Basel, February 24, 2014 - Novartis announced today that its meningococcal serogroup B (MenB) vaccine, Bexsero® (Meningococcal Group B Vaccine [rDNA, component, adsorbed]), will be used as part of a vaccination program at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) that began today and will end on March 7. In the last three months, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Bexsero twice in response to MenB outbreaks at US college campuses.
Basel, February 21, 2014 - Lucentis® (ranibizumab) has been approved by Japanese regulatory bodies for a fourth indication: the treatment of patients with diabetic macular edema (DME), a leading cause of vision loss among patients with diabetes. Laser therapy, the current standard of care in Japan, has provided stabilization of vision in many patients, but generally does not improve vision.
Basel, February 19, 2014 - Novartis announced today that the pivotal trial of the investigational oral compound LDE225 (sonidegib) in advanced basal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of demonstrating an objective response rate among patients within six months of treatment.
Basel, January 29, 2014 - Commenting on the results, Joseph Jimenez, CEO of Novartis, said:"Novartis delivered strong performance in 2013, growing both net sales and core operating income in constant currencies while absorbing patent expirations. We maintained good momentum in innovation, with 18 approvals and 3 FDA Breakthrough Therapy designations. Our growth products continued to expand, rejuvenating our portfolio and reinforcing our growth prospects."
Basel, January 27, 2014 - Novartis is pleased to announce that it has been named among the 2014 Corporate Knights Global 100.
Basel, 24 January, 2014 - Novartis announced today that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion for the use of Xolair® (omalizumab) as an add-on therapy for the treatment of chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) in adult and adolescent (12 years and above) patients with inadequate response to H1 antihistamine treatment. The recommended dose is 300 mg by subcutaneous injection every four weeks.
Basel, January 24, 2014 - Novartis announced today it will shortly submit a revised filing package, including new data analyses, for re-examination for conditional approval of RLX030 (serelaxin) for acute heart failure by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) following a negative opinion issued today. In accordance with CHMP process a revised opinion could be granted in Q2 2014.
Basel, January 12, 2014 - Novartis announced today, that Hervé Hoppenot, President of Novartis Oncology, will leave Novartis with immediate effect having decided to pursue a career opportunity outside of the organization.
Holzkirchen, Germany, December 19, 2013 - Sandoz, the global leader in biosimilars, announced it has initiated a Phase III clinical trial with its biosimilar version of adalimumab (AbbVie's HUMIRA®) - the leading treatment of several autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn's disease.