MedAdNews spoke to Bill Dreitlein, Senior Director, Pipeline & Drug Surveillance at OptumRx, about the state of the industry’s prescription drug pipeline and what enticing prospects will soon emerge.

Gilead Sciences Inc.’s experimental drug aimed at treating a type of fatty liver disease known as NASH failed to meet the main goal of a late-stage study, two months after failing another clinical trial.

Gilead Sciences Inc. will partner with privately held insitro to develop therapies for a fatty liver disease called NASH.

The loss of patent protection on two drugs is forcing Gilead Sciences to terminate about 20 percent of the company’s sales team, according to reports.

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.

In an announcement short on details and trying to put a positive spin on things, San Diego-based Conatus Pharmaceuticals indicated the company’s emricasan failed its Phase IIb ENCORE-NF clinical trial in patients with NASH.