DENSE FOG ADVISORY

Until 10 AM

The National Weather Service in northern Indiana issues a DENSE FOG ADVISORY for St. Joe and Branch counties until 10 AM.  Dense fog has already been observed in many cities in West Michigan including Kalamazoo.  The ADVISORY may be expanded to include more counties.  Burning off fog this time of year is tough thanks to a low sun angle.  Fog may linger in some locations until midday.  

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Pfizer breast cancer drug hits midstage study goal

Updated: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 |
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NEW YORK (AP) - Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. says a midstage study of its experimental drug for advanced breast cancer, palbociclib, met the main goals.

The world's second-biggest drugmaker says its drug, combined with another medicine called letrozole, increased the time patients survived without tumors growing, compared with women just getting letrozole.

Pfizer shares jumped 99 cents, or 3.3 percent, to $31.40 in late-morning trading.

Analysts are closely watching palbociclib, which is for postmenopausal women with certain tumor characteristics found in about 60 percent of patients with advanced breast cancer. It's seen as a potential huge seller.

New York-based Pfizer is now enrolling patients in a late-stage test of palbociclib.  Last April, the Food and Drug Administration designated it a breakthrough therapy, a recognition that helps speed up the review needed for approval.
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