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Novartis gets approval to sell Kymriah in Japan for $306,000

A Japanese government panel approved a price of 33.5 million yen ($305,800) for Novartis’ cancer treatment Kymriah, allowing the Swiss drugmaker to press ahead with a campaign to kick-start sluggish sales of the treatment.

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FDA Approves Bavencio Plus Inlyta Combination for Patients with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

EMD Serono and Pfizer announced that the U.S. FDA approved Bavencio (avelumab) in combination with Inlyta (axitinib) for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma.

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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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Roivant and Sinovant Launch Cytovant

Vivek Ramaswamy’s Roivant Sciences has launched another “vant” company, this time in China, in a partnership with Hong Kong-based Sinovant Sciences.

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Exclusive: Astellas’ Xospata Provides Strong OS Benefits in Phase III Trial

Astellas Pharma’s blood cancer drug Xospata continues to show impressive results in the acute myeloid leukemia setting.

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Japan approves test of iPS cells for spinal injuries

Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said.

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Top 10 Pipelines To Watch: 2019 Annual Report

The return on R&D investment for leading biopharmaceutical manufacturers fell to a nine-year low while the U.S. FDA approved a record-breaking amount of novel medicines during 2018.

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Pfizer Japan recalls high blood pressure drug over cancer-causing impurity

The Japanese subsidiary of Pfizer Inc. is recalling a drug for high blood pressure which was found to contain a carcinogenic substance in the active ingredient valsartan, the drugmaker said.

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Sen. Sanders, Rep. Cummings to introduce bill to lower U.S. drug prices

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings plan to introduce legislation aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs for U.S. consumers.

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WHO uncovers big national variations in antibiotics consumption

Antibiotics are used far more in some countries than in others, a survey by the World Health Organization showed, suggesting that urgent action was needed to slash unnecessary consumption of the medicines.

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