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A Pharmacist Explains Why Drugs Cost So Much

August 10, 2015 12:34 pm | by Kim Krieger, University of Connecticut | News | Comments

Lisa Holle, assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice at UConn and past president of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association, explains how drug prices are set and discusses some of the efforts to rein them in. Read more...

Court Sides Against FDA In "Off-Label" Drug Promotion Case

August 10, 2015 12:23 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The maker of a prescription fish-oil pill won an early victory Friday against the Food and Drug Administration over its right to publicize unapproved uses of its drug. Read more...

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AstraZeneca, Inovio Strike $700M Cancer Vaccine Deal

August 10, 2015 10:50 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

AstraZeneca announced Monday that it will collaborate with Inovio Pharmaceuticals to develop an experimental immunotherapy vaccine to treat human papillomavirus (HPV), called INO-3112. Read more...

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Six Major Projects to Bring Innovative Pathology Tests to Patients for Better Treatment

August 10, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

The Medical Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have made a joint award of £16m to develop molecular pathology tests to help deliver stratified medicine in a wide range of disease areas. Read more...

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Hepatitis Increasingly Goes Hand in Hand with Heroin Abuse

August 10, 2015 9:34 am | by Patrick Whittle | News | Comments

Public health agencies and drug treatment centers nationwide are scrambling to battle an explosive increase in cases of hepatitis C, a scourge they believe stems at least in part from a surge in intravenous heroin use. Read more...

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China Pledges Continued Support for Ebola-Hit Africa Nations

August 10, 2015 9:27 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh and Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Minister Wang Yi is in Guinea Monday for the last leg of his tour of the three countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Read more...

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Common Medications Could Delay Brain Injury Recovery

August 10, 2015 9:20 am | by University of Aberdeen | News | Comments

Prescribed to up to 50 percent of older people, medications with anticholinergic properties are used to treat a broad range of common conditions including bladder problems, depression and insomnia. Read more...

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Promising Drug for Parkinson's Disease: Study Supports Fast Track to Clinical Trials

August 10, 2015 9:11 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

The research is also the first to demonstrate beneficial effects of UDCA on dopaminergic neurons, the nerve cells affected in Parkinson’s disease, in a fly model of Parkinson’s disease which carries the same genetic change as some patients with the condition. Read more...

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Mylan Launches Generic Version of Lidoderm Patch

August 10, 2015 8:50 am | News | Comments

Lidocaine Patch 5 percent had U.S. sales of approximately $1.1 billion for the 12 months ending June 30, 2015, according to IMS Health. Read more...

Scientists Develop Test to Measure Effectiveness of Treatments for Huntington's Disease

August 7, 2015 11:26 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

A new test developed by UBC researchers allows physicians to measure the effects of gene silencing therapy in Huntington's disease and will support the first human clinical trial of a drug that targets the genetic cause of the disease. Read more...

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CVS Cuts Coverage of 31 Drugs, Including Viagra

August 7, 2015 11:17 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

CVS will drop 31 prescription drugs from insurance coverage next year, including Viagra, the company announced Thursday. Read more...

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Not Just Carry-ons: Airplane Toilets Carry Global Bacteria Patterns

August 7, 2015 10:30 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Planes don’t just carry people and luggage. They also haul toilet waste, and exotic mixes of bacteria, from continent to continent. The gut waste found in the toilets could point toward larger patterns of bacteria, infectious disease and even microbial resistance, according to a new study published by a Danish team of scientists. Read more...

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Chemists Report Nicotine-Chomping Bacteria May Hold Key to Anti-Smoking Therapy

August 7, 2015 10:20 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) explores a bacterial enzyme that might be used as a drug candidate to help people quit smoking. The research shows that this enzyme can be recreated in lab settings and possesses a number of promising characteristics for drug development. Read more...

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How Chronic Inflammation Can Lead to Cancer

August 7, 2015 10:10 am | News | Comments

Researchers discover how the immune system can create cancerous DNA mutations when fighting off infection. Read more...

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Drug Discovery Spotlight: Shire Makes $30B Bid for Baxalta; First 3-D-printed Drug Approved by FDA

August 7, 2015 9:34 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Here is some of the news that stood out this week. Read more...

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