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Astellas Submits NDA for Life-Threatening Fungal Infection Drug

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Astellas announced it has submitted a New Drug Application to the FDA seeking approval for isavuconazole for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and invasive mucormycosis. Read more...                 

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Review: Gaps Between Approval, Safety Assessment of ADHD Drugs

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Over the last 60 years, the FDA approved 20 medications for ADHD based on clinical trials that were not designed to study their long-term efficacy and safety or to detect rare adverse events, researchers report. Read more...        

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PerkinElmer Launches LabChip GX and GXII Touch

July 9, 2014 3:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PerkinElmer Inc., a global leader focused on the health and safety of people and the environment, announced the launch of the new LabChip GX Touch and GXII Touch automated electrophoresis systems. Read more...

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Ario Kicks Off Efficacy Trial of Chronic Idiopathic Cough Drug

July 9, 2014 3:14 pm | News | Comments

Ario Pharma Ltd, the biopharmaceutical company developing innovative new treatments for respiratory disease, announced that it has commenced a Phase 2a study of its oral TRPV1 antagonist, XEN-D0501, for the treatment and prevention of cough in patients with chronic idiopathic cough. Read more...

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DelMar Receives Canadian Funding

July 9, 2014 3:09 pm | News | Comments

DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that the company has been awarded a non-refundable financial contribution of up to CDN$194,000 from the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to support personnel and research costs. Read more...

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Dezima Extends Clinical Development of Dyslipidemia Drug

July 9, 2014 3:02 pm | News | Comments

Dezima Pharma, the biotechnology company developing innovative drugs in the field of dyslipidemia, announced the approval of a Phase 1 pilot study in subjects with isolated, elevated Lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)), for which additional funding has been secured. Read more...

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Domainex Reports Success of COPD Drug

July 9, 2014 2:57 pm | News | Comments

Domainex Ltd, a UK-based drug discovery company developing first-in-class small-molecule inhibitors of two closely-related pro-inflammatory kinases TBK1 and IKK-epsilon announced that its lead compound has demonstrated a more potent effect in a key model of COPD than either roflumulast or a p38 inhibitor. Read more...

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Arthritis Drug Misses New Indication Endpoint

July 9, 2014 2:51 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Celgene Corp. slipped in premarket trading Wednesday after the drugmaker said its psoriatic arthritis treatment Otezla missed the main goal of a late-stage study exploring an additional use in a painful spinal joint disorder called ankylosing spondylitis. Read more...

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EFPIA Denounces French Law on Off-label Drug Use

July 9, 2014 2:43 pm | News | Comments

EFPIA, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, criticized the intent of the French government to broadly enlarge the use of-off label drugs for economic reasons, even if there is an approved drug available. Read more...

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Baxter Snags First Drug Candidate from NIH Program

July 9, 2014 1:35 pm | News | Comments

A drug candidate developed by researchers at the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and its collaborators to treat sickle cell disease has been acquired by Baxter International’s BioScience business. Read more...  

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Salix Pharma to Buy Cosmo Tech

July 9, 2014 1:26 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Salix Pharmaceuticals fell Wednesday before markets opened and a day after it announced plans to become the latest U.S. company to incorporate overseas and lower its taxes. Read more...               

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Governor Pushes for Trials of Marijuana Derivative

July 9, 2014 1:12 pm | by Christina A. Cassidy | News | Comments

Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children. Read more...                         

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Forgotten Smallpox Vials Found in Storage Room

July 9, 2014 1:07 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week- decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. Read more...          

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HIV Vaccine Research Team Loses $1.38M Grant

July 9, 2014 12:54 pm | by David Pitt | News | Comments

An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results. Read more...        

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Cinnamon Could Halt the Progression of Parkinson’s

July 9, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Neurological scientists have found that using cinnamon, a common food spice and flavoring material, can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Read more...    

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