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Retrophin proposes acquisition of Clinuvel Pharma for $95 million

Retrophin proposes acquisition of Clinuvel Pharma for $95 million

28-07-2014

The USA’s Retrophin has submitted an unsolicited $95 million takeover proposal to the board of directors…

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US breakthrough status for InterMune’s pirfenidone

US breakthrough status for InterMune’s pirfenidone

21-07-2014

US biotech firm InterMune’s Esbriet (pirfenidone) has been granted Breakthrough Therapy designation…

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Shire finally accepts AbbVie’s takeover offer

Shire finally accepts AbbVie’s takeover offer

18-07-2014

After a protracted and at times hostile courtship, Ireland-headquartered drugmaker Shire has finally…

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Pharming and Salix gain US approval for Ruconest

Pharming and Salix gain US approval for Ruconest

17-07-2014

Netherlands-based Pharming Group and Salix Pharmaceuticals have received approval from the US Food and…

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Shire confirms it has entered into talks with AbbVie

Shire confirms it has entered into talks with AbbVie

12-07-2014

Following reports by the Bloomberg news service, on Friday Ireland-based drugmaker Shire confirmed that…

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Orphan drugs benefit from fast-track approval – but are they getting to patients?

Orphan drugs benefit from fast-track approval – but are they getting to patients?

11-07-2014

Here's our take on the week's top stories.

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Sarepta tanks despite positive data on eteplirsen in Duchenne MD

Sarepta tanks despite positive data on eteplirsen in Duchenne MD

11-07-2014

US RNA-based drug developer Sarepta Therapeutics saw its shares plunge, despite the company releasing…

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Orphan drug approvals rise, but high costs pose challenges for patients

Orphan drug approvals rise, but high costs pose challenges for patients

10-07-2014

Although the pace of approvals for new orphan drugs - medicines that treat relatively rare conditions…

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EU orphan designations for OPKO's clotting Factor VIIa-CTP

EU orphan designations for OPKO's clotting Factor VIIa-CTP

10-07-2014

The European Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) gave a positive opinion recommending the…

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Baxter buys AesRx, gaining rights to investigational SCD drug

Baxter buys AesRx, gaining rights to investigational SCD drug

10-07-2014

US drugmaker Baxter International said yesterday that it has acquired AesRx, a private US biopharmaceutical…

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Novo Nordisk gains FDA backing for new NovoSeven RT indication

Novo Nordisk gains FDA backing for new NovoSeven RT indication

09-07-2014

Danish diabetes care giant Novo Nordisk’s hemophilia treatment NovoSeven RT (coagulation factor VIIa…

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New Zealand proposes contestable fund for medicines for rare disorders

New Zealand proposes contestable fund for medicines for rare disorders

09-07-2014

New Zealand’s Pharmaceutical Management Agency PHARMAC will be running a commercial process to fund…

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FDA orphan status for Insys’ cannabidiol as treatment for Dravet syndrome

FDA orphan status for Insys’ cannabidiol as treatment for Dravet syndrome

03-07-2014

US specialty pharma firm Insys Therapeutics yesterday revealed that the US Food and Drug Administration…

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Added indications recommended by EMA/CHMP

Added indications recommended by EMA/CHMP

27-06-2014

Along with backing for approval for six news drugs issued at the late June meeting of the European Medicines…

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US orphan status for Insys Therapeutics’ cannabidiol for rare form of epilepsy

US orphan status for Insys Therapeutics’ cannabidiol for rare form of epilepsy

25-06-2014

US specialty pharma firm Insys Therapeutics says that the US Food and Drug Administration has granted…

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Another $1 million GSK milestone for Isis Pharma

Another $1 million GSK milestone for Isis Pharma

24-06-2014

USA-based Isis Pharmaceuticals said today that it has earned a $1 million milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline…

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US orphan status for Mirati’s mocetinostat and Alexion’s Soliris

US orphan status for Mirati’s mocetinostat and Alexion’s Soliris

17-06-2014

USA-based Mirati Therapeutics has been granted Orphan Drug designation by the US Food and Drug Administration…

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UK’s Summit sets up operations in the USA

UK’s Summit sets up operations in the USA

17-06-2014

UK drug discovery firm Summit, which is focused on therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Clostridium…

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US orphan status for EffRx’ EX404 for pediatric polycystic ovary syndrome

US orphan status for EffRx’ EX404 for pediatric polycystic ovary syndrome

11-06-2014

Swiss drug delivery specialist EffRx Pharmaceuticals says the US Food and Drug Administration has granted…

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EU approval for Janssen's Sylvant to treat patients with MCD

EU approval for Janssen's Sylvant to treat patients with MCD

08-06-2014

The European Commission (EC) has approved the use of Janssen-Cilag International's Sylvant (siltuximab)…

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US FDA grants Fast Track designation for GW Pharma’s Epidiolex in Dravet syndrome

US FDA grants Fast Track designation for GW Pharma’s Epidiolex in Dravet syndrome

06-06-2014

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted Fast Track designation to UK-based GW Pharmaceuticals’…

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