Pharma giants AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi have teamed up with gene sequencing pioneer Illumina to create a single test that screen patients for a wealth of cancer-related gene variants, allowing drugmakers to identify the ideal recipients of their oncology drugs.
Pfizer may not get a great shot at buying AstraZeneca this fall--but it's preparing to give it a try. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports, the U.S.-based drug giant is looking at Actavis, the generics maker with a new home address in Ireland, among other targets.
AstraZeneca's antibiotic combination treatment beat out standard meropenem in treating complicated infections, the company said, setting the table for a near-term shot at regulatory approval.
The U.S. Department of Justice closed out its probe of a key Brilinta trial--and without further ado. No additional label warnings. And certainly no forced withdrawal from the U.S. market.
Cancer Genetics isn't making money yet. But the New Jersey developer of DNA-based cancer diagnostics closed out its 2014 second quarter with smaller losses, some strategic acquisitions and a biomarker development partnership with AstraZeneca.
AstraZeneca has launched a Phase III test of its targeted IL-13 asthma drug tralokinumab, beefing up its late-stage pipeline for respiratory diseases and squaring off against some major league competition now in the clinic.
Germany's Merck KGaA's pharma side remains weak after several years of cuts and consolidation. It needs to be built back up, perhaps through acquisitions, CEO Karl-Ludwig Kley concedes. Until then, the company is counting on its chemicals and electronics operations to buoy its results.
AstraZeneca had some upbeat news to report Wednesday morning, noting that a slate of key Phase III combination studies for the gout drug lesinurad crossed the finish line with positive results for three out of four primary endpoints, raising hopes that the once star-crossed pharma giant may be on the verge of a blockbuster approval. And the company says it plans to push ahead with regulatory applications with the late-stage data now in hand.
U.S. drugmakers have embraced the tax inversion strategy with open arms as of late, buying up foreign companies right and left and hauling overseas to take advantage of their lower rates. But U.S. officials are looking to stop them in their tracks--an intent that has some pharma investors worried.
Backtracking on a positive decision it made four years ago, Britain's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has dealt a blow to AstraZeneca by withdrawing its endorsement of the company's drug Iressa for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer patients who have failed previous treatments.