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Court Decision Could Allow Novartis To Sell Copy of Amgen’s Neupogen

wsj.com — Amgen's request for a temporary injunction to block Novartis from selling Zarxio was denied A federal appeals court in Washington denied Amgen Inc.'s request for a temporary injunction to block Novartis AG from selling a copycat version of the blockbuster drug Neupogen in the U.S. The decision by the U.S.
Sep 02, 2015

U.S. appeals court denies Amgen request to block Novartis's Neupogen biosimilar from the market. on.wsj.com/1Jzc27M by @loftus

Pfizer’s Effort to Toss Medicaid Lawsuit Seemingly Unsuccessful

wsj.com — Judge has 'inclination' to deny request to throw out suit against Wyeth unit A federal judge said Tuesday he has an "inclination" to deny Pfizer Inc.'s four-year-old request to throw out a Justice Department lawsuit accusing the drug maker's Wyeth unit of overcharging government Medicaid health programs for the heartburn drug Protonix, according to a federal court website.
Sep 01, 2015

US judge may keep alive DOJ lawsuit vs. Pfizer alleging over-charging Medicaid for Protonix: on.wsj.com/1hS5SZF via @WSJ $PFE

Sep 01, 2015

Federal judge sets trial date for DOJ case accusing Pfizer of overcharging Medicaid for heartburn drug. on.wsj.com/1hS5SZF @loftus $PFE

FDA Says Certain Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Can Cause Serious Joint Pain

wsj.com — The FDA said patients should contact their doctors if they experience severe and persistent joint pain The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a safety alert Friday some widely used treatments for Type 2 diabetes can cause severe and disabling joint pain, raising concerns for a big-selling class of drugs.
Aug 28, 2015

FDA says certain Type 2 diabetes drugs can cause serious joint pain. on.wsj.com/1WXnoLZ via @WSJ @loftus $MRK $AZN $LLY

Aug 28, 2015

RT @JeanneWhalen: FDA says certain Type 2 diabetes drugs can cause serious joint pain. on.wsj.com/1WXnoLZ via @WSJ @loftus $MRK $AZN $LLY

Aug 28, 2015

RT @WSJ: FDA: Some widely used treatments for Type 2 diabetes can cause severe and disabling joint pain. on.wsj.com/1UizRFO

Aug 28, 2015

RT @JeanneWhalen: FDA says certain Type 2 diabetes drugs can cause serious joint pain. on.wsj.com/1WXnoLZ via @WSJ @loftus $MRK $AZN $LLY

Aug 30, 2015

RT @WSJ: FDA: Some widely used treatments for Type 2 diabetes can cause severe and disabling joint pain. on.wsj.com/1NPTTIa

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Unapproved Lilly Lung Cancer Drug Stirs Price Debate

wsj.com — An experimental Eli Lilly & Co. lung cancer drug hasn't reached the market, but some doctors are already weighing in on how much it should cost-arguing the price should be below average because the drug extended patient lives by only six to seven weeks in a clinical trial.
Aug 27, 2015

$LLY cancer drug hasn't yet reached the market, but docs are already publishing views on what it should cost on.wsj.com/1WUCVw9 @loftus

Aug 27, 2015

RT @JeanneWhalen: $LLY cancer drug hasn't yet reached the market, but docs are already publishing views on what it should cost on.wsj.com/1WUCVw9 @loftus

Aug 27, 2015

Unapproved Lilly Lung Cancer Drug Stirs Price Debate on.wsj.com/1WUCVw9 via @WSJ $LLY

Aug 27, 2015

RT @Loftus: Unapproved Lilly Lung Cancer Drug Stirs Price Debate on.wsj.com/1WUCVw9 via @WSJ $LLY

Aug 27, 2015

Emory docs say $LLY cancer drug should cost $1,745/month based on benefit. Most new cancer drugs cost > $10,000/mo. on.wsj.com/1WUCVw9

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In See-Something-Say-Something Era, Geocachers’ Hidden Treasures Set Off Alarms

wsj.com — DOVER, Del.-A groundskeeper at a popular park here recently found a suspicious package stuck to the side of a large electrical box, just yards from a building where dozens of youngsters were about to play basketball. Alarmed, the groundskeeper called the police, who mustered a bomb squad.
Aug 21, 2015

(Ahed) In 'see something say something' era, geocachers’ hidden treasures set off alarms on.wsj.com/1h1NuMX via @Loftus @WSJ

Aug 21, 2015

In see-something-say-something era, geocachers’ hidden treasures set off alarms on.wsj.com/1h1NuMX via @WSJ

Aug 21, 2015

One Man’s Hidden Treasure Is Another Man’s Bomb Scare via @Loftus wsj.com/articles/in-se…

Aug 21, 2015

RT @BrianHershberg: In see-something-say-something era, geocachers’ hidden treasures set off alarms | on.wsj.com/1h1NuMX pic.twitter.com/hz8JbjOZil

Aug 21, 2015

In see-something-say-something era, geocachers’ hidden treasures set off alarms | on.wsj.com/1h1NuMX pic.twitter.com/hz8JbjOZil

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Drug-Plan Managers Wield ‘Potent Weapon’

wsj.com — CVS Health Corp.'s decision to stop covering Pfizer Inc.'s anti-impotence pill Viagra for many of its drug-benefit plan members is the latest example of the tough tactics some health-care managers are using to control rising drug costs. CVS and rival Express Scripts Holding Co., which together dominate the U.S.
Aug 06, 2015

Drug-Plan managers wield ‘potent weapon’; CVS excludes Viagra from preferred list: on.wsj.com/1IpjcwU via @WSJ

Aug 06, 2015

RT @Loftus: Drug-Plan managers wield ‘potent weapon’; CVS excludes Viagra from preferred list: on.wsj.com/1IpjcwU via @WSJ

