The U.S. has its first publicly available adjuvanted seasonal flu vaccine in Fluad, formerly a Novartis shot that is now owned by CSL's Seqirus unit.
Russia has a lot of purchasing muscle, but few sellers when it comes to pharmaceuticals, so the government has a plan to lure them with a vast increase in the products it buys from local makers. The nation's officials are focusing on the foreign drugmakers to set up production plants in Russia as one way to emerge from a string of recessions.
Novartis' Alcon expanded the recall of its intraocular lenses in Japan, pushing the number of affected units to 89,042, due to a continued increase in reports of postoperative inflammation among patients who received the AcrySof IQ Toric lens.
A new study shows that prices for 19 brand-name dermatology meds, including two from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, have increased almost fivefold, on average, over the past 6 years.
A revolution is happening in psoriasis treatment, and Novartis was the company to get it started with next-gen therapy Cosentyx, approved earlier this year. And the Swiss drugmaker in January set a list price it hoped would help turn the tide.
Novartis' blockbuster-in-waiting, Entresto, has been handed its second big approval. The new heart failure drug has snagged an OK from the European Commission.
Genmab's plans to develop ofatumumab for lymphoma came to a halt as the company pulled the plug early on a Phase III trial that was unlikely to meet its goals, souring an investment from partner Novartis.
Novartis has been jockeying for additional uses for its next-gen psoriasis med, Cosentyx, hoping that a trifecta of indications will help generate blockbuster sales and distinguish the drug from its competition in a hot market. Now the med is moving one step closer toward achieving its blockbuster aspirations with an EU nod to treat patients with psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
Bestselling asthma drugs from Novartis and respiratory behemoth GlaxoSmithKline are also showing more adverse events in post-marketing safety data than competing products from Merck, according to a new report, potentially presenting issues further down the line as companies duke it out for market share.
Novartis is moving toward the U.S. market with a biosimilar of Amgen's Neulasta, awaiting FDA approval for a long-acting treatment designed to boost white blood cell count.