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Shire Relocates 500 Jobs to Massachusetts

November 20, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

Shire is transferring 500 jobs to Massachusetts. Read more...                                  

Early Statin Use May Give Long-Term Heart Benefits

November 20, 2014 10:06 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

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Royalty Pharma Pays $3.3B for Cystic Fibrosis Royalties

November 19, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

Royalty Pharma announced its acquisition of royalties on Vertex Pharmaceuticals' cystic fibrosis treatments owned by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics' ("CFFT"), an affiliate of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for a cash payment of $3.3 billion. Read more...

$2.6B: Cost to Develop, Win Marketing Approval for New Drug

November 19, 2014 1:35 pm | News | Comments

Developing a new prescription medicine that gains marketing approval, a process often lasting longer than a decade, is estimated to cost $2,558 million, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. Read more...

Janssen Seeks European Approval of Chronic Inflammatory Disease Drug

November 19, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

Janssen submitted an application for European approval regarding a drug intended to treat chronic inflammatory disease of the spine. Read more...                    

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Cardiome Finds Distributor for AFib Drug in South Africa

November 19, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Cardiome entered into a new partnership with Pharmacare Ltd to sell and distribute its AFib drug in South Africa. Read more...                     

New Insight Into Cells Could Lead to Better Drugs

November 19, 2014 9:11 am | News | Comments

Researchers investigated how different types of immune cells communicate with each other – and how they kill cancerous or infected cells. Read more...                   

Pfizer's Meningococcal Group B Vaccine Is Now Available

November 18, 2014 1:58 pm | News | Comments

Pfizer Inc. announced that Trumenba (Meningococcal Group B Vaccine) is now available for order by healthcare providers in the United States. Read more...

Strategy: Physicians Prescribe More Generics, Less Brand Name Drugs

November 18, 2014 1:19 pm | News | Comments

Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve health care value in the face of spiraling U.S. health expenditures, according to a new study. Read more...

Merck's Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Reduces Heart Problems

November 18, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced that the investigational IMPROVE-IT study met its primary and all secondary composite efficacy endpoints.  Read more...

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Novartis' Drug Could Change Course of Heart Failure for Patients

November 18, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

New data on Novartis' investigational medicine, LCZ696, for patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) shows it has the potential to change the course of the disease for patients. Read more...

Actavis to Buy Allergan for $66B

November 17, 2014 2:34 pm | by Tom Murphy - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Actavis will pay $66 billion to buy fellow drugmaker Allergan in a deal that could finally end a months-long takeover push from Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Read more...                

Roche Announces FDA Approval of Ovarian Cancer Treatment

November 17, 2014 1:30 pm | News | Comments

The FDA approves Roche's ovarian cancer treatment. Read more...                                 

Genzyme's MS Drug Gains FDA Approval

November 17, 2014 12:56 pm | News | Comments

The FDA approved Genzyme's new drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Read more...                             

Study Lifts Cloud Over Heart Drugs

November 17, 2014 12:25 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A major study lifts a cloud around blockbuster drugs for lowering cholesterol. Read more...                             

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Eisai's Antiepileptic Treatment Receives Russian Approval

November 17, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

Eisai Pharmaceuticals announces Russian approval of antiepileptic treatment. Read more...                             

FDA Accepts Janssen's Schizoaffective Disorder Drug sNDA

November 14, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental New Drug Applications (sNDAs) for the once-monthly atypical long-acting antipsychotic Invega Sustenna (paliperidone palmitate) to treat schizoaffective disorder as either monotherapy or adjunctive therapy. Read more...

FDA Accepts Actavis' Bipolar Drug sNDA

November 14, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

Actavis announced that the FDA accepted an application for bipolar disorder treatment in pediatric patients. Read more...                       

Roche Teams Up with LabCentral to Support Biotech Startups

November 13, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

LabCentral and Roche announced an agreement in which Roche would provide technology and financial support to LabCentral, a first-of-its-kind shared laboratory space designed as a launchpad for high-potential life-sciences and biotech startups. Read more...

Abivax to Commercialize Vaccines in Asia, Latin America

November 13, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Abivax, a leading European, clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing anti-viral compounds and human vaccines, announced that it has signed an agreement with The Finlay Institute, Havana, Cuba, that will allow it to commercialize vaccines against typhoid, meningococcus, and leptospirosis, in Asian and Latin American markets. Read more...

AstraZeneca, Isis Pharmaceuticals to Co-Develop Targeted Delivery

November 13, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and AstraZeneca announced a strategic alliance to discover and develop novel delivery methods for antisense oligonucleotides. The new delivery approaches seek to target the desired tissue more effectively. Read more...                   

Gene Study Boosts Interest in Heart Drug Zetia

November 13, 2014 9:50 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered gene mutations that give people naturally lower cholesterol levels and cut their risk of heart disease in half. That discovery may have a big implication. Read more...

Improved Survival in Women with HER2 Negative Breast Cancer

November 13, 2014 9:22 am | News | Comments

The results from a pooled analysis of two Phase 3 Halaven (eribulin) trials are published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Findings from the pooled analysis show that eribulin improves overall survival in women compared to control. Read more...

The Odd Ouster of Sanofi's Former CEO

November 12, 2014 2:16 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This high-flying pharma executive had his career derailed for a variety of surprising factors. Read more...                          

Abbvie's Hep C Therapy Shows Strong Cure Rate

November 12, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

AbbVie announced positive results for its therapy for chronic hepatitis C patients and liver transplant recipients. Read more...                     

Enterome, AbbVie to Collaborate on Treatments for Crohn's Disease

November 12, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

Enterome Bioscience and AbbVie will work together to develop solutions for the treatment of Crohn's disease. Read more...                       

Amgen and AstraZeneca's Psoriasis Drug Receives Positive Results

November 12, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

This drug is intended for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Read more...                             

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