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Protein Family Can Inhibit HIV Release

August 26, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

A family of proteins that promotes virus entry into cells also has the ability to block the release of HIV and other viruses, researchers have found. Read more...                         

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Avanir Launches Phase 2 MDD Drug Study

August 26, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced the enrollment of the first patient into a Phase 2 study to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of AVP-786 for the adjunctive treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Read more...     

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US Health Official: Ebola Has 'Upper Hand'

August 26, 2014 10:14 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh | News | Comments

The Ebola virus has the "upper hand" in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official said, adding that experts have the tools to stop it. Read more...             

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U.S. Army Funds PTSD Treatment Trial

August 25, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

NeuroSigma Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of the Army has funded a Phase 2 clinical trial at UCLA that will examine the use of external trigeminal nerve stimulation (eTNS) as treatment for PTSD. Read more...          

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Regado Biosciences Permanently Halts Phase 3 Trial

August 25, 2014 3:08 pm | News | Comments

Regado Biosciences Inc. announced the permanent termination of enrollment in its REGULATE-PCI Phase 3 trial for its lead program, Revolixys Kit. Read more...                           

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Zorvolex Approved for Management of Osteoarthritis Pain

August 25, 2014 3:03 pm | News | Comments

Iroko Pharmaceuticals LLC announced that the FDA has approved Zorvolex (diclofenac) capsules, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), for the management of osteoarthritis pain. Read more...                 

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FDA Gives Insys Pharmaceutical Cannabidiol Orphan Status

August 25, 2014 2:57 pm | News | Comments

Insys Therapeutics Inc. announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation (ODD) to its pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Read more...                 

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Vivus Acquires Patent Rights to Qsymia Ingredient

August 25, 2014 2:51 pm | News | Comments

Vivus has acquired a group of patents covering one of the main ingredients behind its weight loss drug Qsymia from Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Read more...                            

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Janssen Affiliate Cilag to Acquire Covagen AG

August 25, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

Cilag GmbH International, an affiliate of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced that it has acquired Covagen AG. Read more...                           

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DNA Repair Drug Could Help Treat Leukemia, Other Cancers

August 25, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

A team of scientists found that a drug originally designed for killing a limited type of cancer cells with DNA repair defects could potentially be used to treat leukemia and other cancers. Read more...              

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Roche to Buy InterMune for $8.3B

August 25, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said Sunday it has reached an $8.3 billion deal to buy InterMune Inc., a California-based developer of treatments for lung diseases. Read more...                     

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Japan Ready to Offer Flu Drug for Ebola Treatment

August 25, 2014 9:54 am | by Mari Yamaguchi | News | Comments

Japan said Monday it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as a possible treatment for the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak. Read more...                         

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‘The Pill’ Shrinks Ovaries, Cuts Egg Numbers

August 25, 2014 9:49 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

The birth control pill significantly affects ovarian reserve— or the number of immature eggs in a woman’s ovaries— which can be a predictor of future fertility, according to a team in Denmark. Read more...             

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Allergan Reviews Meeting Requests in Valeant Takeover Bid

August 23, 2014 2:23 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox maker Allergan Inc. is reviewing shareholder requests for a special meeting to consider replacing most of its board, a change fellow drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is seeking as part of the hostile takeover attempt. Read more...

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Alabama Ruling on Drug Warnings Draws Suspicion

August 23, 2014 11:25 am | by Jay Reeves | News | Comments

Business isn't buying the Alabama Supreme Court's attempt to limit the fallout from its decision saying brand-name drugmakers can be held liable for warnings on generic medication produced by other companies. Read more...         

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