Aug 07, 2015

PBMs getting tougher, dropping more drugs from formulary instead of just putting them in higher tier.’ on.wsj.com/1IpjcwU via @Loftus

Aug 07, 2015

RT @Loftus: Drug-Plan managers wield ‘potent weapon’; CVS excludes Viagra from preferred list: on.wsj.com/1IpjcwU via @WSJ

Aug 07, 2015

Companies than manage U.S. pharmaceutical benefits are increasingly dropping coverage of some drugs to control costs on.wsj.com/1IpjcwU

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WHO Says Ebola Vaccine Effective in African Trial

wsj.com — European researchers said Friday that an experimental Ebola vaccine tested in Guinea "might be effective" in protecting people from the deadly virus, but behind the scenes, questions have been raised over the way the study was conducted. The vaccine, from Merck & Co. and NewLink Genetics Corp.
Jul 31, 2015

WHO Says Ebola Vaccine Effective in African Trial; controversy lingers on.wsj.com/1Iu4dyG My story via @WSJ

Jul 31, 2015

WHO Says Ebola Vaccine Effective in African Trial; controversy over trial protocol on.wsj.com/1Iu4dyG My story with @Loftus on @WSJ

Jul 31, 2015

WHO says Ebola vaccine 100% effective; debate continues. My @WSJ story w @Loftus wsj.com/articles/who-s… Getty Images pic.twitter.com/Ggj1nZS5i8

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Merck Earnings Hurt by Arthritis Drug Knockoffs

wsj.com — Merck & Co. agreed to buy a privately held developer of cancer immunotherapies for at least $95 million and raised its per-share earnings guidance for the year after reporting better-than-expected profits for the June quarter amid lower costs. Sales, though, fell a worse-than-expected 11% in the second quarter, hurt by currency changes and recent divestitures.
Jul 28, 2015

Merck earnings hurt by knockoffs of arthritis drug Remicade in Europe: on.wsj.com/1IoKAIg via @WSJ $MRK

Jul 28, 2015

Biosimilars are already starting to bite at Merck, where 2Q earnings were hurt by biosimilar Remicade. on.wsj.com/1IoKAIg by @loftus

Jul 28, 2015

RT @JeanneWhalen: Biosimilars are already starting to bite at Merck, where 2Q earnings were hurt by biosimilar Remicade. on.wsj.com/1IoKAIg by @loftus

Jul 29, 2015

Remicade knockoffs, priced 45% below branded drug, hurt Merck earnings on.wsj.com/1IoKAIg

Jul 29, 2015

RT @helenwsj: Remicade knockoffs, priced 45% below branded drug, hurt Merck earnings on.wsj.com/1IoKAIg

Lilly’s Alzheimer’s drug may slow patients’ decline, study shows

marketwatch.com — WASHINGTON-People with mild Alzheimer's disease who started taking an experimental Eli Lilly & Co. drug earlier in the course of their disease fared better than patients who started later in a clinical trial. The outcome may bolster the case among investors that the drug, solanezumab, can slow the decline of memory and function in mild Alzheimer's patients, despite prior studies with negative results.

Lilly’s Alzheimer’s Drug May Slow Patients’ Decline, Study Shows

wsj.com — Separate study shows experimental Biogen drug also holds promise WASHINGTON-People with mild Alzheimer's disease who started taking an experimental Eli Lilly & Co. drug earlier in the course of their disease fared better than patients who started later in a clinical trial.
Jul 22, 2015

Lilly’s Alzheimer’s drug may slow patients’ decline, study suggests on.wsj.com/1Jxlw2Q via @WSJ $LLY $BIIB #AAIC2015

Jul 22, 2015

RT @Loftus: Lilly’s Alzheimer’s drug may slow patients’ decline, study suggests on.wsj.com/1Jxlw2Q via @WSJ $LLY $BIIB #AAIC2015

Jul 22, 2015

RT @ShirleyWang: Lilly’s Alzheimer’s drug may slow patients’ decline, study shows on.wsj.com/1Jxlw2Q via @WSJ

Jul 22, 2015

RT @Loftus: Lilly’s Alzheimer’s drug may slow patients’ decline, study suggests on.wsj.com/1Jxlw2Q via @WSJ $LLY $BIIB #AAIC2015

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Sep 04, 2015

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RT @steveusdin1: FDA approves drug for condition that affects 20 people worldwide. (The manufacturer got a priority review voucher) fda.gov/NewsEvents/New…

Sep 04, 2015

RT @joewalkerWSJ: Kyle Bass derides "kangaroo" patent court, talks long side of patent challenge strategy, $ENDP on.wsj.com/1POvKjF pic.twitter.com/us0EnQLzla

Sep 04, 2015

RT @JeanneWhalen: Zarxio's price is about what Amgen was charging for Neupogen in the U.S. in 2011. on.wsj.com/1JAgCCD via @WSJ $NVS $AMGN

Sep 03, 2015

This is from March but gives a sense of what else is on the way in the world of U.S. biosimilars... $NVS $AMGN pic.twitter.com/RvXHxn4DqD

Sep 03, 2015

Novartis begins selling 'biosimilar' copy of Amgen’s Neupogen in U.S., at 15% discount on.wsj.com/1JAgCCD via @WSJ $NVS $AMGN

Sep 02, 2015

'We’re American.We agree to a deal, we don’t agree a deal. People are fired, not sacked' @WSJ style: on.wsj.com/1JLOlfX @billpowerWSJ

Sep 01, 2015

US judge may keep alive DOJ lawsuit vs. Pfizer alleging over-charging Medicaid for Protonix: on.wsj.com/1hS5SZF via @WSJ $PFE


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