Multiple Sclerosis

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 5

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, August 5

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The FDA updates Gilenya's label over definite case of PML; generic drug companies are consolidating for negotiating power; the FDA revises guidance on DTC risk information

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, July 24

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, July 24

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UnitedHealth looks for refunds when drugs don't work; the European Medicines Agency recommends Sanofi's and Regeneron's PCSK9 inhibitor, Praluent, for approval; Biogen's multiple-sclerosis drug, Tecfidera, reports lower-than-expected sales growth

Novartis exec: Pharma culture can be stumbling block to creativity

Novartis exec: Pharma culture can be stumbling block to creativity

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It's not always regulation or concerns about legal risks. Sometimes, a drugmaker's internal conservative culture is the biggest hurdle to overcome.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, May 26

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, May 26

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Experimental psoriasis drug linked to suicidal thoughts; analysis finds that some high prescribers receive non-research industry money; researchers say new MS drugs spur higher prices of older medications

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, April 27

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, April 27

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More pharma companies hike drug prices post-acquisition; HCV linked to increased risk of cancer; a combined Teva-Mylan would control 25% of the US generic drug market

Biogen, PatientsLikeMe use Fitbit to better understand MS

Biogen, PatientsLikeMe use Fitbit to better understand MS

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The drugmaker and patient network teamed up to establish a formal framework for deploying activity trackers for patients with MS and for capturing that data.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, April 13

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, April 13

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Sanofi won't discount new insulin; Takeda appoints new US business head; insurers push back on expensive preventative genetic tests

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, February 18

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, February 18

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Researchers find repeat marketing offenders in the UK and Sweden, Actavis plans to take Allergan's name and Sanofi enters an auto-immune disease collaboration.

Biogen adds football, basketball talent for MS campaign

Biogen adds football, basketball talent for MS campaign

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MS drugmaker Biogen Idec drafted Tyler Campbell, son of NFL Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell, and former Dallas Mavericks point guard Chris Wright to help inspire sufferers of multiple sclerosis.

Supreme Court says Teva MS patent stands (for now)

The ruling stalls generics until at least September.

Patients to influence voice of Lemtrada consumer campaign

Patients to influence voice of Lemtrada consumer campaign

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Patient advocates lobbied the FDA to approve the MS drug and Sanofi subsidiary Genzyme says their voice will be part of the consumer outreach when DTC rolls out next year.

Gilenya fails to help primary progressive MS patients

Novartis released Phase-III study results Monday.

AbbVie, Biogen to file MS drug next year

AbbVie, Biogen to file MS drug next year

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Phase-III results of the AbbVie-Biogen Idec experimental multiple sclerosis shot Zinbryta (daclizumab) indicate the drug bests Avonex (interferon beta-1a) on some measures among relapse-remitting MS patients.

Sanofi wants greater MS role

The plan is to bring in-house products to the market as well as through acquisitions.

Biogen twice-monthly MS drug approved

Biogen twice-monthly MS drug approved

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Plegridy is the only pegylated beta-interferon drug approved for relapsing multiple sclerosis.

Court won't stall generic Copaxone

Court won't stall generic Copaxone

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The Supreme Court denied Teva's request to keep branded Copaxone off the market while the appeals process shakes out.

NICE gives Aubagio the nod

The price watchdog said Sanofi's oral MS drug Aubagio is a go. The decision follows a September directive to prove the drug's cost-effectiveness.

Biogen CEO cautions on Tecfidera EU launch

Biogen CEO cautions on Tecfidera EU launch

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The MS pill saw rapid uptake in the US last year, but its overseas launch won't be as quick, CEO George Scangos conceded this week at an analyst conference.

The year's most popular stories

The year's most popular stories

Our year-end list captures the 10 that sparked heaviest interest.

Lemtrada US rejection snarls Sanofi

Lemtrada US rejection snarls Sanofi

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The firm has vowed to appeal an FDA rejection that otherwise complicates its bid to expand in multiple sclerosis.

Osbourne joins Teva for "You Don't Know Jack About MS"

Osbourne joins Teva for "You Don't Know Jack About MS"

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Famous from his reality show, "The Osbournes," Jack narrates his life with MS in a web documentary series.

Teva unclear on 2014 future

The company released two financial scenarios. The key is generic Copaxone.

Panel's Lemtrada endorsement not a rallying call

Panel's Lemtrada endorsement not a rallying call

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Reviewers supported the drug's approval, but concerns about REMS and clinical trial integrity indicate the vote was not a roaring endorsement.

Small patient majority supports risky Sanofi MS drug: poll

Small patient majority supports risky Sanofi MS drug: poll

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Most patients would advise today's FDA Lemtrada panel to allow doctors to gauge the drug's risk-benefit profile, although there was strong sentiment on either side of the issue.

Lemtrada's future in doubt after reviewers flag safety issues

Lemtrada's future in doubt after reviewers flag safety issues

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Safety reviewers' reservations about the MS drug's risk profile, unveiled in briefing documents ahead of an ad-com meeting, suggest it won't be smooth sailing for the drug in the US.

Biogen Idec: Tecfidera not cause of patient's death

The drug maker says a patient's physician did not link the MS drug to her death.

Business briefs: Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi, GSK, Teva

BI cancer drug lands breakthrough therapy designation; Sanofi tallies two European MS drug approvals; GSK terminates testing for a Crohn's drug; and Teva joins cancer collaboration

FDA investigating report of PML in a Gilenya patient

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The FDA and Novartis are investigating reports that a patient has contracted the rare virus.

Business briefs: Novartis, Regeneron and Pfizer

Novartis prepares for a strategic review that hints at scuttling lesser-performing businesses; Regeneron's Eylea sales prompt expansion; Pfizer targets diabetes and obesity; and the FDA approves an MS stem cell trial

Unabated Tecfidera growth propels Biogen

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Biogen Idec raised its full-year guidance on Tecfidera launch sales, as the MS market continues its growth trajectory.


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