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Pharma's 2018 Deal-Making Story, So Far

Pharma has been busy making deals this year, while the political winds of change swirl overhead, as our infographic shows. Companies both big and small have been merging to carve out therapeutic niches, return value to shareholders, and position themselves for the next wave of innovation and change.

Commercial Deals M & A

Cosentyx Carries Novartis Sales But Kymriah Manufacturing Gives Cause For Concern

The Swiss major is very happy indeed with the growth trajectory of Cosentyx and Entresto and pleased with how its migraine drug Aimovig has started. However the revelation of manufacturing problems with its CAR-T therapy Kymriah marred Novartis' second-quarter results.

Sales & Earnings Manufacturing Growth

Pfizer/Lilly's Tanezumab Reduces Osteoarthritis Pain, But Is It Safe?

Pfizer and Lilly said tanezumab reduced pain in a Phase III osteoarthritis study, but safety is the biggest question for NGF inhibitors. Yet, while Regeneron and Teva discontinued dosing for their fasinumab at its highest dose, tanezumab was effective at both doses in its first Phase III test.

Clinical Trials Drug Safety Neurology

J&J’s Symtuza Approved, But Commercial Outlook Uncertain

The first HIV single-tablet regimen anchored by a protease inhibitor, Symtuza’s prospects are challenged by competitors already on the market and treatment guidelines that prefer integrase inhibitor regimens.

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Profile: Lupin CFO Swaminathan, The ‘Constant Learner'

CFOs are known for talking about their top and bottom lines, but not so much about what makes them tick. Here we give you a peek into the life story of Lupin CFO Ramesh Swaminathan, who shares with Scrip why he made the shift from Henkel in Germany to the Indian firm, M&A learnings, admiration for peer Sun Pharma and his own career ambitions.

 

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Korea Eyes New Consortium To Support Innovation, Nurture Biotech Hubs

South Korea moves to support open innovation in the pharma and biotech industries, and to raise global competitiveness of biotech clusters in the country, in an effort to catch up with major overseas bio hubs such as the Boston Biotech Cluster.

South Korea Innovation Policy & Regulation

Norgine Holds Out Cetilistat Hope As Takeda Alliance Ends In Challenging Japan Market

Takeda and Norgine’s decision to finally end their alliance for cetilistat in Japan, years after the obesity drug was approved in its first potential market, serves as another sign of the sector’s challenges in the country.

Japan Commercial

As J&J Sees Continued Drug Price Declines, CEO Urges Slow Policy Change Via Trump's Blueprint

J&J told investors to anticipate negative net drug pricing of 4%-6% across its portfolio in 2018, following a 4.6% negative impact in 2017. CEO Alex Gorsky also cautioned against changing drug pricing policy too quickly.

Sales & Earnings Pricing Debate

Finance Watch: 2018 Biopharma VC Investment Could Beat 2017 One Quarter Ahead Of Schedule

With biopharma venture capital investment of $9.67bn during the first half, 2018's total is on track to beat 2017 in the third quarter. IPOs, one of the factors fueling VC investment, continue to boom with five more drug developers slated to go public this week.

Financing Business Strategies

SK Acquires AMPAC, On Track To Meet Global Contract Manufacturing Ambitions

With the acquisition of US-based contract development and manufacturing organization AMPAC Fine Chemicals, SK has added the US production base to its European and Korean production facilities, placing it on track to becoming a top global CDMO player with annual production capacity of about 1.6 million liters.

South Korea US States

Aurobindo Aims For Europe Growth With Apotex Acquisitions

The Indian drug maker is handing over €74m to Canada's Apotex, buying the latter's operations in Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium and adding over 200 generics and more than 80 OTC products to its portfolio.

M & A Generic Drugs

Amgen Puts Evenity Filing Back On Track With TIMI Cardiovascular Risk Review

As Amgen’s main hope for extending its bone health franchise, romosozumab faces a second review at the FDA with a fuller dataset and an external analysis of cardiovascular risk.

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Beyond Rebates: PhRMA Wants HHS To ‘De-Link’ Supply Chain Compensation From List Price

Focus should not be limited to rebates in Medicare Part D, manufacturers advise in comments on HHS drug pricing blueprint. Pharmacy benefit managers raise anti-trust issues with shift to upfront discounts.

Pricing Debate Pharmacy Benefit Management Medicare

Siga Ready For Next Phase, New Cash With Smallpox Drug Approval

Siga is entitled to a $41m “hold back” payment under its contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and potentially a $50m payment related to the US FDA's extended shelf-life determination for stockpiled Tpoxx; company also picks up first priority review voucher awarded for a medical countermeasure, which it likely will monetize.


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Downward, Eastward or Inward? Blockbuster Film Puts Cancer Drug Prices In China Spotlight

Bagging a $200m box office in its opening week in China, "Dying to Survive" is a sentimental movie about a Chinese businessman selling cancer drugs smuggled from India but unapproved in China that sees his life taking a drastic turn, from convicted felon to a Robin Hood-like hero as he helps those in need. The Chinese film authority’s clearance for the screening of the movie and the smash success signal three key messages about the future potential direction of oncology drugs in the country.

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Pfizer Agrees To Roll Back Prices On 40 Drugs, Yielding To Pressure From Trump

After a conversation with President Trump, CEO Ian Read agreed to cancel price increases on 40 drugs that took effect July 1, to give the administration time to work on its blueprint for improving the health care system.

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Eight Pivotal Trial Read-Outs Expected In Q3

A number of pivotal studies are expected to report top-line data in the third quarter. Here, with the help of Informa Pharma's Biomedtracker, we take a look at eight of those likely to be major catalysts for their sponsors.

Clinical Trials Research & Development Gastrointestinal

Eisai's Obesity Drug Belviq Passes Cardiovascular Outcomes Test

The Japanese pharma says it will discuss the data with US FDA, with hopes of potential to incorporate secondary endpoint data in labeling.

Clinical Trials FDA

With First IND, Recursion Readies Its AI, Experimental Biology Approach For The Clinic

Emerging Company Profile: With an early focus on rare, monogenic diseases, Recursion believes its platform combining artificial intelligence and experimental biology can be applied to any disease that can be modeled on a cellular level.

StartUps and SMEs Rare Diseases

J&J's Invokana Slows CKD Progression In Diabetes

Positive top-line efficacy data from the CREDENCE study suggest the SGLT2 inhibitor slows the progress of chronic kidney disease in type 2 diabetics, a finding which may eventually have a positive effect on the sales performance of the diabetic therapy.

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