GlaxoSmithKline's asthma behemoth Advair may be losing ground in Europe, but a legal win may stop some of the bleeding--at least in Germany. The British pharma giant has obtained a preliminary injunction there to stop Novartis' Sandoz from hawking its generic, AirFluSal Forspiro, thanks to the inhaler's purple color.
Investigators for Novartis pumped out more positive Phase III data for its psoriasis therapy secukinumab over the weekend, adding some patient satisfaction scores on the self-injected treatment as the company positions this new product against a host of rivals that promise to quickly crowd the field.
The U.K.'s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) is revising its stance on Novartis' meningitis B vaccine Bexsero. The jab, originally left off Britain's routine vaccination schedule, has gained the JCVI's nod, supplying a needed boost for the Swiss company's flailing vaccine unit.
Usually, it's the smaller drugmakers that take advantage of opportunities that present themselves when manufacturing problems arise at another company. But Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez is not above trying to drum up some business for his Sandoz generic drug unit by pointing out problems with some of the big drugmakers in India.
Novartis may have helped bring in guest speakers, distributed drug samples, and doled out grants to ophthalmologists affiliated with Western University in Canada, but the company exerted no undue influence on doctors there. That's the conclusion of an independent investigator brought in to check out allegations made by the ophthalmology department's former chair.
Five years after optioning the right to buy Proteon Therapeutics for up to $550 million, Novartis has walked away from the table despite what Proteon says was a successful study of its blood vessel-dilating drug, leaving the biotech to fend for itself as it prepares for Phase III.
Israel's Globes is reporting that Novartis is pursuing a deal to buy out Israel's Gamida Cell for "hundreds of millions" of dollars upfront and hundreds of millions more in milestones, adding up to a total of about $600 million.
Itlaian prosecutors have zeroed in on four executives at Roche and Novartis in their probe of potential fraud in the companies' eye-drug sales, Reuters reports, citing sources. The four executives weren't identified.
The use of Bexsero to quell meningitis B outbreaks at two U.S. universities has given Novartis safety data from 14,000 people, but also convinced the Swiss drugmaker it cannot keep shipping the vaccine under investigational use. Novartis has now outlined its plan to make Bexsero more widely available, starting with a submission to FDA in the second quarter.
Novartis employees were more involved in a Japanese drug study than previously suspected. The University of Tokyo Hospital said doctors not only let Novartis employees collect patient data from various trial sites but also allowed the Swiss drugmaker into its records on all 255 trial participants.