Sanofi raised the company’s 2021 profit forecast on July 29 after its vaccines and star eczema treatment Dupixent helped the French drugmaker beat second-quarter results expectations.

Med Ad News talked to Wendbush Securities analysts David Nierengarten, Laura Chico, and Liana Moussatos about various new drug approvals and other recent news updates in the industry. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bristol Myers Squibb’s oral drug Zeposia to treat adults with ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease.

Amicus Therapeutics announced topline results from the Phase III PROPEL pivotal trial of AT-GAA (cipaglucosidase alfa and miglustat) for late-onset Pompe disease.

Moderna believes the company’s Covid-19 vaccine protects against new variants found in Britain and South Africa, although it will test a new booster shot aimed at the South Africa variant after concluding that the antibody response could be diminished.

Publicly traded companies that have been heavily involved in developing therapies and vaccines for Covid-19 have experienced significant spikes in their stock prices from March 2020 to January 2021, including Germany’s BioNTech, which surged 187% in one year.

A small trial of Eli Lilly’s donanemab showed the experimental Alzheimer’s drug slowed by about a third the rate of decline in a combined measure of cognition and function in patients at an early stage of the mind-wasting disease.

A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to endorse emergency use of Moderna Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine during a meeting on Dec. 17, as the nation prepares to roll out a second vaccine.

Diabetes drugmaker Novo Nordisk will start a late-stage clinical trial to test the company’s GLP-1 analogue semaglutide as a treatment for early Alzheimer’s disease.

AstraZeneca is acquiring Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $39 billion, with the deal expected to close in the third quarter of 2021.