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GSK halts Simplirix trial

BY Alaric DeArment

LONDON British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has stopped a late-stage trial of a vaccine for genital herpes, citing disappointing results, GSK said Thursday.

 

The company said that while the vaccine Simplirix (herpes simplex vaccine) proved to be safe when administered to women as a prevention for genital herpes disease, it did not prevent infection. GSK had been conducting the phase 3 trial in 8,323 women ages 18 to 30 years in the United States and Canada under a partnership with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

“We would like to express our gratitude toward our partner, [the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases], for [its] proactive collaboration and substantial contribution in the program, and the volunteers for their participation in the study,” GSK VP and director for late clinical development Gary Dubin said.

 

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Waiting period for Bristol-ZymoGenetics deal expires

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK The Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period for Bristol-Myers Squibb’s acquisition of Seattle-based biotech company ZymoGenetics has expired, enabling Bristol’s acquisition to go through, the drug maker said Tuesday.

 

The drug maker announced the deal to acquire ZymoGenetics for $885 million, or $9.75 per share, earlier this month.

 

 

The buyout gives Bristol ownership of Recothrom, a drug used to control bleeding during surgical procedures; an investigative treatment for hepatitis C called pegylated-interferon lambda; and an investigative treatment for melanoma called interleukin-21, or IL-21.

 

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Valeant, Biovail become one

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario The merger between Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and Biovail is complete, the two companies said Tuesday.

 

Shareholders of both companies have approved the merger, worth more than $3 billion, originally announced in June.

 

 

The combined company will take Valeant’s name.

 

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