AstraZeneca Plc’s experimental treatment anifrolumab significantly reduced disease activity in patients with the autoimmune disorder lupus in a late-stage study.

J&J’s blockbuster psoriasis drug Stelara led to a significant reduction in disease activity in patients with systemic lupus compared with a placebo in a mid-stage clinical trial.

AstraZeneca said on Monday it was in talks that might lead to the acquisition of privately held biotech firm Acerta Pharma, a potential $5 billion-plus deal designed to build up its cancer drug portfolio.   “AstraZeneca confirms that it is exploring potential strategic options with Acerta Pharma BV. There can be no certainty that any […]

AstraZeneca’s experimental lupus drug anifrolumab significantly cut disease activity in a mid-stage clinical trial, boosting hopes for a medicine the company believes could become a $1 billion-a-year seller. The drugmaker said on Tuesday that the new treatment was more effective than another drug, sifalimumab, that it had also been testing in lupus. It has therefore […]

Cambridge, Mass.-based Biogen, Inc. (BIIB) announced today that it was restructuring, cutting 11 percent of its workforce, and slashing programs. In addition, the company announced that its Phase III ASCEND clinical trial of natalizumab for the treatment of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) failed to hit its primary and secondary endpoints. As part of the […]