Novartis' Neulasta knockoff moves ahead at FDA; Vertex nabs two new Kalydeco approvals in EU;

> Novartis' ($NVS) Sandoz unit closed in on another Amgen ($AMGN) blockbuster with its FDA filing for approval of a biosimilar Neulasta; the Swiss drugmaker launched its Neupogen knockoff Zarxio earlier this year. Release | Report

> Vertex Pharmaceuticals ($VRTX) won two new approvals in Europe for Kalydeco, its cystic fibrosis treatment and blockbuster hopeful. Release

> Isis Pharmaceuticals ($ISIS), a California biotech, is considering changing its name in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Report

> Sales of a Viagra knockoff in China are swelling, with one company reporting $109 million in revenue for the drug in its first year. Report

> Merck KGaA and Pfizer ($PFE) won FDA breakthrough status for their cancer fighter avelumab, a PD-L1 immunotherapy. Report

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