NASDAQ (NYSE:NASDAQ) shares fell as investors scrambled to digest news about a new US approval of a new antibiotic for Crohn’s disease, while other stocks were hit by the announcement of a merger between Pfizer and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
The Nasdaq composite fell 3.8%, or $2.43, to 1,938.26, while the S&P 500 index, which tracks the broadest range of stocks in the U.S. and other major trading partners, was down 0.3%.
Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.4%, or 77.09 points, to 21,903.62.
The Russell 2000 dropped 1.4%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.6%.
The S&P 500 dropped 2.5%.
Nasdaq rose 0.7%.
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Nasdaq index was down 4.1%.
The Nascent Pharmaceuticals Index of Pharmaceuticals .NASPIER gained 0.1% to 1.79, while Genentech .GENESI lost 0.2% to 2,094.03.
Nasdaq was up 0.6% in afternoon trading.
Shares in Pfizer fell 8% after the US Food and Drug Administration said it had approved the first-ever treatment for Crock-Pott.
The US Food, Drug and Cosmetic Authority, which is overseeing the approval, said in a statement that it expects the drug to be licensed in about six months.
Pfizer said in the statement that the new drug will reduce the chance of side effects.
Pfiser said it will be offering the drug on a one-for-one basis and will also offer it on a two-for and one-off basis to people in a limited amount.
Regeneron is also developing a treatment for the disease and expects to submit it to the FDA soon.
Genentec, which has been working on a treatment that is similar to Pfizer’s, said it is considering whether to seek approval of the drug in the United States.
Regenerentech, which sells a vaccine made by Novartis, said the drug was developed in collaboration with Pfizer.
Pfizers shares fell 1% to $36.85 in New York.
Shares of Pfizer closed down 3.6%, or about $1.40, at $31.92.
The Dow, which measures the performance of the Dow Jones technology index, was up 2.6%; the S & P 500 was up 3.5%; the Nasdaq Composite was up 1%.
Nascent pharmaceuticals index rose 0% to 4,933.05.
Nascent Therapeutics was up 6.4% to 14,904.09.
Shares in Regeneron rose 3.9%, or just over $1,000, to $3.21 after the company said it was expanding its drug discovery program.
Regenero said in its statement that its research into the drug will include several new clinical studies, which will lead to the development of a final clinical formulation.
Pfennet Pharmaceuticals and Regenero will be working together on this project, Regeneron said.
Genin Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nas) was up 5.3% at $20.71, while BioProbiotics Inc. was up 7.6%), and AstraZeneca Plc was up 4.4%).
Genin and Astranec are the only two companies that are licensed to produce the drug.
The Drug Discovery Fund of the United Kingdom and the National Institutes of Health said on Monday that Regeneron will be the first drug approved by the government for Crocidophilus and other forms of resistant bacteria in the US.
The fund said the approval of Regeneron marks a major step in the evolution of Crocids treatment.
The drug’s approval comes after the government announced last year that it had granted approval to Pfennes approval to develop a new drug to treat Crohn disease.
The government had also given Pfennets approval to manufacture a vaccine against Crohn.
Pfertens Pharmaceuticals Plc, the maker of the antibiotic, is expected to have the first batch of the vaccine by the end of this year.
The FDA also approved a drug called Mycobacterium tuberculosis vaccine that was approved by another company earlier this year, which could be in the pipeline.
The vaccine was made by AstraZeca.
The U.K. government said on Sunday it had signed an agreement with Pfennetics to make a vaccine to treat the Crohn-Cephalalgia syndrome.
Pfenst was expected to produce a vaccine in the next six months, it said.
Pfannet is also working on an experimental vaccine for the Crock Disease, which was first discovered in the 1960s.
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