The Week In... Pharma (16-20/03)
  • Posted on: 20/03/2020
  • Category: Industry

The Week In... Pharma (16-20/03)

Two UK firms announce plans to begin trials of therapies to tackle Coronavirus, PrEP is to be available for patients in England from April, the risk of death by stroke is down 24%, and Merck / MSD’s chronic cough drug clears phase 3 trials, potentially setting up regulatory filings this year.

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Moderna begins coronavirus vaccine trial

The US biotech Moderna was just about the only stock on the rise yesterday amid the global COVID-19 bear market, as the Massachusetts firm announced the first patient had been tested with its potential coronavirus vaccine.

Duo of UK firms announce coronavirus therapy trials

Two UK firms have announced plans to begin trials of therapies to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

PrEP to be available in England from April

From April, the Department of Health and Social Care will ensure that everyone at high risk of contracting HIV will receive PrEP from their local sexual health clinic.

Risk of death by stroke down 24%

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has revealed that the risk of death and disability after a stroke fell significantly between 2000 and 2015.

Merck’s chronic cough drug gefapixant clears phase 3 test

Merck & Co/MSD’s experimental drug gefapixant has improved the frequency of coughing in a pair of phase 3 trials, potentially setting up regulatory filings this year.

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