The FDA is adding a warning about the risk for bone fractures and concerns about decreased bone density to the label for Johnson & Johnson's hot-selling SGLT2 inhibitor Invokana.
Swiss biotech Actelion is discussing a $2.5 billion buyout of ZS Pharma, it confirmed Thursday, sending shares of its target soaring.
Boehringer Ingelheim and Roche's meds for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may have won FDA approval on the same day, but in Europe, BI's contender, Ofev, has been playing catch-up since snagging its regulatory green-light. On Friday, though, it got a boost from British cost watchdogs could help it out in that department.
AbbVie wants to get the most that it can out of blockbuster Humira before biosimilars in the U.S. and Europe come knocking. Part of that plan involves expanding the drug's label, and the Illinois pharma recently notched a win as the FDA approved Humira to treat a rare inflammatory skin disease.
U.K.-based AstraZeneca is buying and intends to eventually employ 400 at a Colorado biologics plant that Amgen closed last year as part of its massive two-stage move to lay off 4,000 people.
Horizon Pharma has officially begun mailing solicitation materials to shareholders of unwilling M&A target Depomed, including a letter related to its efforts to call the two special meetings it'll need if it wants to seal its deal.
All eyes are on Perrigo's investors, who will have to decide whether to accept Mylan's offer when the wannabe acquirer takes it to them next Monday. And Israeli businessman Mori Arkin, for one, plans to deliver a resounding "no."
Pfizer has not only lost a key patent fight over Lyrica in Britain. It's now under fire for threatening legal action against doctors and pharmacies to enforce that very patent.
The Centers for Disease Control immunization committee stopped short of advising routine vaccination against meningitis B, instead leaving the decision up to doctors and families. And now, U.S. universities are tackling MenB vaccination in a multitude of ways.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and his cohort, Rep. Elijah Cummings, are rolling out their drug pricing bill at a press conference Thursday morning. The Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 includes some tactics that have fallen flat in Congress before--government power to directly negotiate drug prices, for instance. Its newer ideas include full disclosure--of R&D and manufacturing costs, profits and pricing in other countries, among other numbers.
Getting patients to stick to their meds is a common refrain in pharma, as companies chase stellar sales and potential savings. But drug adherence could also play a role in the Medicaid realm, as new research shows that patients in the program taking their prescription drugs resulted in cost savings.
After scrambling to convert Namenda patients over to a newer, longer-lasting version of the med, Allergan certainly doesn't want generic competition to the updated version. And for now, it's dodged a bullet, by striking an accord with Amneal to keep its copy off the market for more than four years.
Activist investor Carl Icahn is jumping into the biopharma fray once again, this time getting involved with struggling obesity drugmaker Vivus.
Payers ready to balk at the cost of new cholesterol-fighting PCSK9 drugs could have some new backing. A not-for-profit drug pricing watchdog, which analyzed data on the drugs, says they should cost only about one-third of their list price at most--and even less to avoid an undue burden on the healthcare system.
GlaxoSmithKline's respiratory business, struggling in the face of Advair price cuts, could use the few billion dollars analysts predicted it could generate if newcomer Breo aced an outcomes study. But no dice, the company reported Tuesday.
In a new wrinkle in Sun Pharmaceutical's plans for merging Ranbaxy Laboratories, the Indian company is putting together a list of plants that it will sell or close and among them is a facility in Tipperary, Ireland.
Roche CEO Severin Schwan isn't worried about the company's progress in emerging markets. While the helmsman acknowledged a slowdown in China and currency issues in Brazil, the company is still on track to post growth in the long term, Schwan said in an interview with Bloomberg.
It looks like the federal court ruling last month that Amarin had the "free speech" right to promote its fish oil product Vascepa for off-label use will become nettlesome to the FDA. A second drugmaker, Pacira, has now filed suit looking for a court to grant it similar permission on the way it markets its pain drug Exparel.
Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez sees a couple of rays of hope for drug spending--and for the viability of higher-priced meds. Big Data, for one. And performance-based pricing for another.
A surge of opioid-related deaths in the U.S. has created an opportunity for pharma companies that make the overdose antidote naloxone.