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    JPM22: Aftershocks for Lilly, CRISPR versus CRISPR and Bluebird's crucial year

    A restrictive Medicare decision on Alzheimer's drugs sent Lilly shares tumbling, while the CEO of Editas brushed off competitive threats to his company's gene editing technology. 

    By , Jan. 12, 2022
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    JPM22: M&A anxiety, Roche's comeback plan and Vir's omicron moment

    Pharma executives fielded many questions about their dealmaking intentions on the conference's second day, while Roche outlined its plan to compete against Merck and Bristol Myers in cancer immunotherapy.

    By , Jan. 11, 2022
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    Inside the race to bring coronavirus vaccines to the world

    More than a dozen shots are cleared for use in some fashion around the world. Producing enough supply and addressing the spread of coronavirus variants are the next challenges. 

    By BioPharma Dive staff
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    Medicare proposes to limit coverage of Biogen Alzheimer's drug

    The program will only cover Aduhelm, which the FDA controversially approved last June, for patients enrolled in rigorous clinical trials, likely forestalling broader adoption of the treatment.

    By , Updated Jan. 11, 2022
  • 5 questions facing the FDA in 2022

    If Robert Califf wins Senate confirmation as expected, he will face a lengthy agenda as well as questions on Aduhelm controversy, accelerated approval and agency funding.

    By Jan. 11, 2022
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    JPM22: Pfizer's big bet on mRNA, Biogen 'proven wrong' on Aduhelm price and the next cell therapies

    The healthcare conference's first day brought a trio of mRNA deals from Pfizer, a rare admission from Biogen's CEO and new focus on what's next in cell therapy.

    By , , Jan. 10, 2022
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    The pandemic isn't over; neither is the new era of healthcare logistics

    We have to focus on maintaining a sustainable, collaborative supply chain that delivers for everyone on this hard road ahead.

    Jan. 10, 2022
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    US pauses distribution of Regeneron, Lilly antibodies over omicron concerns

    The decision follows worrisome results in lab studies that indicated omicron can evade both drugs and leaves the U.S. with fewer treatments to respond to the variant's spread.

    By Updated Jan. 4, 2022
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    Novartis wins FDA approval for new heart drug, but faces uphill sales battle

    Leqvio, which Novartis acquired for nearly $10 billion two years ago, arrives with high sales expectations. But uptake could be slow as insurers and doctors weigh the drug's safety and cost-effectiveness.

    By Dec. 22, 2021
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    COVID-19 pills from Pfizer, Merck authorized by FDA in major pandemic milestone

    Paxlovid and molnupiravir are the first oral treatments for COVID-19, potentially valuable new tools as the fast-spreading omicron variant fuels a sharp surge in cases across the U.S. 

    By Updated Dec. 23, 2021
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    Novartis ups investment in gene therapy for the eye with $800M buyout

    The deal for Gyroscope Therapeutics, worth up to $1.5 billion, gives the Swiss pharma access to a treatment for a type of age-related blindness as well as new means of delivering drugs into the eye.

    By Dec. 22, 2021
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    Duchenne patient dies in Pfizer gene therapy study

    The tragic news follows changes Pfizer recently made to the design of another study testing the therapy due to side effects seen in some participants. 

    By Dec. 21, 2021
  • GSK's long-acting HIV shot approved for preventive use

    The landmark FDA approval makes Apretude the first injectable treatment in the U.S. for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.

    By Dec. 21, 2021
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    Sanofi to buy cancer immunotherapy biotech for $1B

    The French drugmaker is interested in Amunix Pharmaceuticals' technology, which could allow for more precise delivery of biologic drugs into cancerous tissue.

    By Dec. 21, 2021
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    EU regulator says member countries can use Pfizer's experimental COVID pill

    The European Medicines Agency is still reviewing Paxlovid but, citing fast increasing cases and deaths from COVID-19, offered flexibility to EU countries which may authorize emergency use.

    By Dec. 16, 2021
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    Flush with cash, large drugmakers turn to share buybacks, deals

    Novartis is using funds gained from the recent sale of its stake in Roche to buy back $15 billion worth of its own shares, while Pfizer is signaling more dealmaking could follow its buyout of Arena.

    By Dec. 16, 2021
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    Pfizer opens gene therapy plant in $800M North Carolina expansion

    The new facility cost nearly $70 million to build, and is part of a major push by the pharma giant to become a leader in genetic medicine manufacturing.

    By Kristin Jensen • Dec. 16, 2021
  • Lilly ups revenue forecast amid windfall from COVID-19 drugs

    While the boost from its COVID-19 treatments might be temporary, Lilly believes next year's revenue will hold up thanks to newer products. Also on the horizon are potential approvals for key Alzheimer's and diabetes medicines.

    By Dec. 15, 2021
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    Bristol Myers returns to Immatics for a dual-targeting cancer drug

    The pharma has expanded an alliance with a German biotech by paying $150 million for a drug candidate that executives hope can have "cell therapy-like efficacy" for solid tumors. 

    By Dec. 14, 2021
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    Latest Roche results show promise for new type of cancer immunotherapy

    Updated Phase 2 data suggested an experimental drug targeting the protein TIGIT could bolster the benefit of Roche's Tecentriq in certain people with advanced lung cancer.

    By Dec. 10, 2021
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    AstraZeneca antibody cleared by FDA for preventive use against COVID-19

    Evusheld, a combination of two antibodies, is meant to be long-acting, proving protective against disease through six months in clinical testing.

    By Dec. 8, 2021
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    Vaccine from Medicago, GSK protective against COVID-19 in large study

    The vaccine, which Medicago plans to soon submit to Canadian regulators, would be the first of its type, though supply appears likely to be limited.

    By Dec. 7, 2021
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    Lilly drug becomes first COVID antibody cleared for use in young children

    The emergency clearance from the FDA allows for treatment of mild and moderate disease as well as prevention in those exposed and at high risk.

    By Dec. 6, 2021
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    Novartis pays $150M for access to UCB's Parkinson's drug

    UCB's experimental pill is one of the most advanced projects that's aimed at blocking accumulation of an abnormal protein in patients' brains.

    By Dec. 2, 2021
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    FDA panel, after debate, narrowly backs Merck COVID pill

    While agency advisers raised concerns over molnupiravir's modest benefits and potential risks, a majority felt the antiviral drug is a needed option for COVID-19 patients at high risk of severe disease.

    By Updated Nov. 30, 2021
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    GSK hires away top Pfizer vaccine scientist

    Philip Dormitzer, who helped Pfizer develop shots for COVID-19, RSV and influenza, will become the British pharma's head of vaccine R&D next month.

    By Nov. 30, 2021