Otsuka is facing plenty of bleeding, now that its blockbuster antipsychotic Abilify has generic competition. But the company is working hard to soften the blow, and a brand-new FDA approval for a long-acting antipsychotic could help.
Otsuka and its partner Lundbeck snagged an FDA approval for Rexulti (brexpiprazole) to treat schizophrenia and as an add-on therapy for major depression, leaving the two companies prepping for an August launch into an increasingly crowded field.
Lundbeck's new CEO Kåre Schultz just wrapped up his first month on the job, and chances are he's brainstorming about how to jump-start the company's Brintellix launch. And as Forbes ' John LaMattina notes, the answer might lie with payers.
Last month, the European Parliament voted to push the European Commission to take a harder stance on curbing alcohol's harmful health effects. And Lundbeck, which markets alcoholism drug Selincro, did its part to make that happen.
Mystery solved: Novo Nordisk heir apparent Kåre Schultz didn't just up and leave the Danish drugmaker. He left for the top job at crosstown colleague Lundbeck, vacant since that CEO stepped down in disgrace in November.
Former Teva CEO Jeremy Levin has taken the pilot's seat at a stealth biotech devoted to rare brain diseases and is piloting a course straight into the industry spotlight.
Lundbeck is giving up on its efforts to develop desmoteplase as a treatment for stroke, as disappointing data have made it unclear just how to proceed.
Here's some good news for Lundbeck in an otherwise bleak week: The U.K.'s cost watchdog has endorsed its alcohol-dependence treatment, Selincro.
Last year Lundbeck CEO Ulf Wiinberg got a "gift" of some shares in a biotech called Stratified Medical, a London-based company that bills itself as a partner that can help drug developers more efficiently develop new therapies. And after the gift arrived, Lundbeck invested 19 million Danish krone--a little more than $3 million--into the company.
You breach your company's code of conduct, you're out of the CEO's chair--at least, if you're Lundbeck CEO Ulf Wiinberg. The Danish drugmaker's chief is packing his bags after failing to follow procedures on stock ownership.