, and serious AEs were lower in the open-label extensions than in the core studies and less than three percent of patients discontinued treatment due to AEs during these extensions. Additionally, shifts to potentially significant laboratory values were considerably lower in patients exposed to at least two years of laquinimod.
08:03 EDTTEVATeva, Active Biotech present laquinimod follow-up data
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07:32 EDTBIIBBiogen, AbbVie announce ZINBRYTA DECIDE Phase 3 study results
Biogen (BIIB) and AbbVie (ABBV) announced the full results from the Phase 3 DECIDE clinical trial, which show ZINBRYTA, dosed subcutaneously once a month, demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in reducing disease activity in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis compared to AVONEX. These results are being presented at the Sixth Triennial Joint Meeting of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis and the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis. Patients on ZINBRYTA demonstrated a statistically significant 45% reduction in annualized relapse rate compared to patients treated with AVONEX. Based on the efficacy and safety data from the ZINBRYTA clinical development program, Biogen Idec and AbbVie plan to file marketing applications for ZINBRYTA with regulatory authorities during 1H15.
05:18 EDTNVSNovartis announces new data confirms high efficacy of Gilenya in achieving NEDA
Novartis announced new analyses presented at the Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting in Boston, USA, which confirmed the high efficacy of Gilenya in achieving 'no evidence of disease activity', or NEDA, in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, or RRMS, across four key disease measures - relapses, MRI lesions, brain shrinkage and disability progression. Specifically, patients taking Gilenya had a more than four-times greater likelihood of achieving NEDA across these four key measures. NEDA is currently defined as having no relapses, MRI lesions and disability progression. These new analyses from the phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II trials reinforce the value of including brain shrinkage to the definition of NEDA. The inclusion of brain shrinkage into the NEDA definition would allow physicians to obtain a more complete assessment of a patient's disease, including the underlying damage in MS.
September 11, 2014
09:31 EDTTEVATeva announces new data from Phase IIIb GLACIER study
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07:31 EDTBIIBBiogen announces 5-year results from TECFIDERA ENDORSE Phase 3 study
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07:31 EDTBIIBBiogen announces new data from Plegridy Phase 3 ADVANCE trial
Biogen Idec announced new data from the second year of its Phase 3 ADVANCE clinical trial that show the positive treatment effects of PLEGRIDY were maintained in people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis beyond the first year of the study. These results were presented at the sixth Triennial Joint Meeting of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis and the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis in Boston. Post-hoc analyses from the two-year, Phase 3 ADVANCE clinical trial confirm that PLEGRIDY’s positive effects on reducing disease activity and disability progression were maintained in year two of the study. A significantly higher proportion of patients taking PLEGRIDY during both years of the study experienced no evidence of disease activity – defined as the absence of clinical and MRI disease activity over two years of treatment – compared to those who switched to PLEGRIDY from placebo. Also, those treated with PLEGRIDY for both years of the study had significant reductions in the risk of 24-week confirmed disability progression compared to patients treated with placebo during the first year. In addition, new data from the second year of ADVANCE show that patients who took PLEGRIDY throughout the study experienced statistically significant improvements in clinical and MRI outcomes – including annualized relapse rate, risk of relapse, risk of 24-week confirmed disability progression, and number of brain lesions – when compared to those who switched to PLEGRIDY after taking placebo for the first year. This new data also showed that the safety profile of PLEGRIDY was consistent between years one and two of the study.
05:27 EDTSNYGenzyme announces positive interim results from Lemtrada extension study
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03:27 EDTTEVATeva Canada announces launch of generic version of Cipralex
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September 10, 2014
14:25 EDTTEVATeva Canada announces launch of generic version of Cipralex
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07:09 EDTSNYAmericas Committee for Treatment & Research in MS to hold a meeting
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05:17 EDTNVSNovartis Gilenya data confirms reducing brain shrinkage matter for MS patients
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September 9, 2014
07:55 EDTNVSOphthotech earlier than expected Novartis payment positive, says Oppenheimer
After Ophthotech (OPHT) received a $50M Phase 3 enrollment payment from Novartis (NVS) earlier than expected, Oppenheimer thinks the payment highlights an underappreciated stock driver for Opthotech, and demonstrates that recent suggestions of Phase 3 enrollment timelines possibly slipping are unwarranted. The firm believes the company is executing well on the Fovista Phase 3 program and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
September 8, 2014
14:16 EDTSNYSanofi announces FDA approval of Menactra vaccine
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12:40 EDTTEVAFTC sues AbbVie over blocking of AndroGel generics
The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal district court charging several pharmaceutical companies with "illegally blocking American consumers’ access to lower-cost versions of the blockbuster drug AndroGel." The FTC's complaint alleges that AbbVie (ABBV) and its partner Besins Healthcare filed baseless patent infringement lawsuits against potential generic competitors to delay the introduction of lower-priced versions of the testosterone replacement drug AndroGel. While the lawsuits were pending, AbbVie then entered into an anticompetitive pay-for-delay settlement agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) to further delay generic drug competition, the FTC claims. Reference Link
09:27 EDTTEVA, NVS, BIIBLeerink biotech analyst holds a luncheon meeting with a conference call
Biotech Analyst Schwartz provides an update on key trends and controversies for marketed MS therapies and discusses new data presented at ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS at a Luncheon Meeting with an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held in Boston on September 11 at 12:15 pm.
08:38 EDTNVSMerus Labs acquires Sintrom from Novartis
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08:02 EDTTEVATeva completes Reslizumab Phase III program
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07:33 EDTNVSOphthotech achieves $50M milestone under ex-agreement with Novartis for Fovista
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07:15 EDTBIIBIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
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