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Monkey Study: Ebola Vaccine Works, Needs Booster

September 8, 2014 8:13 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way.            

US to Begin Safety Testing Ebola Vaccine Next Week

August 28, 2014 9:26 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a...

Ligand Partner GlaxoSmithKline Receives FDA Approval for Promacta®/Revolade™

August 27, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated announced that its partner GlaxoSmithKline has received...

Health Canada OKs GSK's Plan to Fix Quebec Flu Vaccine Plant Problems

August 12, 2014 8:15 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Health Canada says it has approved a plan by GlaxoSmithKline to fix contamination problems it...

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China Jails British-US Investigator Couple

August 8, 2014 1:29 pm | News | Comments

A Briton and an American were sentenced to prison on Friday on charges of illegally trading in the personal details of Chinese citizens after they testified they bought such information to help companies combat fraud.          

British-US Investigative Couple on Trial in China

August 8, 2014 12:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A British man on trial with his American wife for illegally obtaining and selling private information about Chinese nationals says he buys such information from other consulting companies. Peter William Humphrey made the comments Friday after his trial opened in Shanghai.

China to Put Glaxo Investigators On Trial

July 29, 2014 5:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Shanghai court says American and British investigators who worked for drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will stand trial Aug. 8 on charges of illegally obtaining information on Chinese citizens. The Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court said Tuesday that Yingzeng Yu and her husband Peter Humphrey will have a "public trial."

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GSK Asks European Regulator to OK Malaria Shot

July 24, 2014 8:18 am | News | Comments

The experimental shot is the most advanced candidate vaccine for malaria but results from previous trials have been disappointing. Research published in 2012 showed the shot only reduced malaria cases by about 30 percent in babies aged six to 12 weeks, the target age for immunization.

GSK's CEO and CFO Discuss the Company's Second Quarter Results

July 23, 2014 9:13 am | Videos | Comments

GSK CEO Sir Andrew Witty and CFO Simon Dingemans on the group’s Q2 2014 results and strategy update.                         

Report: GSK Flu Vaccine Plant Inspection Finds Ten Actionable Issues

July 23, 2014 8:14 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A recent Health Canada inspection of the country's only flu vaccine production plant identified 10 issues that need to be addressed, a report from the regulatory agency reveals. The summary report of the June inspection said none of the problems found poses a critical risk to public health, but seven fall into the major observation category.

GSK and Theravance Initiate Phase III Program for COPD Treatment

July 16, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline and Theravance today announced the start of a global phase III study, known as IMPACT, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the 'closed' triple combination of FF/UMEC/VI in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

China Indicts US, British Nationals Involved In GSK Investigation

July 13, 2014 11:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities formally indicted two corporate investigators, an American and Briton, for allegedly illegally obtaining and selling private information, state media reported Monday. Prosecutors in Shanghai filed charges against British investigator Peter Humphrey and his wife Yingzeng Yu, a U.S. citizen, at the city's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

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US Officials Barred from American's Trial in China

July 4, 2014 5:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Embassy spokesman says diplomats are barred from the trial in Shanghai of an American investigator for GlaxoSmithKline and her British husband who are charged with improperly selling personal information. Spokesman Nolan Barkhouse said Friday that the U.S. government is concerned about lack of access to the trial of Yu Yingzeng and husband Peter Humphrey in August.

GlaxoSmithKline Agrees to $105M Settlement

June 4, 2014 6:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline PLC will pay $105 million to dozens of states to settle allegations that it marketed drugs for uses unapproved by federal regulators. Lawsuits filed in 44 states and the District of Columbia alleged that the British drugmaker misrepresented the uses and qualities of its asthma drug Advair and the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin.

UK Serious Fraud Office Investigates GSK

May 27, 2014 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Serious Fraud Office says it has opened a criminal investigation into the commercial practices of GlaxoSmithKline PLC and its subsidiaries. The company has faced a series of investigations into its activities in recent months including a major corruption probe in China.

