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IN THE PIPELINE

FDA issues warnings over anesthesia, diabetes drugsFDA issued two important drug warnings this week: one linking certain diabetes medications to bladder cancer and another about the use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during pregnancy.
FDA approves expansion of Avastin in ovarian cancerFDA recently approved bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech) for patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian (psOC), fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer.
US drug spending predicted to drop
US drug spending predicted to dropThe US growth rate for spending on medicines is expected to fall in 2016 and beyond, according to new research.
New drug indication could net more than $1 billionFDA’s approval of a new indication for empagliflozin (Jardiance, Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim) could net the pharmaceutical manufacturers more than $1 billion.
Breast cancer biosimilar shows equivalency to brand
Breast cancer biosimilar shows equivalency to brandTwo new major studies on a biosimilar to trastuzumab (Herceptin, Genentech) to treat HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer and HER2-positive gastric cancer demonstrated equivalency.
FDA approves 2 injectable diabetes drugsTwo new diabetes drugs, both long-acting injectable insulin products, were simultaneously approved by FDA.
Multidrug-resistant HIV drug on the horizonAfter a successful phase 3 study, a breakthrough therapy to treat multi-drug resistant (MDR) HIV-1 is expected to launch in the United States in 2017.
Novel drug reduces monthly migraine daysA global phase 3 study of erenumab (Amgen and Novartis) showed that the drug was able to prevent migraines headaches.
Gilead promises generic versions of new hepatitis drugAfter Gilead received FDA approval for a new drug for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV), it said low-cost, generic versions would also soon be available. That is good news for Gilead, which has been targeted by Congressional representatives for the high cost of Sovaldi and Harvoni hepatitis C treatments.
Breakthrough lymphoma drug on the horizonFDA granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris, Seattle Genetics) to treat patients with the most common subtypes of lymphoma.