The deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is pushing related vaccine and drug development efforts from first gear into overdrive. Today it's J&J's turn to step up, teaming with the Danish biotech Bavarian Nordic to pair up vaccine components into a new jab with the help of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. And the pharma giant says it can start testing the new combination vaccine in a rushed clinical trial slated to start in early 2015.
Johnson & Johnson and Bayer's Xarelto already heads up the pack of new-age anticoagulants, but the pair isn't quitting while it's ahead. Instead, the drugmakers are looking to expand that market lead with new clinical trials aimed at widening the drug's label.
Long beleaguered by claims related to defective all-metal hip implants, Johnson & Johnson is shoring up for its latest courtroom battle as the company faces the first trial for one of its artificial hip devices.
Johnson & Johnson is reportedly seeking a buyer for its Cordis unit, which is focused on vascular medical devices. This would be the second major divestiture for the conglomerate this year, it sold Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics to private equity firm The Carlyle Group in June for $4.2 billion.
Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Synthes unit is facing regulators' ire as the FDA slapped the company's recall of its jaw-stabilizing device with a Class I label, its most serious designation.
Johnson & Johnson has deepened its ties to regenerative medicine outfit ViaCyte, handing the biotech $20 million in exchange for a future stake in the company and the right to acquire its in-development diabetes medication.
Pharma giants AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi have teamed up with gene sequencing pioneer Illumina to create a single test that screen patients for a wealth of cancer-related gene variants, allowing drugmakers to identify the ideal recipients of their oncology drugs.
U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has delivered a blow to Johnson & Johnson's Zytiga in final draft guidance recommending against the prostate cancer pill as a treatment for prostate cancer before chemotherapy. And nobody seems very happy about it--including NICE itself.
Like many medical device companies, Johnson & Johnson is waging patent battles on many fronts at once. Recently, two cases in which J&J was the defendant took interesting twists.
South Korea's Celltrion is aiming to be second in line when biosimilars make their U.S. landfall, filing an FDA application to market a knockoff of Johnson & Johnson's blockbuster Remicade.