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CVS offers 'guaranteed net cost' for pharmacy benefit clients

05 Dec 2018

Pharmacy chain and benefits manager CVS Health Corp on Wednesday said as of Jan. 1 it will offer a new prescription benefit option guaranteeing its health plan clients 100 percent of any rebates, discounts or other fees paid by drugmakers.

Amgen antibody shows promise in myeloma trial, gets FDA fast track

04 Dec 2018

SAN DIEGO Amgen Inc, updating the first trial of its bispecific antibody for multiple myeloma, said on Monday seven out of 10 patients given the second-highest dose of AMG420 responded to the drug, including four with no detectable cancer.

Amgen's AMG420 shows responses in myeloma trial, gets FDA fast track

04 Dec 2018

SAN DIEGO Dec 3 Amgen Inc, updating the first trial of its bispecific antibody for multiple myeloma, on Monday said seven out of ten patients given the second-highest dose of AMG420 responded to the drug, including four with no detectable cancer.

High-cost Gilead cell therapy proves durable for some lymphoma patients

03 Dec 2018

(This December 2 story corrects spelling in paragraph 5 to Alvarnas from Alvarnaz)

At 2 years, Gilead lymphoma therapy active in 40 pct of patients

02 Dec 2018

SAN DIEGO, Dec 2 Nearly 40 percent of lymphoma patients treated with a single infusion of Gilead Sciences Inc's Yescarta continued to respond to the cell therapy after at least two years of follow up, the company said on Sunday.

Loxo, Bayer drug for cancers driven by rare mutation gets U.S. nod

27 Nov 2018

A Loxo Oncology Inc drug shown to be effective against a wide variety of cancers driven by a single, rare genetic mutation has won U.S. approval, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday.

Express Scripts offers new formulary for lower list-price drugs

13 Nov 2018

Express Scripts Holding Co on Tuesday announced a new drug reimbursement list with lower U.S. prices for brand-name medications, as a way to encourage drugmakers to move away from paying rebates after a prescription is filled. The manager of prescription drug benefits for large corporate employers and government health plans said its new National Preferred Flex Formulary will be available as of Jan. 1 to all clients.

New drug options, risk factors added to U.S. heart guidelines

10 Nov 2018

Updated U.S. guidelines on heart health advise more personalized assessment of risk as well as two newer types of cholesterol-lowering drugs for people at particularly high risk of heart attack or stroke.

World News

Trump ex-lawyer Cohen given 3 years in prison, blames 'blind loyalty'

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for crimes including orchestrating hush payments to women in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election and financial wrongdoing, posing potential legal and political risks to Trump.