AstraZeneca updates on olaparib and TC-5214 development programmes
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
With associated impairment charges, company confirms full year financial target, but guides to lower half of its Core EPS range
AstraZeneca today announced that its investigational compound olaparib will not progress into Phase III development for the maintenance treatment of serous ovarian cancer. In addition, AstraZeneca announced that the second RENAISSANCE Phase III study of TC-5214 for patients with major depressive disorder did not meet its primary end point. As a result, AstraZeneca will take pre-tax impairment charges totalling $381.5 million to R&D expense in the fourth quarter of 2011. The company confirms its expectation for full year Core EPS in the range of $7.20 to $7.40, but with the inclusion of these intangible impairments, Core EPS is likely to be in the lower half of this range.