The UK home secretary announced that as of November 1, specialist doctors will...
- Roche reports sales growth as new drugs ease pressure from biosimilar competition
- Rival companies to tap $20bn global market with biosimilars for Humira
- Deals this week: Amicus Therapeutics, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Ionis Pharmaceuticals
- M&As this week: Ligand Pharmaceuticals, CVS Health, Mundipharma
- Deals this week: Janssen Pharmaceutical, Novartis, Novo Nordisk
How will the UK’s relaxed cannabis regulations impact clinical practice?
The UK home secretary announced that as of November 1, specialist doctors will be given the option to legally prescribe patients cannabis-based products if their patients would benefit from the treatment. This will stop regulations from limiting the disease indications that cannabis-based medicines can be prescribed for, and physicians will no longer need to seek approval from an expert panel for patients to access these medicines.
Roche reports sales growth as new drugs ease pressure from biosimilar competition
Swiss pharma company Roche reported 7% year on year increase in sales to CHF42.1bn ($42.5bn) in the first nine months of 2018 as newly launched drugs offset the impact of competition from cheaper biosmililars to its top selling medicines.
Sepha Multi-Q Leak Testing System
The Sepha Multi-Q is a standalone, multi-functional, non-destructive leak test system that can be used in combination with interchangeable attachments to fit the full range of container types available on the market today.
Trial design should give Dermira’s AD drug a better shot at Phase IIb success
Dermira’s lebrikizumab Phase IIb trial for atopic dermatitis (AD) has a better shot at statistical and clinical significance with the exclusion of corticosteroid, a class of steroid hormone, use. The outcome should be able to beat efficacy results of Roche’s previous proof-of-concept (POC) trial that tested lebrikizumab with corticosteroids and only achieved a 20% difference versus placebo, the inactive drug or treatment used in a clinical trial.
Roche’s Hemlibra: a (Bi)-specific shift in the hemophilia A market
The hemophilia drug market is currently undergoing major changes due to advances in recombinant protein engineering, as well as the introduction of gene therapy and novel strategies to target the coagulation cascade.
Roche makes a cautious investment in Ionis’ dAMD drug
Following up on Roche’s first partnership with Ionis Pharmaceuticals for an early-stage pipeline asset for Huntington’s disease, the two companies have signed a second deal, this time focusing on IONIS-FB-LRx, an antisense pipeline drug using Ionis’ advanced Ligand Conjugated Antisense (LICA) technology, which reduces the production of Factor B, a key protein in the complement innate immune system in a broad range of diseases.
ESMO 2018: previewing high-impact, late-breaking abstracts
The 2018 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Congress will begin in Munich on October 19, where combination therapies and immuno-oncology strategies feature heavily in the highest impact clinical research abstracts. The best studies at the congress, those considered cutting-edge or practice-changing, will be presented during the three plenary sessions, called Presidential Symposia at ESMO.
Temptime’s New Technology Supports Global Health Organisations
Temptime Corporation has unveiled a new technology to expand the range and flexibility of the company’s vaccine vial monitors (VVM), which monitor the temperature exposure of vaccines to ensure that they have not been compromised by excessive heat.
Could Brazilian-style incentives boost the US biosimilar market?
Nearly 10 years after the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 created an abbreviated pathway for biological products shown to be biosimilar to, or interchangeable with, an FDA-approved reference product, 12 biosimilar products have been approved in the US since March 2015.
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