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U.S. states sue to block Trump Obamacare subsidies cut

Eighteen U.S. states sued President Donald Trump’s administration to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal.

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Alecensa wins EU panel’s nod against lung cancer

Swiss drugmaker Roche’s Alecensa was recommended for approval in Europe as a first-line treatment for mutated lung cancer.

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CHMP Issues a Positive Opinion on Janssen’s Zytiga to Include Earlier Stage Prostate Cancer Patients

Janssen-Cilag International NV announced that the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use recommended broadening the existing marketing authorization for Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) plus prednisone/prednisolone to include an earlier stage of prostate cancer than its current indications.

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FDA Responds to Antares Pharma’s Xyosted NDA

The U.S. FDA identified unnamed deficiencies in Antares Pharma’s NDA for Xyosted that halted discussion of labeling and postmarketing requirements.

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Massachusetts’ Biostage Slashes 71 Percent of Staff, Evaluating Strategic Alternatives

An investor decision to renege on acquiring more than $3 million worth of stock has created a financial catastrophe for Biostage Inc. To maintain operations, the company is terminating 17 employees, about 71 percent of its workforce.

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Trump scraps key Obamacare subsidies, urges Democrats to fix ‘broken mess’

President Donald Trump urged Democrats to make a deal with him on healthcare after he scrapped billions of dollars in Obamacare subsidies to private health insurers for low-income Americans in a move that raised concerns about chaos in insurance markets and could face legal challenges.

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Allergan settles with one of four companies contesting Restasis patent

Allergan Plc said it reached a settlement with InnoPharma Inc., one of the four generic drugmakers challenging the patents for its dry eye medication Restasis in federal court.

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FDA panel backs gene therapy for rare blindness form

Spark Therapeutics Inc.’s experimental gene therapy for a rare form of blindness improves vision and should be approved, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration concluded, paving the way for the first U.S. gene therapy for an inherited disease.

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NIH partners 11 drugmakers to accelerate cancer therapy research

The National Institutes of Health said it had partnered 11 biopharma companies to help advance a new class of drugs that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer.

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FDA rejects AcelRx Pharma’s opioid painkiller

Shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals plunged more than 60 percent after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its opioid painkiller Dsuvia.

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