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December 27, 2012
08:21 EDTRHHBY, GSK, VVUS, OREX, ARNAU.S. market gets wave of new weight loss drugs, FT reports
The U.S. market has had only one prescription weight loss drug for several years, Roche’s (RHHBY) Xenical, which is also sold over-the-counter by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as Alli, but that drug has recently been joined by Vivus' (VVUS) Qsymia and Arena (ARNA) is set to launch Belviq shortly, reported Financial Times. Orexigen (OREX) is also preparing to re-submit its Contrave weight loss drug for a new regulatory review. The report on the resurgence of weight loss drug development noted that Vivus' CEO foresees the potential for using direct-to-consumer advertising and a larger scale sales force to market Qsymia, which would likely require a big pharma partner. Reference Link
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November 25, 2015
11:29 EDTGSKStudy says Valeant, others exploding dermatology drug prices, WSJ reports
The JAMA Dermatology journal published a new study that found that retail prices of 19 dermatologic prescription drugs increased fivefold on average between 2009 and 2015, reported The Wall Street Journal. Targretin, marketed by Valeant (VRX), jumped to $30,320 this year from $15,708 last year and $1,687 in 2009, the study found, but "It's not just Valeant," said lead author Miranda Rosenberg. Prices for drugs made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Novartis (NVS) at least doubled or tripled over the same time frame, the report noted. Reference Link
November 24, 2015
11:16 EDTGSKAdaptimmune initiates Phase I/II trial of affinity enhanced T-cell therapy
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November 23, 2015
08:08 EDTGSKIdera Pharmaceuticals announces partnership with GSK
Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA) announced it has entered into an exclusive worldwide collaboration and license agreement with GSK (GSK) to research, develop and commercialize selected molecules from Idera's 3rd generation antisense platform for the treatment of selected targets in renal disease. Under the terms of the agreement, Idera is eligible to receive approximately $100M in development and regulatory milestone payments, including a $2.5M upfront payment. Additionally, Idera is eligible to receive royalties on all sales upon commercialization at varying rates up to five percent on annual net sales in excess of $500M.
November 22, 2015
15:14 EDTRHHBYExelixis confirms Phase 3 data on Cotellic with Zelboraf for melanoma
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15:09 EDTRHHBYGenentech reports data on Cotellic with Zelboraf for treatment of melanoma
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced data from the pivotal coBRIM study, showing that Cotellic, or cobimetinib, in combination with Zelboraf, or vemurafenib, helped people with BRAF V600E and V600K mutation-positive unresectable or metastatic melanoma live "significantly longer" than with Zelboraf alone, according to the company. Cotellic plus Zelboraf reduced the risk of death by 30% compared to Zelboraf alone and helped people live a median of nearly two years, with 74.5% of BRAF V600 patients alive at one year and 48.3% alive at two years. Ongoing study monitoring did not identify any new safety signals. The company noted that an approval decision on Cotellic from the European Commission is expected before year end.
November 18, 2015
08:28 EDTRHHBYLeerink to hold a bus tour
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08:11 EDTRHHBY, GSKIMS Health forecasts global drug spending to increase 30% by 2020 to $1.4T
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November 17, 2015
07:34 EDTRHHBYOphthotech to hold a conference call
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06:08 EDTRHHBYRoche subsidiary to participate in Ophthotech and Novartis agreement
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November 13, 2015
10:18 EDTRHHBYRoche receives FDA approval for cobas EGFR mutation test
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09:34 EDTRHHBYFDA approves Roche's cobas EGFR Mutation Test
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November 12, 2015
16:35 EDTOREXOrexigen files to sell 25M shares of common stock for holders
11:50 EDTRHHBYRoche to restructure manufacturing network for small molecules
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