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The fresh blow to Roche’s hopes in a closely watched class of cancer immunotherapies cast a long shadow across the crowded field on May 11, but the latest setback is not the end of the road for these oncology treatments, analysts say.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries believes the company would have to pay around $2.6 billion in cash and medicine to settle thousands of lawsuits alleging the world’s largest generic firm and other drug manufacturers fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 28 issued a long-awaited proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, a major victory for anti-smoking advocates but one that could face stiff opposition from Big Tobacco.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved CTI BioPharma Corp.’s drug for treating adult patients with a type of bone marrow cancer who also have low blood platelet count.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has hit companies unevenly, some biopharma firms that have produced new drugs or vaccines against the disease have shown big spikes in drug sales. BioSpace reviewed five companies that produced non-vaccine treatments for COVID-19.

Roche said ongoing trials of the company’s Alzheimer’s disease drug candidate gantenerumab are designed to provide unequivocal results on efficacy as controversy continues in the United States over the benefits of a rival’s approved drug.

AbbVie Inc. on Oct. 29 raised the company’s 2021 adjusted profit forecast for the third time this year after a stellar performance by newer medicines helped the U.S. drugmaker beat Wall Street estimates for third-quarter profit and revenue.

Atea Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s experimental Covid-19 antiviral pill being developed with Roche failed to help patients with mild and moderate Covid-19 in a small study of mostly low-risk patients, driving the Boston-based drugmaker’s shares down more than 65 percent on Oct. 19.

Mirum Pharmaceuticals Inc. said on Sept. 29 the company’s drug became the first U.S. approved therapy for treating itching in patients with a rare liver disorder called Alagille syndrome (ALGS).

AbbVie Inc. said on Sept. 28 the U.S. health regulator approved the company’s once-daily oral medicine Qulipta for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults, adding a third product to the drugmaker’s arsenal of therapies for severe headaches.