Oncology

Merck buys Swiss biotech

The drugmaker announced it will acquire OncoEthix and its oncology candidate OTX015 in a deal worth up to $365 million

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, December 18

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, December 18

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Shire may bid on NPS Pharmaceuticals; Amgen says cancer drug will cost $178,000; Takeda has a new head of R&D.

Brain cancer candidate touted for melanoma

Studies by Australian company Novogen are said to demonstrate, for the first time, that a drug highly effective against brain cancers has the same high potency against melanoma.

Genentech drug combo targets advanced melanoma

The treatment reduces risk by half compared to widely used Zelboraf.

FDA 2014 approvals outpace those of 2013

FDA 2014 approvals outpace those of 2013

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The regulator noted in its early 2014 retrospective that it set a high mark for the number of approved rare disease drugs this year, and that insufficient information is the reason many breakthrough status requests get bounced.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, December 15

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, December 15

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United Healthcare tests an all-in-one cancer payment model, Pfizer inks a worldwide commercialization license for a human growth factor hormone, and the Commonwealth Fund grades Medicare as the program nears its 50th.

Merck rolls out new Keytruda data in hard-to-treat group

Merck rolls out new Keytruda data in hard-to-treat group

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The drugmaker shared early-trial results for its PD-1 among hard-to-tread triple-negative breast cancer patients and announced an effort to see if the drug can help patients overcome treatment resistance.

AbbVie oncology pipeline continues to show progress

AbbVie oncology pipeline continues to show progress

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Early trials of Venetoclax, formerly known as ABT-199, indicate the experimental drug execs consider an oncology cornerstone continues to show promise.

Array gets binimetinib all to itself

Transfer of rights to the experimental cancer drug hinges on completion of Novartis/GSK asset swap.

Incyte drug gains expanded indication for bone marrow disease

Jakafi becomes the first drug approved for treating polycythemia vera.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, November 18

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, November 18

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Ackman walks away with $2.5 billion, despite no Allergan deal; Ranbaxy sues FDA over generic Nexium rights; Indian government's Health Ministry recommends breaking BMS cancer drug patent.

Inovio sticks with prostate cancer drug

The Pennsylvania company says it will continue to develop its IO treatment, even without Roche's support.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, November 17

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Monday, November 17

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Actavis and Allergan have a $66-billion-dollar deal, Merck's Vytorin hits its endpoint, and Pfizer puts up $850 million for an experimental cancer drug.

2015 an "important year" for Pfizer's IO pipeline, analysts say

A 4-1BB agonist highlights a discussion with analysts on the drug giant's immunoncology pipeline, with a number of combination options to be tested next year.

Microbiome linked to obesity

Researchers find that jet lag has an impact on the microscopic level.

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

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

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The Hill outlines its healthcare expectations with a GOP Congress, Sanofi's executive shakeup may have an impact on MannKind's Afrezza launch, AstraZeneca's olaparib may have prostate cancer prospects, the FDA granted orphan status to an experimental Merrimack pancreatic cancer drug, and researchers are struggling to get Ebola virus samples.

Pfizer gets palbo review date

Pfizer gets palbo review date

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The FDA will vote for or against the breast cancer drug by April 13, 2015.

Teva narrows focus, trims R&D

Teva narrows focus, trims R&D

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The drugmaker is poised to cut 14 pipeline projects loose.

Five things for Pharma Marketers to know: Monday, September 29

Five things for Pharma Marketers to know: Monday, September 29

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Inversion rules have Medtronic asking for a Covidien do-over, Roche's Perjeta has "unprecedented success," while AstraZeneca's Iressa does not.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, September 19

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, September 19

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Lilly's weekly GLP-1 shot is approved, BI expands its lung-cancer portfolio, GSK's China investigation closes, NY proposed Sovaldi triage and India imposed price limits on 36 new medicines.

BMS striving to push Opdivo past Keytruda

BMS striving to push Opdivo past Keytruda

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Keytruda was the first of the new PD-1 class of immuno-oncology drugs to reach the US, but Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono could run away with the competition, according to one analyst.

Merck's Keytruda is shipping

Merck's Keytruda is shipping

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The first-in-class PD-1 was approved only last week.

Merck scores first US PD-1 approval

Merck scores first US PD-1 approval

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The FDA approved the drug previously known as pembrolizumab, now known as Keytruda, for patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma who have taken Bristol-Myers Squibb's Yervoy (ipilimumab).

FDA lifts OncoMed partial hold

The FDA froze the clinical trial of anti-Fzd7 vantictumab in July over concern about "bone-related adverse events."

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.


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