Bristol Hopeful Of Quick Reply To Eliquis CRL; Points To Sales Growth Aside From Recent Patent Expiries
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
With a patent cliff that just turned worse with the patent expiration of Plavix, Bristol-Myers Squibb talked about how it long has planned for these events and says the Amylin transaction positions it to offer a full spectrum of diabetes drugs across three different mechanisms of action.
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Bristol-Myers Squibb’s “anti-PD-1,” an antibody that gets between immune system T-cells out to destroy cancer cells and a cancer defense mechanism that would tie them up, caught the fancy of attendees at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago with Phase I data indicating the drug could be safer and more effective than Bristol’s breakthrough immunotherapeutic for melanoma, Yervoy.
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