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New Drug Class Could Take on Colon Cancer

April 26, 2011 8:07 am | News | Comments

A class of drugs that shows promise in breast and ovarian cancers with BRCA gene mutations could potentially benefit colorectal cancer patients with a different genetic mutation, a new study has found.

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Kuros Candidate Reduces Healing Time

April 26, 2011 8:04 am | News | Comments

Kuros Biosurgery AG, announced that KUR-113 met the primary efficacy endpoint in a 200 patient Phase 2b clinical trial designed to assess its efficacy and safety in open tibial shaft fracture patients.

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FDA Approves DUEXIS for Arthritis

April 26, 2011 7:54 am | News | Comments

Horizon Pharma, Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved DUEXIS, a novel tablet formulation containing a fixed-dose combination of ibuprofen and famotidine.

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Positive Results in Remoxy Study

April 26, 2011 7:50 am | News | Comments

Pain Therapeutics Inc. reported clinical study results that may indicate its pain drug candidate Remoxy is more difficult to abuse than OxyContin. The company said patients with a history of abusing painkillers did not enjoy Remoxy as much as OxyContin.

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J & J Awaits Deceptive Marketing Ruling

April 26, 2011 7:47 am | by Meg Kinnard | News | Comments

It's now up to a Spartanburg County judge to decide how much a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary should pay South Carolina for deceptive marketing of an antipsychotic drug. If the judge agrees with attorneys for the state, it could be in the billions of dollars.

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Absorption Systems Publishes CellPort Study

April 26, 2011 7:44 am | News | Comments

Absorption Systems announced the results of another study demonstrating the power of the company’s CellPort Technologies to predict the potential for pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions.

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Protease Inhibitors

April 25, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ProteaseArrest family of protease inhibitor cocktails are unique ready-to-use liquid format cocktails that offer immediate >98% inhibition of harmful proteases.

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3D Cell Culture

April 25, 2011 8:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has announced the launch of Alvetex, a cell culture scaffold that enables genuine 3D cell culture to be grown routinely and cost-effectively.

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Merck, Sanofi Team on Phase 3 Trial

April 25, 2011 8:13 am | News | Comments

Merck and Sanofi Pasteur announced the initiation of a Phase 3 clinical program to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of an investigational pediatric hexavalent combination vaccine.

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Higher Losses for Pharmasset in 2Q

April 25, 2011 8:10 am | News | Comments

Clinical-stage drugmaker Pharmasset Inc. reported a wider fiscal second-quarter loss Monday on higher research and development costs. The company lost $19.9 million, or 55 cents per share, in the quarter ended March 31.

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Drug Combo Provides Hope for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

April 25, 2011 8:02 am | News | Comments

An over-the-counter drug used to treat diarrhea combined with minocycline, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, could one day change the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis.

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Artificially Malaria Immunity Lasts Longer Than Natural Immunity

April 25, 2011 7:50 am | News | Comments

A new immunological technique, in which patients are infected with malaria at the same time as being treated with prophylactic chloroquinine drugs, can give immunity against re-infection for at least 2.5 years, much longer than for immunity acquired naturally.

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Mylan Launches Generic Femara

April 25, 2011 7:42 am | News | Comments

Generic drugmaker Mylan Inc. said it has launched a generic version of Novartis' breast cancer treatment Femara. Mylan and Novartis settled a patent dispute over the drug in 2008.

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FDA Approves First Meningococcal Vaccine for Young Children

April 25, 2011 7:40 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Menactra in children as young as 9 months for the prevention of invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups A, C, Y and W-135.

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FDA Posts Positive Review of Boceprevir

April 25, 2011 7:37 am | by Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

Federal health officials said a highly-anticipated drug to treat hepatitis C made by Merck appears to cure more patients in less time than established drugs that have been used for 20 years.

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