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Scientists Identify Differences Between Relapsing/Remitting and Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Researchers with City University of New York and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai identified specific biological differences between relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) – in which patients often go into clinical remission – and progression MS, which has the potential to lead to new therapeutic approaches and diagnostic testing.

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Genentech Strikes Three Drug Discovery Deals

In a deal-making morning for South San Francisco-based Genentech, the Roche subsidiary struck three separate transactions with small companies to boost drug development.

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Bristol-Myers plans to divest Celgene’s psoriasis drug

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. offered to divest Celgene Corp.’s psoriasis treatment Otezla to allay concerns raised by the U.S. competition regulator, and pushed back the closing of their $74 billion deal.

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New Phase 3 Interim Results Support Safety and Efficacy of Diroximel Fumarate in Multiple Sclerosis

New interim data from the ongoing open-label, pivotal EVOLVE-MS-1 study indicate that Biogen’s investigational treatment diroximel fumarate was generally well tolerated in people with relapsing MS.

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Entyvio Superior to Humira in Ulcerative Colitis

Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical presented more data from the company’s Phase IIIb head-to-head VARSITY clinical trial of Entyvio compared to AbbVie’s Humira in ulcerative colitis.

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Novartis data at AAN show Gilenya is only disease-modifying therapy with proven superiority versus glatiramer acetate in RRMS

Novartis announced the full data of the ASSESS study, which evaluated the efficacy of oral, once-daily Gilenya (fingolimod) at 0.5mg and 0.25mg versus once-daily subcutaneous injections of glatiramer acetate 20mg in reducing disease activity over 12 months in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).

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Teva migraine drug helps to contain profit fall

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries posted a slightly smaller than expected drop in first-quarter 2019 profit and forecast a sharp rise in 2020 revenue from the company’s new migraine drug Ajovy.

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AbbVie’s Skyrizi drug to treat psoriasis wins U.S. approval

The U.S. FDA approved AbbVie Inc.’s Skyrizi as a treatment for plaque psoriasis at a time when the company’s blockbuster psoriasis medicine Humira faces patent pressures.

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FDA Green-Lights EMD Serono’s Mavenclad

EMD Serono, a unit of Merck KGaA, announced that the U.S. FDA approved Mavenclad (cladribine) for adults with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and active secondary progressive disease.

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Novartis lands assets from inflammation specialist IFM

Novartis agreed to pay $310 million upfront, with the possibility for more later, for some research assets of Boston-based inflammation specialist IFM Therapeutics as the Swiss drugmaker expands the company’s immunology pipeline.

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