Akebia touts positive PhII anemia study; GTx outlines new trial plans for Capesaris;

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> Cincinnati-based Akebia Therapeutics says it gathered positive data in a Phase II dose-ranging study of AKB-6548 in patients with stage 3 and 4 chronic kidney disease. AKB-6548 is an oral HIF-PH inhibitor designed to increase the production of erythropoietin, spurring a rise in hemoglobin in patients with anemia. The study met its primary endpoint of a dose-responsive increase in hemoglobin from baseline over the 42 days of the study. Release

> GTx says it's prepping for talks with the FDA on a new design for clinical trials of Capesaris, a prostate cancer treatment that drew a clinical hold from the FDA after it was linked to an increased risk of blood clots. The developer wants to test a lower dose as a secondary treatment for the disease. Report

> Angiotech says it will gain an initial $20 million payment from Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) for certain IP related to its wound closure technology. J&J is also committed to paying an additional $42 million in potential contingent considerations. Release

> Sucampo Pharmaceuticals announced positive top-line results from a Phase III study designed to evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of lubiprostone in opioid-induced bowel dysfunction patients with chronic, non-cancer-related pain. CEO Ryuji Ueno says Sucampo is prepared to file a supplemental NDA. Release

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