Novo touts comparative data on modern insulin Degludec; Glaxo invests in Theravance;

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> Denmark's Novo Nordisk reports that its modern insulin Degludec, a once-daily therapy, outperformed Sanofi's rival once-daily Lantus in a comparative study. Novo reported that they found that Degludec patients benefited from a lower rate of overall confirmed blood sugar and a lower rate of nocturnal confirmed blood sugar. Report

> GlaxoSmithKline is investing $6.7 million in Theravance, a biotech company it is partnered with. Story

> Echo Therapeutics says it has relocated its corporate headquarters from Franklin, MA to Philadelphia, PA. Echo release

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And Finally... Researchers say that in most cases new drugs are approved by the FDA even though there is no relevant comparative data available for payers on how their performance stacks up against existing meds. Story