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  • Merck's RotaTeq, Glaxo's Rotarix cut hospitalizations by up to 94%

    Rotavirus vaccines RotaTeq and Rotarix from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, respectively, have seen uptake grow over the past several years. And with good reason, a new study shows: As the vaccines have become more widespread, the number of children hospitalized for rotavirus-related diarrhea has plunged.

Italian officials probe Novartis for possible flu vaccine pricing fraud

Novartis is in the process of trying to hive off its flu vaccines business after selling off the rest of its vax unit to GlaxoSmithKline. But first, it may have to deal with an Italian fraud investigation over pricing on a pair of those products.

Merck JV plans to show up J&J, Sanofi with low-cost cholera vaccine

While the world already has a pair of cholera vaccines that have been proven safe and effective, it lacks a low-cost option that can stay effective without cold storage in impoverished areas where the disease hits hardest. And with a new partnership, that's exactly what Merck's Indian joint venture is looking to change.

Merck, Sanofi JV wins anal cancer indication for Gardasil in EU

Gardasil may be the No. 2-selling vaccine in the world, but its marketers have struggled against a variety of barriers to get it where they want it in terms of uptake. Now, a new anal cancer indication in Europe may help with that goal.

Themis Chikungunya prophylactic hits Phase I goal

Chikungunya fever is a dangerous tropical virus that has recently surfaced in the U.S. after erupting in the Caribbean. But Austria-based Themis Bioscience may eventually have a way to combat it, new data suggest. 

Pfizer puts the heat on Novartis with FDA MenB filing

Stellar Phase II data has helped Pfizer's breakthrough-designated meningitis B candidate surge ahead on its regulatory pathway to catch up with Novartis' Bexsero. And now, with the two companies submitting applications for approval on the same day, whether Pfizer's jab reaches the market first will be up to the FDA to decide.

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Some cancer docs still bill heavily for Amgen's Epogen despite safety questions

Many cancer doctors have cut back on their use of Amgen's anemia drug Epogen--also sold as Procrit by Johnson & Johnson--because of safety questions that arose over the past few years. But as The Wall Street Journal reports, one Florida doctors' group still administers the drug in quantity, accounting for one-sixth of related Medicare charges in 2012.

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Tips for a successful relationship with a CRO

More and more device companies are turning to contract research organizations for assistance in managing their clinical trials, something that is commonplace in the biopharma world. The first ever Partnerships in Medical Device Trials Conference was recently held in Chicago.