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Bexion Pharmaceuticals Early-Stage Cancer Drug Being Hailed as Game Changer

Bexion Pharmaceuticals and the drugmaker’s investigational cancer treatment BXQ-350 is receiving lots of mainstream media coverage as a potential game changer.

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JHL Biotech Receives Positive CHMP Scientific Advice for Global Phase III Clinical Trial of Proposed Bevacizumab Biosimilar to Treat Lung Cancer

JHL Biotech received a positive Scientific Advice from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency related to the EU approval pathway for its proposed bevacizumab biosimilar JHL1149 to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

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Top 200 Medicines Annual Report 2018: Blockbusters thriving despite tumultuous climate

There were as many billion-dollar brands in 2017 as there have been in any other calendar year despite the cratering effects of massive patent cliffs in 2012 and 2015.

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Novartis launches storytelling app for neuroendocrine tumor community

Novartis launched its Galaxies of Hope app, a unique digital experience created to support the neuroendocrine tumor community.

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Diet soft drinks tied to lower odds of colon cancer recurrence

Colon cancer patients who drink one or more servings of artificially sweetened beverages a day have roughly half the risk of their cancer recurring compared to those who drink few or none of these beverages, a U.S. study suggests.

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Breast Cancer Device Receives FDA Approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first non-radioactive, dual-tracer for sentinel lymph node biopsy.

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European Commission Approves Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo For Adjuvant Therapy Melanoma Indication

The European Commission approved Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo (nivolumab) for the adjuvant treatment of adult patients with melanoma with involvement of lymph nodes or metastatic disease who have undergone complete resection.

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FDA approves first treatment for rare adrenal tumors

The FDA approved Azedra injection for intravenous use for treating patients age 12 and older with rare tumors of the adrenal gland that cannot be surgically removed, have spread beyond the original tumor site and require systemic anticancer therapy.

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BioLineRx, Merck Expand Immuno-Oncology Collaboration in Pancreatic Cancer

BioLineRx Ltd. announced the expansion of its immuno-oncology collaboration with Merck & Co. Inc. for the support of a Phase 2a program investigating BioLineRx’s BL-8040 in combination with Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

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Roche Q2 2018 Financials: “Firing on All Cylinders”

Switzerland-based Roche announced a strong second quarterly report with a 7 percent increase in group sales for the first half of 2018 and a 20 percent increase in its core EPS.

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New drugs shine as AstraZeneca treads path back to growth

AstraZeneca’s new drugs performed strongly in second-quarter 2018, offering a glimpse of better times ahead as the company struggles with falling sales of the cholesterol fighter Crestor due to generic competition.

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Takeda’s Alunbrig Shows Superiority Over Pfizer’s Xalkori in Some Lung Cancer Patients

Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Alunbrig (brigatinib) hit its Phase III primary endpoints of statistically significant improvement in progression-free survival compared to Pfizer’s Xalkori (crizotinib) in a subset of lung cancer patients following the first pre-specified interim analysis.

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Celgene Reports Promising Data For Revlimid-Rituximab Combination For Relapsed/Refractory Indolent Lymphoma

Celgene Corporation announced results from a phase III, randomized, double-blind, international clinical study AUGMENT showing that Revlimid (lenalidomide) plus rituximab (R2) achieved a highly statistically significant improvement in the primary endpoint of progression-free survival compared to rituximab plus placebo, in the final PFS analysis.

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BeiGene To Pursue U.S. Accelerated Approval Of Zanubrutinib In Waldenström Macroglobulinemia

BeiGene Ltd. announced that the commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company’s investigational BTK inhibitor zanubrutinib was granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia.

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Mersana’s cancer drug trial put on hold by FDA; shares halted

Mersana Therapeutics said on Thursday an early-stage trial testing the company’s lead cancer drug was put on partial hold by the U.S. FDA after a patient’s death was possibly linked to the treatment.

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Novartis Halts Planned Price Increases For Drugs Amid Scrutiny of Relationship With Trump Attorney

Novartis is halting planned price increases on the Swiss pharma giant’s medications after President Donald Trump took Pfizer to task over price hikes, with Pfizer subsequently agreeing to roll back the company’s price increases.

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Revolution Medicines Reaches Potential $500 Million Oncology Collaboration With Sanofi

In April 2018, Bay Area biotech Revolution Medicines completed its pivot from a company focused on antifungal treatments to an oncology business. Revolution’s shift paid off with a development deal worth up to $500 million with Sanofi.

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Johnson & Johnson profit beat fueled by strength in pharma business

J&J topped analysts’ estimates for Q2 2018 profit and revenue with strong demand for the cancer drugs Zytiga and Darzalex.

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J&J vows to overturn $4.7 billion talc verdict but experts see hurdles

Johnson & Johnson vowed to appeal a $4.7 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who claim asbestos-contaminated talc in the company’s products gave them ovarian cancer by arguing the plaintiffs’ science was flawed and the case should not have been heard in Missouri.

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U.S. FDA Approves Xtandi for Treatment of Men with Non-Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Astellas Pharma Inc. and Pfizer Inc. announced the U.S. FDA approved a supplemental New Drug Application for Xtandi (enzalutamide), following FDA Priority Review designation.

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