Oncology

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 25

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, August 25

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Roche backs away from Chugai but embraces InterMune, Merck rumored on track to score first PD-1 approval, a new Ebola strain may have surfaced and JNJ scoops up experimental anti-TNF.

Illumina inks deal with J&J, AstraZeneca, Sanofi

The goal is to develop companion diagnostics to match patients with cancer treatments.

 Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 15

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, August 15

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UK drug-cost watchdog backs Sovaldi, Achillion touts HCV interim results, Avastin's latest cancer indication, Ebola outbreak worsens, COPD drug gets panel nod, and study links quick reviews and black-box warnings.

Kyprolis fails to wow in survival trial

Kyprolis fails to wow in survival trial

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Amgen now hopes a separate study will be enough to support the drug's advancement to a second-line therapy, but the lackluster results may impinge on its EU filing schedule.

Colorectal cancer test is FDA moment of sorts

Cologuard was the first approved fecal-based screening test for the disease, and it was also the first product the FDA and CMS approved on the very same day through the so-called Parallel Review program.

Britain's NICE sidelines Kadcyla

Britain's NICE sidelines Kadcyla

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Britain's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has followed through on its Kadcyla objections and has said Roche's breast cancer drug will remain off the National Health Services formulary because it is too expensive.

Bayer's Xofigo carves out niche

Bayer's Xofigo carves out niche

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Approved in May 2013, the cancer drug earned $57 million in the second quarter, and the firm expects it will hit annual sales of $1.31 billion.

Kyprolis data fuel Amgen oncology aspirations

Kyprolis data fuel Amgen oncology aspirations

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Blood-cancer drug Kyprolis outperformed standard treatment in a late-stage trial testing the drug in patients with multiple myeloma, said Amgen.

Novartis apologizes for slow reporting

Novartis is apologizing to Japan after the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said the company had dragged its feet reporting adverse events for two of its cancer drugs.

Cancer PSA features scientists

Stand Up To Cancer is kicking off a PSA that features Grammy-winner Jennifer Hudson and a Genentech scientist.

Imbruvica lassoes CLL indication

The FDA slapped a Breakthrough Therapy label on the CLL indication pursuit in February.

AZ seeks blood test to ID potential patients

AstraZeneca's hope is that the blood test could replace tissue samples and be used to identify patients who could benefit from its lung drugs.

Bayer's Nexavar disappoints in breast cancer

The drug did not hit its Phase III primary target of improving progression-free survival.

BMS Q2 sales slip, Eliquis, Yervoy soar

BMS Q2 sales slip, Eliquis, Yervoy soar

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The company attributed part of the Eliquis boost to the BMS-Pfizer DTC and education efforts.

Gilead's idelalisib hat trick

The FDA greenlighted the drug for three cancers.

Avastin pockets another Priority Review label

It's the second for this cancer drug in two weeks.

NIH: HPV test beats Pap for cancer assessment

HPV testing provides an edge over Pap screenings when it comes to detecting cervical cancer risk.

Roche seeks Avastin cervical-cancer indication

Roche seeks Avastin cervical-cancer indication

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The FDA granted Priority Review for consideration of Avastin for some cervical-cancer patients.

Lilly's Cyramza misses liver-cancer target

Cyramza patients had more favorable overall survival rates than placebo patients, but the differences were not statistically significant.

BMS readies nivolumab for melanoma filing

BMS readies nivolumab for melanoma filing

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Bristol-Myers Squibb is moving forward with its FDA filing of PD-1 Opdivo (formerly known as nivolumab) for patients with advanced melanoma who have been previously treated with the BMS drug Yervoy.

Experiment cuts cancer costs, ups drug spend

UnitedHealthcare finds drug costs more than doubled.

FDA wants male breast cancer patients

The regulator wants men to be part of breast cancer clinical trials.

Panel votes against AZ's olaparib

Panel votes against AZ's olaparib

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An FDA advisory panel voted 11-2 against an accelerated approval for AstraZeneca's experimental PARP inihibitor. The panel recommends getting more data before giving the drug the all-clear.

Lilly drug misses Phase III target

Eli Lilly's gastric cancer drug Cryamza failed to hit its primary Phase III liver cancer target.

Dendreon CEO resigns

August 15 is John Johnson's last day as president and CEO.

Everyday Health rolls out CancerRx app

Everyday Health rolls out CancerRx app

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The bedside decision-making app includes clinical trial and drug information as well as breaking news.

ASCO highlights immuno-oncology challenges

ASCO highlights immuno-oncology challenges

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The potential of immunotherapy is great, but the news from the 2014 medical meeting shows that great may not be gargantuan in terms of treatment reach.

Insurers pay docs to stick to regimens

Companies including WellPoint and Highmark are deploying financial incentives for doctors to stick with recommended cancer treatments.

BMS enters two immuno-oncology deals

The drugmaker has paired up with Incyte and CytomyX in two separate deals.

GSK drug fails in lymphoma bid

GSK drug fails in lymphoma bid

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The companies announced Tuesday that Arzerra, already indicated for leukemia, failed to outdo Roche's Rituxan in the lymphoma setting.

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