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Bayer Launches Phase 3 Blood Clot Drug Trials

April 1, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

Bayer HealthCare and its U.S. development partner Janssen Research & Development LLC announced the initiation of two new Phase 3 trials to evaluate rivaroxaban in medically-ill patients and children at high risk for blood clots. Read more...


Daiichi Sankyo Initiates Phase 3 Edoxaban Study

April 1, 2014 9:26 am | News | Comments

Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. announced that it has started enrolling patients into the ENSURE-AF multinational Phase 3 study, which will evaluate edoxaban compared to enoxaparin/warfarin for the prevention of stroke and other blood clot complications in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation undergoing electrical cardioversion. Read more...


New Initiative Aims to Improve Outcomes in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

April 1, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck, announced the formation of the global Oncology Partnership and Education Network (OPEN). Read more...                


Halozyme’s Diabetes Drug Meets Primary Endpoint

March 31, 2014 3:54 pm | News | Comments

Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. announced that the primary endpoint of non-inferiority of A1C levels at six months was met for the CONSISTENT 1 trial. Read more...                            


Isis Antisense Drug Effectively Lowers Triglycerides in Phase 2

March 31, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced the final results from its Phase 2 study of ISIS-APOCIIIRx in patients with high to severely high triglycerides on stable doses of fibrates. Read more...                  


FDA Grants Orphan Designation to Kite Cancer Immunotherapy

March 31, 2014 3:45 pm | News | Comments

Kite Pharma Inc. announced that the FDA granted orphan drug designation for the company's autologous engineered T cell product that targets CD19 expression on B cell malignancies, for the treatment of diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Read more...


Janssen Expands Global Cardiovascular Research with Three New Xarelto Studies

March 31, 2014 3:42 pm | News | Comments

Janssen Research & Development LLC (Janssen) announced it is adding three new clinical trials to its EXPLORER global cardiovascular research program for Xarelto, the most studied and broadly indicated oral Factor Xa inhibitor in the world. Read more...


Supreme Court Takes Up Teva Dispute

March 31, 2014 3:38 pm | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is wading into a patent dispute between rival pharmaceutical companies over the multiple sclerosis treatment Copaxone. Read more...                            


Studies Find New Drugs Greatly Lower Cholesterol

March 31, 2014 3:21 pm | by Marilynn Marchione , AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades. Read more...


Adempas Approved in EU for Life-Threatening Hypertension

March 31, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

Bayer announced that Adempas (riociguat) has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Read more...             


Jazz Rolls Out Defitelio for sVOD in Europe

March 31, 2014 10:41 am | News | Comments

Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Gentium S.p.A. announced the commencement of the European commercial launch of Defitelio (defibrotide), the first licensed product for the treatment of severe hepatic veno-occlusive disease in patients undergoing HSCT therapy. Read more...


AstraZeneca, MRC Enter Drug Discovery Collaboration

March 31, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

AstraZeneca and the Medical Research Council (MRC) announced that they have entered into a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at better understanding the mechanisms of human disease and potential treatment options. Read more...       


Novartis Ends Heart Drug Trial on Effectiveness

March 31, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Novartis said it's cutting off late-stage research into a potential chronic heart failure treatment because the drug has proven so effective, sending shares to an all-time high when markets opened Monday. Read more...         


Prana Alzheimer’s Drug Misses Primary Endpoint in Phase 2

March 31, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

Prana Biotechnology announced that its lead Alzheimer's drug candidate, PBT2, did not meet its primary endpoint of a statistically significant reduction in the levels of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of prodromal/mild Alzheimer’s disease patients. Read more...


FDA OKs Biogen Hemophilia Treatment

March 31, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first hemophilia B treatment designed to decrease frequency of injections to prevent the excessive bleeding the clotting disorder causes. Read more...               



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