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Arkansas stiff-arms CF patients seeking Vertex's $300K drug Kalydeco: WSJ

The drug-pricing battle continues, but this time, Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi isn't at the center.  That dubious honor goes to Vertex Pharmaceuticals' cystic fibrosis treatment Kalydeco. According to a lawsuit filed by three CF patients, Arkansas Medicaid officials are locking them out of Kalydeco treatment.

Vertex could snag 250 more Kalydeco patients with EMA nod

Back in February, the FDA green-lighted Kalydeco to treat cystic fibrosis in patients with one of 8 distinct gating mutations, dramatically swelling the orphan drug's patient pool.

Vertex eyes another $45 million in sales as FDA swells Kalydeco's patient pool

Any drugmaker knows that no matter what a drug's sticker price, its sales can only go as far as its patient pool will take it. So for Vertex, whose cystic fibrosis med Kalydeco had reached nearly all eligible patients in the U.S. and Europe, a new FDA approval to treat more CF sufferers is pretty significant.

Vertex's Kalydeco flunks a Phase III for cystic fibrosis

Vertex Pharmaceuticals' piecemeal approach to the world's cystic fibrosis sufferers took a hit as Kalydeco failed to meet its primary endpoint in a Phase III trial on patients with one form of the disease, sending the company's shares down as much as 6% premarket on Thursday morning before an eventual rebound.

Vertex to slash 370 jobs in shift away from hep C drug

What happened? A new wave of hepatitis C treatments, led by Gilead Sciences' sofosbuvir. Heartily backed by an FDA advisory panel Friday, sofosbuvir is first in a class of treatments aimed at shortening hep C treatment, boosting its effectiveness and easing its notorious side effects. The coming all-oral drug cocktails will shut out interferon--and shunt Incivek aside.

AbbVie jumps into $405M CF deal with Galapagos

AbbVie has inked a $405 million deal with Belgium's Galapagos to target genetic mutations in patients with cystic fibrosis.

AbbVie continues deal spree with $405M CF tie-up with Galapagos

A day after AbbVie unveiled an $840 million tie-up to develop a new anti-inflammatory therapy, the pharma company is continuing its deal spree today with a $405 million discovery pact on cystic fibrosis with Belgium's Galapagos.

Bioinformatics gives U. Wisconsin team an 'edge' in cystic fibrosis study

University of Wisconsin researchers have undertaken a genomic study involving patients with cystic fibrosis, aiming to uncover data that explain variation in symptoms among those afflicted with the genetic lung disease. And researchers believe that bioinformatics and other new resources give them an "edge" in the fight to improve treatments, according to the university's release.

Insmed shares routed on head-to-head antibiotic Phase III results

Bright and early this morning Insmed ($INSM) announced that its inhaled antibiotic Arikace hit its primary endpoint in a Phase III study and was awarded fast-track status at the FDA.

Pharmaxis slashes staff after FDA red-flags cystic fibrosis treatment

The biotech says it will cut 48 jobs, or about a third of its workforce, as it gets ready to try to satisfy regulators with another study of the therapy, which is marketed in Europe.