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February 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Specialty Pharmacy News - Almost four months to the day from when a news report suggested that Walgreen Co. was looking for a buyer to purchase a majority stake in its infusion business, the company now known as Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. has unveiled its plans to restructure. Private-equity group Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (MDP) has agreed to purchase a majority stake in Walgreens Infusion Services. The companies did not disclose any financial information. But the Sept. 23 Reuters article that broke the news that Walgreens was seeking a buyer said that “a deal could value that division at around $1.5 billion.” Read more

The drug industry focus on specialty pharmaceuticals will continue in 2015, spurred… Read more

Earlier this month, the U.S. pharmaceutical market moved a lot closer to… Read more

The Dec. 19 FDA approval of AbbVie Inc.’s Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir… Read more

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March 6, 2015
FDA OKs First Biosimilar

The FDA approved the first biosimilar product, Sandoz’s Zarxio, for the same five indications as its reference product, Amgen’s Neupogen http://tinyurl.com/qd6qwno

March 4, 2015
FDA OKs Metastatic NSCLC Use for Opdivo

FDA grants a second indication to BMS’s Opdivo for the treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer; the approval comes 3 months before drug's PDUFA date. The PD-1 inhibitor was approved in December to treat metastatic melanoma http://tinyurl.com/oj5jsnx

February 26, 2015
Diplomat Says It Will Acquire BioRx

Diplomat says it will acquire Cincinnati-based BioRx for $315 million, expanding the specialty pharmacy’s infusion services. BioRx, which was founded in 2004, had revenues of $227 million in 2014 http://tinyurl.com/oyd7jxm

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