Bristol-Myers Squibb and rival Merck started off the big annual scientific meeting of ASCO with a bang, rolling out a slate of new studies spotlighting the growing body of evidence that their new immuno-oncology drugs will play a key role fighting a range of cancers.
Merck, working to scratch out a place in the market for next-generation hepatitis C cures, filed its new combination treatment for FDA approval in hopes of taking third place in a fast-crowding field.
Merck's Keytruda gained some regulatory ground in Europe on Friday, nabbing a melanoma recommendation that Opdivo snagged last month. But Opdivo continued to charge ahead, too, winning a nod in lung cancer to help preserve its lead.
PatientsLikeMe has lured Jason Johnson away from Merck. Johnson is leaving Merck after 14 years at the Big Pharma to head up R&D at PatientsLikeMe, a role which gives him responsibility for efforts to extract insights from patient-reported data.
India's Supreme Court has called a temporary halt to Glenmark's production of generics of two Merck diabetes drugs but allowed continued sales of the local drugmaker's inventory through October or November.
Merck scored a victory in its patent battle with India's Glenmark Pharmaceuticals over copycats of the drugmaker's diabetes meds Januvia and Janumet, as India's highest court blocked the generics company from marketing its cheap versions of the drugs in the country.
Promising preclinical work on messenger RNA therapies has provided Moderna Therapeutics with the number one spot on CNBC's list of the most disruptive new technologies now in the spotlight.
Which diabetes med is likely to be on top in 2020? According to FirstWord Pharma, that would be--surprise!--Lantus, albeit as a $5 billion shadow of its former self. Januvia should keep its hold on second prize with almost $4 billion, while Novo Nordisk's NovoRapid and Lilly's Humalog remain in the top 5 with $3.6 billion and $3.04 billion in sales.
More than three-fourths of practices have implemented a basic electronic health record system, according to HHS numbers, and around half now use advanced versions. EHR software vendors have direct access to--and the undivided attention of--those healthcare providers in a whole new way.
Effective branding is important for any company. But it becomes even more important when you share a name with another company--especially when that other company is your rival.