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Exclusive: Pfizer Approaches Medivation About Potential Takeover - Sources

(Reuters) May 4, 2016 - Pfizer Inc has approached U.S. cancer drug maker Medivation Inc to express interest in an acquisition, raising the possibility of a bid rivaling a $9.3 billion offer by Sanofi SA, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
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FDA Grants Priority Review For Amgen's Supplemental Biologics License Application For BLINCYTO® (Blinatumomab)

(StreetInsider) May 3, 2016 - Acceptance reinforces significant unmet need for difficult-to-treat type of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
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FDA Grants Priority Review for Lilly's Olaratumab, an Investigational Medicine for Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma

(Eli Lilly) May 4, 2016 - Eli Lilly and Company announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Priority Review for the biologics license application (BLA) for olaratumab, a PDGFRa antagonist, in combination with doxorubicin, for the potential treatment of people with advanced soft tissue sarcoma (STS) not amenable to curative treatment with radiotherapy or surgery.
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Now It's Pfizer That Wants to Buy Cancer Drug Maker Medivation

(Fortune) May 4, 2016 - Pfizer has approached U.S. cancer drug maker Medivation to express interest in an acquisition, raising the possibility of a bid rivaling a $9.3 billion offer by Sanofi, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
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Biogen to Spin Off Hemophilia Drug Business Into A Public Company

(CNBC/Reuters) May 3, 2016 - Drugmaker Biogen said on Tuesday it would spin off its hemophilia drug business as a publicly traded company in a tax-free transaction, leaving the drugmaker to focus on developing drugs for neurodegenerative diseases.
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CMS Finalizes Quality Measures In Support Of MACRA

(Healthcare Finance) May 2, 2016 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday released its finalized Quality Measure Development Plan to support the recently-released Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models.
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For Hospitals, Prestige Leads To Profits

(Kaiser Health News) May 2, 2016 - When it comes to hospitals, which benefit most from high health care prices? It may sound counter-intuitive, but a group of not-for-profit hospitals appear to be among those doing the best business.
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A Controversial New Demonstration In Medicare: Potential Implications For Physician-Administered Drugs

(Health Affairs) May 3, 2016 - According to an August 2015 survey, 72 percent of Americans find drug costs unreasonable, with 83 percent believing that the federal government should be able to negotiate prices for Medicare.
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Exact Sciences Makes National TV Ad Push to Boost Cologuard Sales

(Xconomy Wisconsin) May 3, 2016 - Exact Sciences plans to launch a national TV advertising campaign in an important test of the appeal of Cologuard, its diagnostic product for colorectal cancer that requires patients to ship samples of their stool to a lab for testing.
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IMS Health to Buy Quintiles in $9 Billion Pharma Data Deal

(Bloomberg) May 3, 2016 - IMS Health Holdings Inc. will buy Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc. in an all-stock transaction for about $9 billion, bringing together two of the biggest providers of data and services for the pharmaceutical industry.
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NW Bio Announces Operations Updates

(Baltimore Business Journal) May 2, 2016 - Northwest Biotherapeutics, a U.S. biotechnology company developing DCVax® personalized immune therapies for solid tumor cancers, announced today an operations update in regard to its Phase I and II Trials, Scientific Advisory Board and Nasdaq compliance.
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Well Water a Suspected Cause of Bladder Cancer in New England

( News) May 2, 2016 - Arsenic in drinking water from private wells may explain the elevated bladder cancer risk among people in three New England states, a new study suggests.
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Cancer Patient, Facility Suing Blue Cross Blue Shield For Denying Treatment

(KFOR-TV/NBC, Ch. 4 [Oklahoma City, OK]) May 2, 2016 - An Oklahoma City cancer treatment facility is taking on a well-known health insurance company, claiming the company interfered with patient care.
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PCORI Puts $44 Million Toward Cancer, PTSD, Care Disparities Research

(Healthcare IT News) May 3, 2016 - The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has approved $44.4 million to fund 21 new patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness studies.
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Viewpoints: Your Daily 'Miracle Cure' for Cancer

(Medscape Oncology) May 2, 2016 - Dr Jack West discusses the harm caused by hyperbole in news reports about cancer research, and the steps oncologists can take to prevent it.
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What They Are Saying: Immunotherapy Is Transforming Cancer Care

(PhRMA/The Catalyst) May 2, 2016 - New and innovative immunotherapy medicines developed by America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are transforming how we fight cancer and are providing newfound hope to patients.
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Kite Pharma Announces FDA Orphan Drug Designations for KTE-C19 in Five Additional Indications

(NASDAQ) May 2, 2016 - All hematological malignancies targeted by KTE-C19 development now covered by Orphan Drug Designations in U.S. and EU.
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Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine Enters into Agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to Advance Immunotherapy and Precision Medicine for Cancer Treatment

(PRNewswire) May 3, 2016 - Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine Co., Ltd and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) have entered into a research agreement to advance cancer treatment.
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Oncodesign and Ipsen Enter into a Strategic Partnership in Oncology and Oncodesign Joins Ipsen’s Paris-Saclay Campus

(Yahoo! Finance) May 3, 2016 - Oncodesign is becoming a strategic partner for Ipsen in pre-clinical pharmacology for its oncology research programs; Oncodesign teams are moving to Ipsen’s private open innovation campus in Paris-Saclay.
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Colombia Moves To Override Patent For Novartis Cancer Drug

(STAT/Pharmalot) May 2, 2016 - The Colombian health ministry plans to override a patent that Novartis holds on its widely used Gleevec cancer treatment, the latest clash between the pharmaceutical industry and some governments over intellectual property and access to medicines.
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Genentech Highlights Personalized Medicines and Cancer Immunotherapies at 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting

(Genentech) May 2, 2016 - 19 Genentech medicines are included in more than 200 abstracts during ASCO 2016; new results for cancer immunotherapy atezolizumab in bladder cancer and other cancer types; early results for atezolizumab in combination with targeted medicines and the investigational cancer immunotherapy MOXR0916, an OX40 agonist; superiority results from Phase III study comparing Alecensa® (alectinib) to crizotinib.
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Psychotherapy Video Chats May Help With ‘Chemo Brain’

(Reuters Health) May 3, 2016 – Memory problems that plague cancer survivors after chemotherapy can sometimes be improved with a type of psychotherapy delivered by video chat, a new study suggests.
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Team Identifies New Function Of Genes Linked To Fanconi Anemia And Certain Types Of Cancer

(UT Southwestern) May 2, 2016 - Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified an important new function of genes in the Fanconi anemia pathway – a finding that could have implications for development of new therapies to treat this disorder and some cancers.
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Cancer-like Mutations Prevalent In Apparently Healthy Group

(HSNewsBeat/UW Health Sciences) May 2, 2016 - In a study of 36 women – 16 diagnosed with ovarian cancer and a control group of 20 with no cancer diagnosis – nearly all of the women were found to carry cancer-associated gene mutations.
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Scientists Double Number Of Known Genetic Risk Factors For Endometrial Cancer

(University of Cambridge [UK]) May 3, 2016 - An international collaboration of researchers has identified five new gene regions that increase a woman’s risk of developing endometrial cancer, one of the most common cancers to affect women, taking the number of known gene regions associated with the disease to nine.
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