New drugs help Pfizer beat expectations

Sales of breast cancer treatment more than tripled in Q2

2nd August, 2016
Pfizer employs around 3,000 in Ireland Pic: RollingNews.ie

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has reported second-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ estimates, thanks to strong sales of its newest drugs for cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sales of Ibrance, Pfizer’s new breast cancer treatment, more than tripled to $514m. The drug generated $723m last year, its first on the market, and analysts surveyed by Bloomberg predict annual sales will reach $4.81 billion by 2018.

Second-quarter sales of Pfizer’s rheumatoid arthritis drug Xeljanz were $217m, ahead of...

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