Blockbuster ipilimumab decision looms at FDA; Shire's Firazyr gets PDUFA date;

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> The FDA's deadline for making a decision on ipilimumab, Bristol-Myers Squibb's blockbuster new antibody for melanoma, is looming, Late last year the agency pushed back the PDUFA date on ipilimumab to March 26. BMS landed the drug, which analysts estimate could earn upwards of $1.5 billion a year, when it acquired Medarex. Story

> Regulators at the FDA say that data on Oxigene's thyroid cancer drug may clinical activity but it will need to conduct a new study focused on survival benefits in order to win an approval. Oxigene's shares surged seven percent on the news. Report

> Shire says that the FDA has marked August 25th on the calendar as the PDUFA date for Firazyr, a treatment for hereditary angioedema. Story

> Anacor Pharmaceuticals has inked a loan agreement led by Oxford Finance Corporation and partnered with Horizon Technology Finance Corporation for up to $30 million. Release

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