A federal judge's inclination means Pfizer could remain in the line of fire to pay out more than $2 billion. That is the potential liability Pfizer faces for a federal lawsuit accusing its Wyeth unit of failing to pay Medicaid rebates for stomach upset drug Protonix.
Johnson & Johnson and Bayer are leading the four-horse race among new-age anticoagulants, and they're hoping some new real-world safety data for Xarelto can help keep the med in the No. 1 spot.
Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare last week gave the nod to several new drug indications, including Mitsubishi Tanabe's Remicade for intravenous use and indications of entero-Behcet, neuro-Behcet and vasculo-Behcet diseases when existing treatments are inadequate, a spokesman for the ministry said.
Good news for partners Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer: In a Phase IV study of their new-age anticoagulant, Eliquis, atrial fibrillation patients posted adherence rates near 90%. And the icing on the cake? The company didn't need to shell out on patient education to get them there.
Pfizer has no problem keeping sales for Viagra flying high in China, where brand awareness campaigns and changing attitudes toward sex have given it a sizable hold on the ED market. But the company is facing some headwind in the country, as Chinese marketing authorities slapped Pfizer with a fine for paying local drugstores to promote its blockbuster ED med.
Pfizer's new breast-cancer-fighter, Ibrance, has gotten off to a quick start in patients with advanced breast cancer. And now, the company is embarking on a study to see whether it can work earlier in the disease, too.
Pfizer's meningitis B vaccine Trumenba won the FDA's blessing nearly a year ago based on impressive midstage results and a national unease about the infection spreading on college campuses. Now, just in time for the back to school season, the New York-based pharma on Friday announced positive late-stage results in nearly 7,000 individuals that confirmed the vaccine's effectiveness against certain meningits B strains.
Who should serial buyer Allergan pick up next? It's the question on the minds of many industry watchers--including Evercore ISI analyst Umer Raffat, who polled investors last week. And while there are lots of possibilities floating around, his respondents seem to have a pair of potential deals in mind.
When Pfizer agreed to shell out $15 billion-plus for Hospira earlier this year, the pharma giant added major heft to its biosimilars pipeline. At the time, CEO Ian Read said the two companies had "complementary" portfolios of biosimilar prospects--and his tune hasn't changed since.
Pfizer plans to pay doctors in England to prescribe its drug Lyrica. But don't jump to conclusions. These payments are in a category all their own.