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FDA Approves Addyi (Flibanserin) for Low Libido in Women

August 18, 2015 9:21 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The FDA announced its decision Tuesday to approve flibanserin, the first prescription drug designed to boost a woman’s libido. Read more...

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Boehringer Ingelheim's COPD Drug Gets Positive Data

August 18, 2015 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced the publication of new data from the Phase 3b Otemto 1&2 trials, which show Stiolto Respimat provided clinically meaningful improvements in SGRQ total score, compared to placebo, in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Read more...

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Vitamin D Supplements Have Limited Benefit for Obese Teens

August 18, 2015 12:04 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The Mayo Clinic has been conducting a number of studies analyzing childhood obesity. Read more...

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Lannett Receives FDA Approval, Launches Generic Antidepressant Drug Abilify

August 18, 2015 11:58 am | News | Comments

Lannett Company, Inc.today announced that its Silarx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. subsidiary has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Aripiprazole Oral Solution 1 mg/mL, the generic version of the antidepressant drug Abilify. Read more...

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FDA Accepts sBLA for Merck's Pembrolizumab

August 18, 2015 11:54 am | News | Comments

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for Keytruda (pembrolizumab), Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy. Read more...

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New York OKs Statewide Rules to Fight Legionnaires' Disease

August 18, 2015 11:45 am | by David Klepper, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York is now requiring the testing and inspection of building cooling towers across the state to combat Legionnaires' disease following an outbreak in New York City that killed 12 people, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Read more...

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Patient Death Unrelated to Clinical Trial, Says Kite Pharma

August 18, 2015 11:16 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Kite Pharma confirmed in a conference call with analysts yesterday that a clinical trial patient death was unrelated to its cell therapy. The Santa Monica company held the call to thwart market rumors surrounding the Phase 1/2 study, which had lowered the company’s stock. Read more...

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Breath of Fresh Air for Asthmatics

August 18, 2015 8:50 am | by University of Technology, Sydney | News | Comments

People in good health don’t usually think about breathing. Read more...

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Mylan Confirms First-to-File Patent Challenge Relating to Zytiga

August 18, 2015 8:33 am | News | Comments

Currently, Mylan has 178 ANDAs pending FDA approval representing $83.8 billion in annual sales, according to IMS Health. Read more...

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Traumatic Memories Hidden in Chemical Pathway in Brain, Study Says

August 18, 2015 8:26 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Some traumatic experiences, like childhood abuse, are so painful that the brain tucks them away in a special chemical pathway in the brain, according to a new study. Those same memories might be retrievable – and treatable – by recreating that same pathway with drugs, according to the research, published today in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Read more...

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Promising Progress for New Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

August 18, 2015 8:00 am | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

The exact cause of T1D is not yet known, however, it is considered as an autoimmune disease. Read more...

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Playing Tetris Can Block Cravings

August 18, 2015 7:45 am | by University of Plymouth | News | Comments

Playing Tetris for as little as three minutes at a time can weaken cravings for drugs, food and activities such as sex and sleeping by approximately one fifth. Read more...

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Sweden Suspects Meningitis Outbreak at Scout Camp in Japan

August 18, 2015 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency also said three cases have been reported in Scotland. Read more...

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Biologist Investigates How Gene-swapping Bacteria Evade Antibiotics

August 17, 2015 10:55 am | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

A scientific peek into bacteria boudoirs is revealing how "sex" among disease-causing microbes can lead different species or strains to become resistant to antibiotic medications. Read more...

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Molecular Imaging and its Impact on Drug Development

August 17, 2015 10:44 am | by Dustin Kentala, Associate Study Director in Molecular Imaging, MPI Research | Articles | Comments

With the success rates in clinical development from Phase 2 to 3 at 39 percent, preclinical and clinical development teams are implementing alternatives to traditional paradigms to improve efficiency, success, and reduce cost. Read more...

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