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UCB Announces Phase 3 Data of Epilepsy Drug

December 8, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

UCB announced the primary efficacy and safety data from the latest Phase 3 study evaluating brivaracetam (fixed doses of 100 and 200 mg/day with no up-titration) as adjunctive treatment in adult epilepsy patients with partial-onset seizures. Read more...    


Paralegal Claims Sanofi Fired Her for Whistleblowing

December 5, 2014 3:23 pm | News | Comments

The lawsuit accuses recently ousted Sanofi CEO Christopher Viehbacher and other execs of an alleged kickback scheme to increase sales of U.S. medicines. Read more...                


CDC: Ebola Reports Rarely Panned Out

December 5, 2014 3:13 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report looked at Ebola-related calls the federal agency received this year from doctors, hospitals, and state and local health departments. Read more...          


Oregon Hospital: Medication Error Killed Patient

December 5, 2014 3:00 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka - Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oregon hospital is acknowledging that it administered the wrong medication to a patient, causing her death. Read more...                       


Jury Favors AstraZeneca in Nexium Antitrust Litigation

December 5, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

A jury in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts returned a verdict in favour of AstraZeneca in a Multi-District antitrust case. Read more...                 


Study Suggests Potential Therapy for Common Form of Dementia

December 5, 2014 12:56 pm | by Bob Shepard, University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Drugs that boost the function of a specific type of neurotransmitter receptor may provide benefit to patients with the second most common type of dementia. Read more...                


Genetic Errors Linked to More ALS Cases Than Previously Thought

December 5, 2014 12:43 pm | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Genetic mutations may cause more cases of ALS than scientists previously had realized. Read more...                          


Resistance and Futility

December 5, 2014 12:25 pm | by Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

New findings reveal how penicillin deals bacteria a devastating blow. Read more...                              


Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective This Winter

December 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year. Read more...                       


GSK Cutting Hundreds of U.S. Jobs

December 5, 2014 12:02 pm | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year. Read more...                     


Takeda's Amyloidosis Inhibitor Gains Breakthrough Therapy Designation

December 5, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Takeda's amyloidosis inhibitor was designated as a breakthrough therapy by the FDA. Read more...                            


Mylan Receives Tentative FDA Approval of HIV-1 Treatment

December 5, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Mylan has received tentative FDA approval of its HIV-1 treatment for pediatric patients. Read more...                           


Building Personalized Approaches to Patient Care

December 5, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Sheldon, PhD, global vice president, Oracle Health Sciences | Articles | Comments

With the evolution of electronic medical records (EMR) systems, and the integration of genomic data with multi-dimensional longitudinal clinical data, the opportunity is rife to build truly personalized approaches to patient care. 


Study Shows Serotonin Can Increase Risk of Drug Addiction

December 5, 2014 9:33 am | by Victoria University of Wellington | News | Comments

A new study shows that the development of drug addiction is related to brain levels of serotonin. Read more...                         


Retina Discovery Could Lead to New Cancer Treatments

December 5, 2014 9:19 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

Eye surgeons have discovered that the retina in human eyes uses energy in a very similar way to cancer. Read more...                        



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