Japan's Astellas Pharma has seen enough of tivozanib, washing its hands of the once-promising cancer drug and putting an end to a three-year collaboration with Aveo Oncology.
Aveo Oncology and Astellas Pharma are shutting down a Phase II study of tivozanib in breast cancer after failing to enroll enough patients, the partners announced.
The U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is known to change its mind. But this time, Britain's cost watchdog has set limitations on its recommendation for prostate cancer pill Xtandi--and maker Astellas is none too happy.
Astellas presented summary results from Phase III trials of the Protein Sciences' flu shot it plans to commercialize in Japan. Separately, Takeda signed a deal to begin selling a freeze-dried live attenuated chickenpox vaccine in Japan.
The partnership sees Astellas team up with ClearPath, a Maryland-based company that helps develop early-stage drugs.
Soon after Xtandi hit the market last year, analysts were figuring that the prostate cancer drug would help pump up that market to $9.1 billion by 2021. And now, the drug has shown success in a Phase III trial eyeing Xtandi as a prechemo treatment for advanced prostate cancer.
Xtandi, the prostate cancer drug from Astellas, is a pill, and that is a benefit to patients in the eyes of an independent committee for the U.K.'s price watchdog, NICE. But then, so is Johnson & Johnson's competitor Zytiga, which NICE has already approved. The difference is that Xtandi can be taken after eating, an advantage the makes it more convenient in the eyes of NICE evaluators who have favored its use in the U.K.
In the bid to propel personalized medicine into everyday use, Biodesix may have hit pay dirt. The company's recently concluded Phase III trial appears to show that its lung cancer blood diagnostic successfully predicts treatment outcomes for two different therapies.
Amgen has seemed sorely in need of an Asian expansion strategy as competitors put down eastern roots and seemed to pass it by. But with an agreement this morning with Astellas Pharma to establish a new joint venture in Japan, the world's biggest biotech showed it won't be left behind.
In a sharp reversal of its long neglect of diseases that afflict in the poor in the world's emerging markets, a slate of Japan's top pharma companies have joined a $100 million effort to tackle HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and tropical diseases.