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ZymoGenetics: early hope for late-stage disease

ZymoGenetics has reported positive results from its phase Ia study of IL-21 in patients with metastatic melanoma and metastatic renal cell carcinoma. This announcement warrants further studies of IL-21 in these indications, which is welcome news for ZymoGenetics and development partner Novo Nordisk. However, competition is already on the horizon, in the form of Bayer/Onyx' Nexavar.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Nov 2005
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Zelboraf's approval demonstrates a significant shift toward personalized cancer therapy

The FDA has approved Zelboraf and Roche's companion diagnostic test for BRAF V600E mutation-positive metastatic melanoma. The joint approval is the first example of co-development and demonstrates the movement toward personalized cancer therapy, and Zelboraf's impressive efficacy data and the availability of a test will ensure rapid uptake.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2011
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Xarelto data raise questions at the 2010 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

Results from the ROCKET-AF trial of Xarelto in stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation have been presented at this year's Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association. While positive, the data show that Xarelto has by no means outperformed Pradaxa. Clinicians may start to see the two drugs as complementary alternatives, based on their respective performance in various subgroups.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2010
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CommentWire

Xanthus: more hurdles to clear for Symadex

Xanthus Life Sciences has begun dosing patients in a phase II trial of Symadex in recurrent colorectal cancer. While this is clearly a positive step in Symandex' development, the drug candidate still has phase III trials to contend with and, even if Symandex proves fit for launch here, Xanthus will need to find a marketing partner to help it achieve commercial success in the tough cancer market.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jan 2006
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Wyeth: positive Aprela results bode well for planned portfolio strategy

Wyeth has announced new positive Phase III data for its menopause treatment Aprela. The potential blockbuster is well positioned to provide a unique approach to the treatment of menopausal symptoms in women at risk of developing osteoporosis, and assuming regulatory hurdles can be overcome, Aprela will help further maintain Wyeth's position as a leading women's health player.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jul 2009
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Wyeth: job cuts for US sales force

About 1,200 US sales representatives at Wyeth have been notified this week that they are to lose their positions. The cuts come as part of a major company-wide restructuring program, announced nine weeks ago. Like many of its peers, Wyeth's US sales are struggling against increased competition from generic products: a trend which is forecast to intensify over the next five years.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2008
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Wyeth: breast cancer prospects receive a blow

Wyeth has discontinued a phase III trial of temsirolimus plus letrozole in metastatic post-menopausal hormone-receptor positive breast cancer. This is a significant blow for the company due to the loss of earnings potential in the congested but lucrative breast cancer market. However, temsirolimus remains under development for a number of other tumors, and so hope for the drug candidate remains.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Mar 2006
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Wrigley: Viagra gum raises expectations

If Wrigley [WWY] is to bring its Viagra gum to market before 2011 it will need to negotiate hard with Pfizer [PFE], which holds the Viagra patent until then. If the product does come to market, demand will undoubtedly be high. If a success, the technology of implanting drugs in gum could increase in popularity and potentially be used for more valuable healthcare applications.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2003
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World Congress on Osteoporosis highlights changing face of bone health

Datamonitor attended this year's International Osteoporosis Foundation World Congress on Osteoporosis and 10th European Congress on Clinical and Economical Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis, the most important meeting on the osteoporosis calendar. A number of major pharmaceutical firms had a presence at the meeting, indicating the significance of this market.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2010
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Watson Pharmaceuticals: Gelnique to benefit from first-to-market status

Watson Pharmaceuticals's Gelnique is the first gel to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of overactive bladder, and provides an advantageous side-effect profile over current oral anticholinergic and patch treatments. As a result, Datamonitor expects Gelnique to be beneficial for a niche population and to generate $124m in 2016.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2009

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