Rubius Therapeutics is minimizing the focus on the company’s rare disease pipeline and taking greater aim at developing treatments for cancer and autoimmune diseases.

As pharma companies bolster their pipelines via multibillion-dollar acquisitions, drug manufacturers continue to heavily invest in the oncology space.

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.

Florida-based Catalyst Pharmaceuticals is attempting to show in court that the price of a newly approved treatment for a rare autoimmune disease and pressure from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders lead to the approval of a rival treatment.

Although January 2020 was a fairly slow month for PDUFA dates for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, February has a stronger schedule.

Novartis boss Vas Narasimhan expects higher sales and profitability for 2020, lifted by the company’s broad range of medicines, and minimal disruption to the Swiss drugmaker’s supply chain from the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Ireland’s Horizon Therapeutics became the first to win regulatory approval in the United States for the treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED), a progressive autoimmune disorder that can threaten the vision of those afflicted.

Takeda Pharmaceutical has been on a tear over the past few weeks, striking deals to develop new therapies for various diseases. Now the Japan-based pharma powerhouse has announced a multi-year drug discovery deal with Charles River Laboratories.

EVERSANA and Noom announced a collaboration to increase medication adherence and improve health outcomes for the millions of patients suffering from chronic conditions and rare diseases worldwide.

Solid Biosciences Inc. announced organizational structure changes to create a leaner company focused on advancing SGT-001, a gene transfer candidate for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.