Company news: eMarketer, Pfizer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave its go-ahead for administering Pfizer's pneumococcal vaccine, Prevnar 13, to adults 19 or older with compromised immune systems. The recommendation follows the FDA's decision to green-light use in adults 50 and older in December 2011, and the CDC's recommendation expands the potential patient pool to include individuals with HIV, cancer and advanced kidney disease. People with other conditions can be candidates, as well. The vaccine, which Pfizer acquired in its 2009 purchase of Wyeth, generated almost $3.7 billion in sales last year and was first approved two years ago for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years.
Lyrica's latest approval, for treating neuropathic pain related to spinal injuries, could push sales beyond last year's $3.69 billion. Pfizer said the new indication, announced Thursday, could help about 40% of spinal injury patients in the US. The FDA had previously approved the drug for diabetic nerve pain, fibromyalgia, shingles-related pain and some seizures.