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AstraZeneca partner Ardelyx scores a trial success for GI drug

Fresh off an IPO, Ardelyx reports that its lead drug tenapanor (RDX5791) scored a success in a large Phase IIb trial for irritable bowel syndrome. And that counts as a win for AstraZeneca, which signed a $272 million partnership deal on the drug back in 2012--part of a deal frenzy aimed at repairing a damaged pipeline.

AstraZeneca moves away from outsourcing, at least in IT

AstraZeneca is looking to bring more of its IT work in-house, spending money to stand up an Indian hub that will replace much of its contract spend in the field.

ESMO: Bristol-Myers, Roche, AstraZeneca, GSK, Merck jostle for spotlight

Over the weekend oncology investigators from all around the world gathered in Madrid at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2014 Congress to review the latest advances--and setbacks--in the fast-moving field of cancer drug research. As usual, the big companies dominated the discussions, as rival oncology groups touted new data as they tried to position competing therapies in the global scramble to develop new and better cancer drugs, now one of the hottest fields in R&D.

EU panel backs slew of new drugs and uses, boosting Lilly, AZ, Novartis, Gilead and more

When Europe's drug approval gatekeepers meet, they often tick off recommendations for some key Big Pharma products. This week, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use backed a whopping 15 new meds and 3 new indications.

AstraZeneca unloads discontinued injectables to specialty generics maker IGI

Talk about selling off old products. AstraZeneca has unloaded 18 drugs it no longer sells to specialty generics maker IGI Laboratories. Apparently, IGI thinks it can profit from reintroducing meds that weren't worth the trouble for a drug giant.

IGI jumps into sterile injectable biz with $9.5M deal with AstraZeneca

Some companies, like Hikma, have had great success targeting drugs on the FDA shortage list, getting them to market and reaping the premium pricing that comes from supplying pent-up demand. Now IGI Laboratories has plans to do the same, having picked up 17 currently retired injectable drugs from AstraZeneca, nearly half of which are on the FDA list.

AstraZeneca builds up in-house IT operations with 300 in India

AstraZeneca's cost-cutting announcement actually had a hiring aspect to it. It is building a global network of IT centers that will replace the technology outsourcing it has been doing for more than a dozen years.

AstraZeneca opens Indian IT center as 13-year outsourcing experiment nears end

AstraZeneca is following the well-trodden path of offshoring part of its IT to India. But unlike some of its peers--and in a reversal of its own strategy--the Big Pharma is adding in-house capacity and lessening its reliance on IT service providers.

AstraZeneca sends James Van Der Beek 'camping' to promote FluMist Quadrivalent

To get the word out on AstraZeneca's needle-free FluMist Quadrivalent vaccine, the company has brought on James Van Der Beek--of "Dawson's Creek" fame--to participate in its "Insist on the Mist" campaign.

Can AstraZeneca turn its Movantik constipation pill into a blockbuster?

AstraZeneca's brand-new Movantik has an edge on rivals in the opioid-induced constipation (OIC) market, which is expected to near $2 billion by 2017. It's the first mu-opioid approved for OIC, and the first mu-opioid pill, period.