As a result of the high demand for GlaxoSmithKline's new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, two U.S. senators have urged the pharma giant to boost inventory levels on facing a shortage in the supplies even after the company established their "fair and equitable" process to ship Shingrix doses.
In 2017, GlaxoSmithKline ended its partnership with Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to develop and market inotersen and a follow-up drug for rare diseases. After reviewing its options, Ionis has signed a worldwide license deal to Akcea Therapeutics for inotersen and AKCEA-TTR-LRx in a deal that could hit $1.7 billion. What makes this deal a bit unusual is that Akcea is a subsidiary of Ionis.
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