India's policy regarding intellectual property protection has bounced back once again to deny an MNC patent challenged by a local drugmaker. This one was filed by the local unit of Fresenius Kabi Oncology against a Pfizer patent.
Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb's new-age anticoagulant, Eliquis, has been ramping up after a slow start. But Johnson & Johnson, maker of market leader Xarelto, need not worry, thanks to that med's wide base of indications and hefty clinical trials program.
Johnson & Johnson and Bayer are wont to brag about their achievements with Xarelto, one of the new generation of anticoagulant meds. Rightfully so: Though second to that market by many months, the companies grabbed market share from their old standby rival warfarin and their head-to-head competition Pradaxa, too.
The curtain is up on the first act of the annual cancer drug lollapalooza at ASCO. The first round of abstracts spotlights a series of early winners--including Roche--and at least one big loser: Puma Biotechnology.
In the department of employee lawsuits, Pfizer is the latest drugmaker in the hot seat. But the seat is hotter for the visually impaired sales rep who sued because the company wouldn't provide a driver to ferry her to doctors' offices.
When it comes to Big Pharma's reputation, "average" says it all. That's the story from the research firm Reputation Institute, which perennially puts major drugmakers right smack in the middle of its scorecard. In other words, pharma is a C student.
Pfizer is still king of the CNS hill, bringing in sales that top its Big Pharma rivals. But the company could soon face some competition at the top, as Biogen moves in with promising sales for its multiple sclerosis drugs, according to a report from GlobalData prepared for PMLiVE.
Continuing a deal spree aimed at beefing up a weak pipeline, Pfizer has agreed to pay $87.5 million for a stake in the Dutch biotech AM-Pharma along with an option to buy the biotech. And there's another $512.5 million on the table should Pfizer exercise its option, with the deal hinging on the biotech's successful completion of a Phase II study of a new treatment for acute kidney injury (AKI) related to sepsis.
If the early bird catches the worm, then Pfizer's breast cancer drug Ibrance--which won a quick approval more than two months ahead of the FDA's decision date--should be feasting. And according to company execs, it is.
Pfizer and 23andMe have begun enrolling people in their lupus study. The partners aim to recruit 5,000 people into the study of the genetics of lupus over the next 12 months, in part by asking existing 23andMe customers to participate.