Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. fell the most in seven weeks after an analyst with Leerink Swann & Co. cut sales estimates for a hepatitis C pill made by the company that was approved by U.S. regulators last year.
Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s experimental drug carfilzomib shrank the tumors of one-third of study patients with multiple myeloma, a deadly blood cancer. The company’s shares surged the most in four months in New York trading.
At Fred Poordad’s bustling hepatitis C clinic in the heart of Los Angeles, one in every five patients receives no treatment. They are waiting for a wave of new drugs, expected in the next 18 months, that may boost their chance at a cure by as much as 10-fold.
Intermune Inc. , which won European approval Feb. 28 for Esbriet, will start selling the lung- disease drug in September in Germany and in other parts of Europe next year, Chief Executive Officer Dan Welch said.