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University Finds MS Biomarkers A Decade Before Symptoms

April 30, 2010 6:07 am | News | Comments

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an equal opportunity destroyer. It attacks the central nervous system and eventually renders most patients disabled.

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FDA Approves Once-Daily Kaletra

April 30, 2010 5:56 am | News | Comments

Abbott announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved once-daily dosing of Kaletra for adult patients with HIV who have previously taken antiretroviral therapy.

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Provenge Vaccine Receives FDA Approval

April 30, 2010 5:45 am | by Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

A first-of-a-kind prostate cancer treatment that uses the body's immune system to fight the disease received federal approval, offering an important alternative to more taxing treatments like chemotherapy.

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Schwarz Pharma to Pay $22M Over False Claims

April 30, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

The Justice Department says Schwarz Pharma Inc. will pay $22 million for allegedly failing to disclose that two of its products did not qualify for federal health care coverage.

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United Therapeutics' Profits Jump 43% in Q1

April 30, 2010 5:40 am | News | Comments

United Therapeutics Corp.'s first-quarter profit increased 43 percent after the Food and Drug Administration approved two of its blood pressure drugs.

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BMS Profits Up 16.5% for the Quarter

April 30, 2010 5:36 am | by Linda A. Johnson | News | Comments

Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. reported double-digit jumps in first-quarter sales and profit, beating Wall Street expectations, but it lowered its 2010 profit forecast by a nickel due to the impact of the health care overhaul.

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J & J Subsidiaries Settle Topamax Case

April 30, 2010 5:33 am | by Pete Yost | News | Comments

Two subsidiaries of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson have agreed to pay more than $81 million stemming from allegedly illegal promotion of the epilepsy drug Topamax for psychiatric uses, the Justice Department announced.

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Drugmakers Post Higher 1st-Quarter Profits

April 30, 2010 5:30 am | by Linda A. Johnson | News | Comments

Three top drugmakers have posted healthy increases in first-quarter sales and profits, with strong sales of key drugs buoying Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., AstraZeneca LP and Sanofi-Aventis SA.

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Doctors Use Gene Sequence To Predict Health Risks

April 30, 2010 5:27 am | by Maria Cheng | News | Comments

The next time Stephen Quake is prescribed a drug, he says he won't worry about having a bad reaction. The Stanford University professor will simply consult his genome to see if there are any warning signs in his DNA.

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Microarray Analysis

April 29, 2010 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Illumina, Inc. announced shipment of HiScanSQ, the first instrument to integrate microarray analysis and next-generation sequencing in a modular design that can evolve with changing research needs.

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Site-Specific PEGylation

April 29, 2010 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Almac will be attending BIO 2010, the annual Bio Industry Association convention, at which it will announce the extension of its unique site specific PEGylation technology to cover single domain antibody fragments.

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New Technique Reveals Mechanics Of Blood Cell Membranes

April 29, 2010 7:19 am | News | Comments

Thanks to an interdisciplinary team of researchers, scientists now have a more complete understanding of one of the human body’s most vital structures: the red blood cell.

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Jumping Elements Become Incorporated in the Genome

April 29, 2010 7:13 am | News | Comments

The density of transposable (jumping) elements between sex chromosomes in primates may have important consequences for the studies of human genetic diseases, say Penn State University researchers.

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EyeGate Pharma Collaborating With GSK

April 29, 2010 7:05 am | News | Comments

EyeGate Pharma announces that they have established a research collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to evaluate the delivery of several GSK therapies using the EyeGate II delivery system.

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New Clients Boost Medco Profits

April 29, 2010 6:54 am | News | Comments

Pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc. said its profit grew 10 percent in the first quarter as it started doing business with several large new clients.

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