An ailing AstraZeneca kicks two drugs out of the pipeline and an ex-drug partner’s share price is blasted
Last October Synairgen saw its shares clobbered by the news that its Big Pharma partner AstraZeneca had scrapped a mid-stage study of their inhaled interferon beta therapy AZD9412. The drug was designed to prevent crises for asthmatics during cold season, but a low number of exacerbations was making it impossible to see whether or not it was hitting the primary endpoint.
Today, AstraZeneca $AZN used its quarterly roundup — focused primarily on rapidly falling revenue — to silently toss the drug, citing “strategic” reasons. And it also threw out AZD3412, a myeloperoxidase inhibitor in mid-stage testing for Parkinson’s that GlobalData had held out as a significant hope in that field.
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