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Trump Signs FTC Law That Allows for Biosimilar Scrutiny

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that requires pharmaceutical companies to provide details of biosimilar deals to the Federal Trade Commission for antitrust scrutiny.

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Merck’s Frazier Joins Growing List of Pharma CEOs Attacking Drug Rebates

Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazier, speaking with the Economic Club of New York, joined a growing list of pharmaceutical chiefs in criticizing the role of middlemen in rising drug prices.

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Seattle Genetics’ Adcetris Has Potential to Change Treatment for T-Cell Lymphoma

Seattle Genetics and development partner Takeda Pharmaceutical announced stellar Phase III data from the ECHELON-2 clinical trial of Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin) for peripheral T-cell lymphoma.

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HIV Treatments That Could Make Redfield’s Prediction a Reality to Defeat AIDS Epidemic

Dr. Robert Redfield, the new head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boldly predicted in April 2018 that the AIDS epidemic can be defeated by 2025. Merck, Janssen and Gilead Sciences all released clinical data for HIV treatments that could make Redfield’s prediction a reality.

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Trio wins chemistry Nobel for work on antibody drugs, smart enzymes

Two Americans and a Briton won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for harnessing the power of evolution to generate novel proteins.

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Impatient patients turn to online ‘buyers club’ for new drugs

Frustrated by delays in new medicines reaching their own country, a small but growing number of patients are turning to an online broker that bills itself as a legal version of the Dallas Buyers Club.

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With Hemlibra, Roche seeks to break into tight hemophilia circle

Swiss drugmaker Roche is breaking into hemophilia A treatment, a $10 billion global market dominated by rivals who have cultivated close ties to sufferers of the genetic bleeding disorder.

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GW Pharma cannabis drug set to hit market following DEA nod

U.S.-listed shares of GW Pharmaceuticals rose 8 percent as the company’s marijuana-based treatment Epidiolex cleared the last hurdle after the Drug Enforcement Administration labeled the drug as having a low abuse potential.

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Roche’s Tecentriq, trailing rival drugs, lifts lung cancer survival

A drug cocktail with Roche’s Tecentriq added two months to small-cell lung cancer patients’ lives, according to a study, aiding the Swiss group’s bid to win approval in a niche disease area before rivals that now dominate the immunotherapy market.

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AstraZeneca buoyed as Imfinzi cuts lung cancer deaths by a third

AstraZeneca’s immunotherapy drug Imfinzi cut the risk of death in patients with mid-stage lung cancer by nearly a third in a closely watched clinical study, reinforcing the case for using the drug in earlier disease.

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Drug shortages may add $230 million to annual U.S. drug costs

Prescription drug shortages may drive up prices twice as much as they would rise with medicines in abundant supply, adding $230 million a year to U.S. drug costs, a new study estimates.

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Spark’s blindness therapy gets European panel nod

A European Medicines Agency panel recommended approval of Spark Therapeutics’ gene therapy Luxturna for blindness, a move that also boosts Swiss drugmaker Novartis that bought the rights to one of the world’s costliest treatments outside the United States.

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FDA Issues Statement Reaffirming Positive Benefit-Risk Profile Of Nuplazid For Patients with Hallucinations, Delusions Associated With Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that the FDA completed a postmarketing review and issued a clear statement reaffirming the positive benefit-risk profile of Nuplazid (pimavanserin) for patients with Parkinson’s disease psychosis.

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UK rejects adult Novartis CAR-T therapy

Health authorities in England rejected a pricey CAR-T cell therapy from Novartis for adults with blood cancer, two weeks after endorsing Kymriah’s use in children and young people.

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Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bill to Address Prescription Opioids

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly supported a new bill aimed at opioid abuse and other addictive drugs.

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Post-op opioids used far more in U.S. than Hong Kong

Head and neck surgery patients in Hong Kong are far less likely to be prescribed opioids than patients undergoing similar surgeries in the U.S., new research shows.

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Amgen’s Aimovig Starts Strong, Multiple Myeloma Drug Wows at Conference

Amgen unveiled data at a multiple myeloma conference for AMG-420, which targets B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA).

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Lilly Announces Initiation of IXORA-R Head-to-Head Trial Comparing Taltz and Tremfya in Patients with Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis

Eli Lilly and Company announced today the initiation of the IXORA-R head-to-head clinical trial, designed to evaluate superiority between Taltz (ixekizumab) and Tremfya (guselkumab) in adult patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

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Roche faces UK pricing row over multiple sclerosis drug Ocrevus

Roche faces a fresh row over drug pricing in Britain, following a decision by the body responsible for medicine use within the state health service not to approve the company’s drug Ocrevus for treating a highly disabling form of multiple sclerosis (MS).

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FDA extends review of Roche’s Tecentriq by 3 months

Roche said the U.S. FDA extended by three months the review period for Tecentriq in combination therapy as a first-line treatment for a form of lung cancer.

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