Health insurer Highmark inked an outcomes-based contract with AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) for Symbicort, the pharmaceutical company’s drug designed to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Highmark said its contract with AstraZeneca is one of the first outcomes-based deals involving a respiratory drug and will apply to commercial members of its national and core markets in Pennsylvania, […]
Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) inked a deal with Owlstone Medical to use the diagnostics company’s breath biopsy device to identify biomarkers for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the companies announced today. Owlstone’s ReCiva breath sampler, which has CE Mark clearance in the E.U., captures volatile organic compounds in a patient’s breath. A VOC profile can […]
AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) said today that the FDA approved its extended-release formulation of exenatide, Bydureon, for use as an add-on therapy to basal insulin in adults with Type II diabetes. The company’s once-weekly GLP-1 injectable was first approved in the U.S. in 2012. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News.
The FDA gave Adherium (ASK:ADR) the go-ahead to launch over-the-counter sales of its Smartinhaler sensor for AstraZeneca‘s (NYSE:AZN) Symbicort asthma inhaler, the company touted last week. Adherium’s product installs directly onto a patient’s inhaler to monitor and boost medication adherence. The device records the time and date that a patient uses their inhaler and transmits […]
Myriad Genetics (NSDQ:MYGN) subsidiary Myriad Genetics Laboratories said today that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor & Welfare approved its Bracanalysis Diagnostic System to be used with Lynparza – a breast cancer drug marketed by AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) and Merck (NYSE:MRK). Lynparza is a PARP inhibitor designed to target deficiencies in DNA damage response pathways. AstraZeneca and Merck are working to […]
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare gave Novo Nordisk (NYSE:NVO) the green light to market its once-weekly type II diabetes drug, Ozempic, Reuters reported today. The pharma company’s drug, semaglutide, is a glucagon-like peptide-1 analog that mimics an intestinal hormone to trigger insulin production in people with diabetes. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery […]
MedImmune‘s FluMist, the only needle-free flu vaccine available in the U.S., has regained the support of an expert panel at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has voted to recommend the nasal spray’s use, reversing a two-year-old decision to keep the product out of clinics due to efficacy […]
Rani Therapeutics has raised $53 million to support manufacturing as it gears up for clinical trials of its robotic pill technology. New investors like GeneScience Pharmaceuticals and Shire (NSDQ:SHPG) joined existing investors like Alphabet’s GV, Novartis (NYSE:NVS) and AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN). Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News.
Adherium Ltd. (ASK:ADR), which sells a smart inhaler technology in Europe and Australia, is reportedly looking to jump into the direct-to-consumer U.S. market in the first half of this year. The New Zealand-based company has a deal with AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) to combine its Smartinhaler monitoring device with the Symbicort inhaler, but CEO Arik Anderson told MobiHealthNews that he is also looking for […]
After reviewing results from trials involving more than 41,000 asthma patients, the FDA has agreed to remove the boxed warning of serious asthma-related outcomes for AstraZeneca‘s (NYSE:AZN) Symbicort product. Patients using Symbicort, which combines an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist in a single inhaler, did not experience a significant increase in the risk of […]
AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) said today that the FDA approved its once-weekly exenatide drug in a single-dose auto-injector for adults with Type II diabetes whose blood sugar is uncontrolled on one or more oral drugs. The company’s drug, Bydureon, is formulated with a continuous-release microsphere delivery system designed to provide consistent levels of exenatide, according to AstraZeneca, to […]