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Researchers ID New Formulation for Cancer Treatment

April 16, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a new way to deliver a tricky drug, dichloroacetate, that may one day make it a viable treatment for numerous forms of cancer. Read more...                       

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3-D Printed Tissues May Aid Drug Delivery, Wound Healing

April 16, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

A University of Oxford spin-out, OxSyBio, will develop 3-D printing techniques to produce tissue-like synthetic materials for wound healing and drug delivery. Read more...                       

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Drug Developers Using New Models, Methods to Boost Clinical Success Rates

April 16, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

Drug companies and their development partners who are seeking to increase clinical success rates of new drug candidates are developing tools to help them predict the likelihood of marketing approval and incorporating business planning earlier in clinical development, according to new evidence. Read more...

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SSRI Use During Pregnancy Linked to Autism, Developmental Delays

April 16, 2014 10:57 am | News | Comments

In a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, researchers found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in boys. Read more...   

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Judge Blocks Zohydro Ban in Massachusetts

April 16, 2014 10:47 am | by Steve LeBlanc | News | Comments

A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after the maker of the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban ordered by Gov. Deval Patrick last month is unconstitutional. Read more...    

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FDA Approves GSK's Injectable Diabetes Drug

April 16, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The FDA said Tuesday it approved a new injectable drug from GlaxoSmithKline plc for adults with Type 2 diabetes. The agency cleared the company's drug, Tanzeum, to help patients control their blood sugar levels, in combination with diet and exercise. Read more...

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Breaking News: EMA Warns of Falsified Herceptin

April 16, 2014 9:09 am | News | Comments

The EMA has been informed that vials of the cancer medicine Herceptin, thought to have been stolen in Italy, including from hospitals, have been tampered with and re-introduced under false credentials into the supply chain in some countries. Read more...

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2014 R&D 100 Awards Entry Deadline Extended

April 15, 2014 3:09 pm | News | Comments

The editors of R&D Magazine have announced that there is still plenty time to prepare your Entry Form for the 2014 R&D 100 Awards: Friday, May 2 is the new deadline.                      

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New Product Launches Lift J&J in Q1

April 15, 2014 1:05 pm | by Linda Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's biggest maker of health care products, such as Tylenol, medical devices and prescription drugs, easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its earnings outlook, driving up its shares to a new high for the year. Read more...

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FDA Approves Merck’s Allergy Immunotherapy

April 15, 2014 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Merck announced that the FDA has approved Grastek (Timothy Grass Pollen Allergen Extract) Tablet for Sublingual Use, an allergen extract indicated as immunotherapy for the treatment of grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis. Read more...   

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Protein Partnership Inflames Immune Cells in Cancer

April 15, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have identified two unlikely partners in a type of immune cell called a macrophage that work together in response to cancer drugs to increase inflammation in a way that may alter tumor growth. Read more...         

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CBR Starts Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Study

April 15, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Cord Blood Registry (CBR) announced the launch of an FDA-regulated clinical trial being conducted at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to investigate two forms of stem cell therapy in children diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Read more...

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AbbVie’s Lung Cancer Drug Advances to Phase 3

April 15, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

AbbVie announced the initiation of a global Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its investigational compound, veliparib, in patients with previously untreated locally advanced or metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer. Read more...

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Nanoparticles Target Cancer with Triple Threat

April 15, 2014 12:10 pm | News | Comments

Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumors, but it has been difficult to design particles that can carry any more than one or two drugs. Read more... 

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NICE Recommends Firmagon for Special Cases of Advanced Prostate Cancer

April 15, 2014 11:10 am | News | Comments

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence issued its Final Appraisal Determination (FAD) recommending Firmagon (degarelix) as an option for treating advanced hormone-dependent prostate cancer, only in adults with spinal metastases who present with signs or symptoms of spinal cord compression. Read more...

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