PERNIX to Acquire TREXIMET® Tablets for Migraine From GSK

May 15, 2014 8:39 am | News | Comments

Pernix Therapeutics Holdings has signed an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline to acquire the U.S rights to Treximet® (sumatriptan/naproxen sodium) for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults.     

British Executive Accused in China Drug Bribery

May 14, 2014 7:57 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese police have accused a British executive of GlaxoSmithKline of leading a sprawling scheme to bribe doctors and hospitals to use its drugs. The announcement was the first time a foreign employee in China of British-based GSK was accused in the investigation announced last July.

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Ligand Partner GSK Gains Priority Review Designation for Promacta™/Revolade™ for Severe Aplastic Anemia

April 30, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Ligand Pharmaceuticals has announced that the FDA has granted its partner GlaxoSmithKline Priority Review designation for Promacta™/Revolade™ (eltrombopag) for the treatment of cytopenias in patients with severe aplastic anemia (SAA) who have had insufficient response to immunosuppressive therapy.

Deal Flurry Shows Drug Makers’ Move to Specialization

April 24, 2014 8:58 am | Videos | Comments

The recent flurry of drug deals shows how the global pharmaceutical industry is reversing course, as companies narrow their focus after decades of diversifying their drug portfolios.            

Investor Pressure Pushing Pharmaceutical M&A Deals

April 22, 2014 7:31 pm | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmakers eager to satisfy shareholders by boosting profits and share prices are wheeling, dealing and in one case even making trades like a pro sports team looking to shake up its roster. The moves could spur more mergers and acquisitions in the industry.

Novartis and Glaxo Deal Reshapes Pharma Industry

April 22, 2014 8:58 am | Videos | Comments

Novartis completed about $25 billion of transactions in its product portfolios, including the sale of two units to British-based GlaxoSmithKline. The WSJ explains why the Swiss company is doing these deals now and what this means for the pharmaceutical industry.

Novartis, GSK, Lilly in Multibillion-Dollar Deals

April 22, 2014 4:28 am | by John Heilprin - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally.

FDA Approves Arzerra for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

April 18, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline and Genmab A/S announced that the FDA has approved a Supplemental Biologic License Application (sBLA) for the use of Arzerra, a CD20-directed cytolytic monoclonal antibody, in combination with chlorambucil for the treatment of previously untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia for whom fludarabine-based therapy is considered inappropriate.

GlaxoSmithKline Discloses New Bribery Inquiries

April 16, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is looking into allegations of bribery within its operations in Jordan and Lebanon. The company said Wednesday that it started looking into the conduct of "a small number of individuals" in December. It says the investigation is ongoing.

FDA Approves Injectable Diabetes Drug from Glaxo

April 15, 2014 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA has approved a new injectable drug from GlaxoSmithKline plc for adults with Type 2 diabetes. The agency cleared the company's drug, Tanzeum, to help patients control their blood sugar levels, in combination with diet and exercise.  

Report: Glaxo Bribed Doctors in Poland

April 14, 2014 9:25 am | News | Comments

The BBC reports that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is accused of bribing doctors to prescribe medicines in Poland. A "Panorama" show to air Monday evening quotes a former sales representative for the company saying doctors there were paid to prescribe its drugs.

GSK Recalls Weight Loss Drug

March 28, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports of unknown pills and tablets in the bottles.                     

Mylan Wins Breach of Contract Case Against GSK

March 27, 2014 8:50 am | News | Comments

Mylan has announced that, after a trial in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, a jury returned a verdict in favor of Mylan in its breach of contract lawsuit against GSK relating to Paroxetine Hydrochloride Extended-release (ER) Tablets.

GSK’s Phase III Cancer Immunotherapeutic Study Misses First Co-Primary Endpoints

March 21, 2014 8:49 am | News | Comments

Agenus Inc. announced that GlaxoSmithKline’s MAGRIT i study, a Phase 3 randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled MAGE-A3 ii cancer immunotherapeutic trial in non-small cell lung cancer patients, which contains Agenus’QS-21 Stimulon ® adjuvant, did not meet its first or second co-primary endpoint.

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