Basel, March 13, 2014 - Novartis has announced that Australia has joined the growing number of countries where following licensure, Bexsero® (Meningococcal Group B Vaccine [rDNA, component, adsorbed]) has received a clinical recommendation for the vaccine's routine use to help protect against meningitis B.
Basel, 6 March 2014 - Novartis announced today that the European Commission (EC) has approved 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.
Basel, February 28, 2014 - Today Novartis joins the global rare disease community in recognition of Rare Disease Day by calling for a global exchange of ideas to deepen the understanding of rare diseases and help address a significant unmet medical need.
Basel, February 26, 2014 - Novartis announced today additional steps to extend its leadership in clinical trial data transparency. Since 2005, and before requirements were in place, Novartis has been voluntarily disclosing summaries of Clinical Study Reports of its innovative medicines on its own website (http://www.novctrd.com).
Basel, February 25, 2014 - A strong majority of Novartis shareholders today followed the Board of Directors' recommendations for all proposed resolutions at the Group's Annual General Meeting. A total of 2,123 shareholders were present at the meeting held in Basel, representing approximately 1.67 billion shares or 61.8% of the more than 2.7 billion issued shares of Novartis.
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."