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Biosimilar Drugs Get Boost as U.K. Cost Agency Backs Use

January 27, 2016 9:00 am | by Ben Hirschler, Reuters | News | Comments

Cheaper "biosimilar" copies of expensive biotech drugs received a boost in Britain on Tuesday. Read more...

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FDA Reviewing Data Related to Drug Used in Fatal Study in France

January 27, 2016 9:00 am | News | Comments

The study had focused on BIA 10-2474, an investigational new drug (IND) manufactured by Portuguese company Bial. Read more...

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Galapagos Bowel Disease Drug Fails in Trial

January 26, 2016 11:59 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Belgian biotech group Galapagos said Tuesday its experimental drug to treat ulcerative colitis had failed to beat placebo in a Phase 2a study, called ORIGIN, and that the company will terminate its clinical development of the candidate, GLPG1205. Read more...

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Sanders Becomes 3rd Senator to Block Obama's Pick for FDA

January 26, 2016 10:58 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is blocking President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, the third senator to do so. Read more...

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Bubble Technique Could Create Type 1 Diabetes Therapy

January 26, 2016 10:44 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Previous treatments for this disease have involved injecting beta cells from dead donors into patients to help their pancreas generate healthy-insulin cells. Read more...

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Microscopic Drug 'Depots' Boost Efficacy Against Tumors in Animal Model

January 26, 2016 10:10 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a technique for creating microscopic "depots" for trapping drugs inside cancer tumors. In an animal model, these drug depots were 10 times more effective at shrinking tumors than the use of the same drugs without the depots. Read more...

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Are We Ready for a Blood Test for Cancer?

January 26, 2016 10:01 am | by Nicholas Weiler, UCSF | News | Comments

Liquid biopsy shows promise, researchers say, but techniques still need more development. Read more...

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Johnson & Johnson Beats 4Q Profit Views Despite Lower Sales

January 26, 2016 9:50 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson posted a 28 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit with the sale of its heart devices unit offsetting a weak performance from what was once its top moneymaker, as well as the strong dollar and a host of other charges at the world's biggest health care product company. Read more...

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Depression Experts Question Effectiveness of Stress Hormone Drug

January 26, 2016 8:45 am | by Newcastle University | News | Comments

Now the largest study of its kind has shown that a drug that blocks production of stress hormone does not routinely help in treating depression. Read more...

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New Mechanism of Antitumor Action Identified

January 26, 2016 8:40 am | by Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona | News | Comments

ABTL0812 has recently undergone Clinical Phase I trials in patients with advanced cancer. Read more...

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New Study Creates First 3D Vision of Cancer Target

January 26, 2016 8:36 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

A team from the University of Leicester has for the first time published a detailed description of a protein linked to many types of cancer. Read more...

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Health Minister: Brazil is 'Losing Battle' Against Mosquito

January 26, 2016 8:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian newspapers say the country's health minister has acknowledged the country is "badly losing the battle" against the mosquito that transmits Zika. Read more...

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SCLC Treatment Market to Reach $2.29B by 2024

January 26, 2016 8:22 am | by Volkan Gunduz, Ph.D., Oncology and Hematology Analyst, GlobalData | News | Comments

The Small Cell Lung Cancer treatment market will rise dramatically from $198 million in 2014 to $2.29 billion by 2024, representing a high Compound Annual Growth Rate of 27.7 percent. Read more...

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GSK Explores Possibility of Developing Zika Virus Vaccine

January 26, 2016 8:21 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical companies are exploring the opportunity to create a vaccine for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus. Read more...

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PAHO Statement on Zika Virus Transmission and Prevention

January 25, 2016 10:52 am | by Pan American Health Organization | News | Comments

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is new to the Americas. Since Brazil reported the first cases of local transmission of the virus in May 2015, it has spread to 21 countries and territories* of the Americas (as of 23 January 2016). Read more...

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