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Zulresso Is Sage’s First Step In Postpartum Depression Treatment

I.V. Zulresso is the first US FDA-approved drug for postpartum depression (PPD) and Sage's first commercial product – with a list price of $34,000. It will help the company build a presence in PPD as it completes late-stage development for oral candidate SAGE-217.

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Urovant’s Vibegron Faces Tough Commercial Climb Despite Phase III Success

Roivant subsidiary thinks EMPOWUR data would position the drug as best-in-class in overactive bladder, but investors responded to the data with a clear thumbs-down.

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Price ‘Anchoring’? Zolgensma And The Art Of Managing Gene Therapy Sticker Shock

Public statements by Novartis and Avexis suggest Zolgensma could be cost effective at a price up to $5m. Analysts expect $2m. The lower estimate is still stunning, but could it be considered reasonable by comparison?

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GETTING IT RIGHT – Drawing Together Key Stakeholders To Shape The Real-World Data Revolution

This special report reveals the challenges and solutions for early payer involvement in real-world data clinical trials, as discussed by industry leaders at a recent roundtable.

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Merck KGaA Interview: China E-Health Push A ‘Long-Term Strategy’

Merck KGaA's alliances with Chinese internet giant Tencent and Alibaba Health is part of the German group's long-term strategy for China and reflects the high speed with which digital healthcare is evolving there, global operations head Chris Round tells Scrip.

 

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PureTech’s Karuna Gets Another $68m For Re-engineered Lilly CNS Candidate

Karuna Therapeutics plans to expand its development program for lead candidate KarXT beyond its current Phase II trial in schizophrenia. The series B financing follows a $42m series A in 2018.

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How One Startup Plans To Win Primary Care Battle In China

Millions of people lack access to quality healthcare services and products in China, but now one company has raised millions in funding and vows to harness the power of the internet to get temperature-controlled drugs and quality diagnostic services to everyone who needs them.

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Asia Deal Watch: Zogenix Partners Japanese Rights To Pediatric Epilepsy Therapy To Nippon Shinyaku

Nippon Shinyaku obtains rights to sell Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome drug Fintepla in its home market. Sun Pharma increases its ownership stake in Russia’s PJSC Biosintez.

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Biohaven Pays $105m For Turbo Boost In Migraine Drug Review Race

Biohaven has acquired a priority review voucher from GW Pharma to accelerate the US review of rimegepant, its oral CGRP receptor antagonist for migraine. The firm is competing with Allergan and Lilly in a race to get the next oral treatment approved.

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Merck KGaA Expects Core Franchises, Alliances To Strengthen In China

Merck KGaA's healthcare business in China will continue to center around its fertility, general medicines and endocrinology therapies while also building on new corporate alliances there, the German conglomerate’s global operations head told Scrip. 

 

 

 

 
 
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Abbott Builds Its Digital Reach In India

Abbott’s new digital initiative in India, which already has 2,000 physicians and 1,000 patients on board, aims to provide services and information to improve health outcomes. Gamification concepts and an offline component such as a learning program for physicians are also part of the new offering.

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Finance Watch: Panic Over FDA Commissioner's Resignation Was Short-Lived, Though IPOs Still Languish

Public Company Edition: Biotech stocks sank when US FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced his departure, but have nearly recovered to pre-resignation levels, except for newly public firms. Also, Biohaven's raises cash for PRV purchase and Endo issues $1.5bn in new debt.

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India’s Top Court Tells Singhs To Come Up With Plan To Pay Daiichi, Uphold Nation’s ‘Honor’

India’s Supreme Court has told Malvinder Singh and Shivinder Singh, once corporate billionaires, to work out a strategy within two weeks to pay Japanese drug giant Daiichi Sankyo a $500m arbitration award and "uphold the nation’s honor."

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Dong-A Vows Legal Steps As Korea Imposes Heavy Penalties Over Rebates

Korea temporarily suspends reimbursement of drugs involved in Dong-A ST’s alleged illegal rebate payments to doctors, raising concerns from the industry whether the new measures are appropriate. The company concedes it violated the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act but vows to seek legal redress as it claims there are substantial issues with the punitive measures.

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Finance Watch: Panic Over FDA Commissioner's Resignation Was Short-Lived, Though IPOs Still Languish

Public Company Edition: Biotech stocks sank when US FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced his departure, but have nearly recovered to pre-resignation levels, except for newly public firms. Also, Biohaven's raises cash for PRV purchase and Endo issues $1.5bn in new debt.

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Cancer, Rare Disease Drugs To Be Covered As China Expands Reimbursement

China's national reimbursement drug list will undergo a much anticipated expansion in 2019, and therapies for cancer, pediatric and rare conditions from international firms including Roche and Actellion are likely to receive long-awaited coverage.

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TIME-2b Disappointed: Aerpio’s Lead Product Fails In Diabetic Retinopathy

As its lead product fails at Phase IIb in diabetic retinopathy, Aerpio’s attentions turn to its other potential indications, but investors will need more convincing that this strategy will pay dividends.

Clinical Trials Companies Research & Development

Pfizer Buys Option For Vivet In Latest Gene Therapy Tie-Up

The big pharma has acquired a 15% equity stake in the privately-held gene therapy developer and an option to purchase all outstanding shares.

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DalCor Keeps Faith In CETP Biomarker, Despite No Dice For Merck's REVEAL Genetic Analysis

Hopes for a precision approach for the vast cardiovascular disease population live on – past failed studies of HDL-raising drugs and lack of evidence for genetic typing in Merck's latest analysis of anacetrapib in REVEAL.

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Merck KGAA/Pfizer Discontinue Phase III Avelumab/Talazoparib Combo Study In Ovarian Cancer

The changing competitive landscape in ovarian cancer, as well as disappointing earlier results in the condition, has led to the big pharma alliance ending the Phase III JAVELIN Ovarian PARP 100 study.

 

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