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AstraZeneca scores fast-track FDA review for big new Brilinta use

Analysts weren't as excited about new Brilinta outcomes data as AstraZeneca was. The company is eyeing $3 billion in peak sales for the clot-buster, partly with the help of the PEGASUS trial, unveiled last month. Analysts figure on half that.

With U.S. sales suffering, GSK plots changes to quota-free pay model

GlaxoSmithKline's controversial overhaul of sales-rep compensation is due for some tweaks. After replacing its North American president earlier this year, the company has decided to revisit its so-called Patient First sales model, which pegs incentive pay to broad sales and performance goals rather than individual quotas.

Sanofi won't discount Toujeo to Lantus

Sanofi has news for all of the payers, providers and patients who thought the French drugmaker would discount its newly approved insulin Toujeo to get it established in the market. Think again.

Medicare takes $4.5B cost hit from superstar hep C treatments

Industry watchers knew Medicare would be shelling out a whole lot more on hepatitis C treatments last year, thanks to new-and-improved drugs. But just how much more did it cough up?

Gilead to require proof of citizenship to buy Sovaldi in poor countries

Not long after Gilead Sciences' high-priced hep C super drugs Sovaldi, and then combo drug Harvoni, hit the market, the California drugmaker struck deals with 11 generic drugmakers to make cut-rate versions available, and affordable, in 91 developing countries. But Gilead is not as generous as it might seem, Doctors Without Borders claims.

Imbruvica cocktail stalls CLL in new trial, raising hopes for bigger market

After agreeing to shell out a pretty penny for Imbruvica-maker Pharmacyclics earlier this month, AbbVie chief Richard Gonzalez assured investors that the drug had plenty of market growth ahead--and that much of that growth would come from moving into earlier lines of treatment in its approved indications, including CLL. Now, new Phase III results suggest the med is on the right track in that department.

Can AstraZeneca expect big things from long-awaited Brilinta data? Maybe not, analysts say

Much-anticipated data on AstraZeneca's clot-fighting drug Brilinta, unveiled over the weekend at the American College of Cardiology meeting, showed that Brilinta did stave off serious cardiovascular problems, when used long term alongside aspirin. But the numbers were small enough--and the bleeding risks high enough--to put a damper on new sales hopes.

Drug spending surged 13% last year, with pricey hep C meds leading the charge

U.S. prescription drug spending shot up 13.1% last year, according to a new report from Express Scripts. And the vocal price critic says it knows just who's to blame.

AbbVie paid a 'lofty,' 'staggering,' 'astronomical' price for Pharmacyclics. But was it too much?

It's just Friday, but the Monday morning quarterbacking on AbbVie's Pharmacyclics buy is in full swing. Did AbbVie overpay at $21 billion? Should it have let Johnson & Johnson take the prize instead? Does the rich deal for Pharmacyclics spell trouble for pharmas looking to make biotech buys? And really, did AbbVie overpay?

German court deals another EU patent blow to Lilly's blockbuster Alimta

It's more bad news for Eli Lilly's Alimta in Europe. After losing a patent fight last year with Actavis in England, the Indianapolis drugmaker has now lost another in Germany, paving the way for knockoff versions of its top drug there.