The FDA has stamped its approval on sofosbuvir for hepatitis C, perhaps one of the most anticipated new drugs of the year. Gilead's therapy, which will be marketed as Sovaldi, will open the door to a new generation of treatments that don't require interferon--freeing patients from an arduous regimen tied to a host of nasty side effects.
Just over a month after crossing the T's on a $535 million acquisition by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Optimer Pharmaceuticals is shedding 177 jobs in the U.S. and Canada, New Jersey's Star-Ledger reports.
Ariad Pharmaceuticals seemed to dodge a bullet last month when the European Medicines Agency chose not to follow its U.S. counterpart, letting the troubled Iclusig stay on the market. Now, the regulator is reopening the books on Ariad's cancer drug, reviving concerns about the company's sole product and sending its shares down about 10%.
Geron got an early gift from its friends at the Mayo Clinic, as a release of upbeat imetelstat results sent its shares skyward Friday morning, rising as much as 30% in premarket trading on news its myelofibrosis drug triggered complete remission in some patients.
Novartis' in-development multiple myeloma candidate LBH589 hit its primary endpoint of staving off cancer progression in a late-stage study, the company said, stoking hopes the Swiss drugmaker can take first place among a new class of treatments.
One of the first deals Flemming Ornskov struck as the new CEO of Shire has soured quickly. The company says that its therapy for dry eye, lifitegrast, missed one of two key endpoints in a Phase III study, raising some serious questions about its future.