Spotlight On... New data boosts Novo against Sanofi in insulin-market fight; Bristol, Pfizer sign Eliquis antidote pact with Portola in Japan; Abbott snaps up Alere diagnostics for $5.8B; and more...

Novo Nordisk ($NVO) has some new data in hand that could help a safety advantage make its way onto the label of new drug Tresiba--and win it points against heavyweight rival Sanofi ($SNY). In a recent study, the med hit its primary endpoint, cutting the number of hypoglycemic events by 30% compared with the French drugmaker's Lantus. Tresiba's rate of hypoglycemia tallied 186 events per 100 patient years, compared with 265 on Lantus. And as for hypoglycemia episodes at night, the study's secondary endpoint, Tresiba slashed them by 42%. More from FiercePharmaMarketing

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> Bristol-Myers Squibb ($BMY) and Pfizer ($PFE) have inked a collaboration deal with Portola Pharmaceuticals to develop and market Portola's andexanet alfa--a candidate reversal agent for new-age anticoagulants such as the pair's Eliquis--in Japan. Release

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> The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended Bristol-Myers Squibb and AbbVie's ($ABBV) multiple myeloma immunotherapy, Empliciti, for approval. Report

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> Bristol-Myers, Pfizer and Eisai bet big biobucks on the Japanese market. Story

> Lilly considers taking the plunge on a next-gen GLP-1 drug for diabetes. More

Animal Health News

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Biotech IT News

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> BioClinica rolls out tech-enabled postapproval research service. Item

> DNAnexus connects genomics platform to Sapio Sciences' LIMS. More

> AstraZeneca taps CRISPR to extract value from genome data. Report

> Leo Pharma mounts $70M push into digital health technology. Article

Pharma Marketing News

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> Roche's pharma chief sees no 'short term' pricing pressure on its cancer blockbusters. More

> Novartis retrains Entresto reps, plans field force expansion as payers finally step up. Report

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