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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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AstraZeneca, Pozen Filing Vimovo Lawsuit

April 25, 2011 7:34 am | News | Comments

Pozen Inc. said that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against generic drugmaker Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., which is seeking approval for a generic version of its osteoarthritis drug Vimovo.

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Compound Offers Treatment of Adult Shingles

April 22, 2011 7:40 am | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a compound called L-BHDA that has the potential to be more effective than existing agents in treating the very painful blisters known as shingles.

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Drug Effective in Treating Kidney Disease in Diabetic Patients

April 22, 2011 7:37 am | by Debra Kain | News | Comments

Researchers have published promising results of a clinical study using pirfenidone, an experimental anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory drug, to treat patients with diabetic nephropathy.

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Nanoscale Vaults Encapsulate Nanodisks for Drug Delivery

April 22, 2011 7:33 am | by Jennifer Marcus, UCLA | News | Comments

UCLA researchers have demonstrated the ability to package drug-loaded "nanodisks" into naturally occurring nanoscale capsules that have been engineered for therapeutic drug delivery.

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Early Warning System for Alzheimer's Disease

April 22, 2011 7:22 am | News | Comments

Scientists are developing a technique based on a new discovery which could pave the way towards detecting Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stages.

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Compound Halts Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

April 22, 2011 7:19 am | News | Comments

Scientists have developed the first of a new class of highly selective compounds that effectively suppresses the severity of multiple sclerosis in animal models.

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Researchers Identify Genes Causing Antimalarial Drug Resistance

April 22, 2011 7:17 am | News | Comments

Researchers have identified several genes that may be implicated in the malaria parasite's notorious ability to rapidly evade drug treatments.

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Scientists Observe Single Gene Activity in Living Cells

April 22, 2011 7:13 am | News | Comments

Researchers have for the first time observed the activity of a single gene in living cells, following the process of gene transcription.

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Pfizer Says Patient Died in Oral RA Drug Study

April 22, 2011 7:04 am | News | Comments

Pfizer Inc. confirmed that one patient who was taking its drug candidate tofacitinib, a pill designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, died during a recent clinical trial and said the death was connected to the drug.

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Halaven Approved in Japan for Inoperable Breast Cancer

April 22, 2011 7:01 am | News | Comments

Eisai Co. has received approval to market its novel anticancer Halaven Injection 1mg (eribulin mesylate) in Japan for the treatment of inoperable and recurrent breast cancer.

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Market Approval in Japan for LIXIANA

April 22, 2011 6:59 am | News | Comments

Daiichi Sankyo has received its first marketing approval for LIXIANA 15 mg and 30 mg tablets by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan.

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High Throughput Microplate Imaging

April 22, 2011 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

TTP LabTech introduced the Acumen eX3 high content, microplate imaging system, which features a 561nm laser.

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Protein Production Reagent

April 22, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

EMD Millipore has launched the NovaCHOice Transfection Kit that accelerates protein production from the suspension Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line.

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