MERCK: FDA Approves Merck’s KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) for Treatment of Refractory or Relapsed Primary Mediastinal Large B-Cell Lymphoma (PMBCL)

Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S.Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved KEYTRUDA®, the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with refractory primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL), or who have relapsed after two or more prior lines of therapy. Read More »

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIB: Empliciti (elotuzumab) Plus Pomalidomide and Low-Dose Dexamethasone Reduces the Risk of Disease Progression by 46% Versus Pomalidomide/Dexamethasone Alone in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced that the ELOQUENT-3 trial, an international Phase 2 study evaluating the addition of Empliciti (elotuzumab) to pomalidomide and low-dose dexamethasone (EPd) in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM), achieved its primary endpoint, showing a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) for patients treated with EPd compared with pomalidomide and dexamethasone (Pd) alone. Read More »

ABBVIE: AbbVie Announces New Undetectable Minimal Residual Disease Data from Phase 3 Relapsed/Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia MURANO Trial of Venetoclax in Combination with Rituximab at 23rd European Hematology Association Annual Congress

AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the presentation of investigational data from a new analysis of undetectable minimal residual disease (uMRD) rates from the pivotal Phase 3 MURANO trial of venetoclax, a first-in-class oral B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL-2) inhibitor, in combination with rituximab (VenR) in patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Read More »

ALLERGAN, INC: Allergan Announces Positive Topline Phase 3 Clinical Data for Bimatoprost SR (Sustained-Release) Implant for IOP Lowering in Patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension

Allergan plc, (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, today announced the release of new topline clinical trial data on Bimatoprost SR, the first-in-class sustained-release, biodegradable implant for the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Read More »

MERCK: FDA Grants Priority Review to Merck’s Supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for GARDASIL®9 in Women and Men Ages 27 to 45 for the Prevention of Certain HPV-Related Cancers and Diseases

Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review a new supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for GARDASIL ® 9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant), the company’s 9-valent HPV vaccine. Read More »

PHARMACEUTICAL CARE MANAGEMENT CARE ASSOCIATION: Federal Circuit Court Unanimously Strikes Down Arkansas Mandate Restricting PBM Tools

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a unanimous three judge decision, today ruled in favor of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association’s (PCMA) challenge (PCMA vs. Rutledge) to Arkansas law, Act 900, which restricted pharmacy benefit management (PBM) tools, and required employers and consumers to pay higher rates to independent drugstores for prescription drugs. Read More »

GENENTECH,INC: FDA Approves Genentech’s Rituxan (Rituximab) for Pemphigus Vulgaris

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Rituxan® (rituximab) for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe pemphigus vulgaris (PV), a rare, serious, potentially life-threatening condition characterized by progressive painful blistering of the skin and mucous membranes.1 Read More »

ABBVIE: AbbVie Announces U.S. FDA Approval of VENCLEXTA® (venetoclax tablets) in Combination with Rituximab as a Fixed Duration Treatment for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia or Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma Patients Who Have Received One Prior Therapy

AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved, under priority review, VENCLEXTA® (venetoclax tablets) in combination with rituximab for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), with or without 17p deletion, who have received at least one prior therapy Read More »

CELGENE CORPORATION: Celgene Announces Updated Safety and Efficacy Data from the TRANSCEND Trial of liso-cel (JCAR017) in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at ASCO

Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) today announced updated six-month safety and efficacy data from the TRANSCEND (NHL-001) study of lisocabtagene maraleucel (liso-cel; JCAR017), an investigational CD19-directed CAR T cell therapy, in patients with relapsed/refractory (r/r) aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in a presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Read More »

GILEAD SCIENCES, INC: Hookipa and Gilead Enter into a Collaboration and License Agreement to Develop Immunotherapies Against HIV and Hepatitis B

Hookipa Biotech AG ("Hookipa"), a clinical-stage biotech company pioneering an innovative class of active immunization therapies for oncology and infectious diseases and Gilead Sciences, Inc., ("Gilead"), a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need, today announced that they have entered into a research collaboration and license agreement that grants Gilead exclusive rights to Hookipa's TheraT® and Vaxwave® arenavirus vector-based immunization technologies for two major chronic infectious disease indications, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Read More »

GENENTECH, INC: FDA Approves Genentech’s Rituxan (Rituximab) for Pemphigus Vulgaris

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the U.S.Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Rituxan® (rituximab) for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe pemphigus vulgaris (PV), a rare, serious, potentially life-threatening condition characterized by progressive painful blistering of the skin and mucous membranes.1 Read More »

ELI LILLY AND COMPANY: FDA Expands Lilly's ALIMTA® (pemetrexed) Label to Include Combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) and Carboplatin as First-Line Treatment for Metastatic Nonsquamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Irrespective of PD-L1 Expression

Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for a new indication for ALIMTA® (pemetrexed for injection) in combination with carboplatin and KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) for the initial treatment of patients with metastatic nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), irrespective of PD-L1 expression status. . Read More »

ASTRAZENECA PHARMACEUTICALS LP: Lynparza in combination with abiraterone delayed disease progression in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer

AstraZeneca and Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., US (Merck: known as MSD outside the US and Canada) today presented data, which showed clinical improvement in median radiologic progression-free survival (rPFS) with Lynparza (olaparib) in combination with abiraterone compared to abiraterone monotherapy, a standard of care, in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Read More »

ASTELLAS PHARMA US, INC.: Astellas and Seattle Genetics Present at ASCO 2018 on Enfortumab Vedotin in Patients with Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer Previously Treated with Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy

Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D., "Astellas") and Seattle Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGEN) today announced the presentation of updated phase 1 data of enfortumab vedotin, an investigational antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Read More »