GlaxoSmithKline will extend a trial testing an experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug on patients suffering from pneumonia related to Covid-19 to focus on the elderly as the company seeks to firm up encouraging findings.

GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi started a new clinical trial of their protein-based Covid-19 vaccine candidate, reviving their efforts against the pandemic after a setback in December delayed the shot’s launch.

Sandoz, a division of Swiss-based Novartis, inked a deal to buy U.K.-based GlaxoSmithKline’s cephalosporin antibiotics business.

Laboratory testing found that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Covid-19 antibody cocktail can combat a coronavirus variant first found in South Africa, but a similar drug from Eli Lilly and Co. is inactive against it, according to a study.

Vir Biotechnology, Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline struck a three-way collaborative deal to evaluate Vir’s investigational monoclonal antibody VIR-7831 in combination with Lilly’s bamlanivimab in low-risk patients with mild to moderate Covid-19.

GlaxoSmithKline discontinued a Phase II clinical trial evaluating an anti-LAG3 cell depleting monoclonal antibody aimed at treating ulcerative colitis licensed from Australia-based Immutep Limited following an interim assessment of an Independent Data Monitoring Committee.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ViiV Healthcare’s Cabenuva as the only complete long-acting regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults.

Merck KGaA’s drug development program suffered a setback with the company’s most important experimental medicine as the cancer treatment bintrafusp alfa, being jointly developed by GlaxoSmithKline, failed early in a lead trial.

British drugmaker GSK and U.S.-based Vir Biotechnology will evaluate a second antibody-based treatment in patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 in an early-stage to mid-stage trial.

At the start of 2021, 70 companies raised the price of hundreds of prescription drugs by an average of 3.3%.