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Better Medicare Coverage May Lead to Overuse of Antibiotics

August 13, 2010 9:36 am | News | Comments

Improved drug coverage under Medicare Part D has led to an increase in the use of antibiotics by seniors, particularly of brand-name and more expensive drugs.


Electronic Trial Master Files

August 13, 2010 7:57 am | by James DeSanti, CEO and Founder; PharmaVigilant, Westborough, Mass. | Articles | Comments

Many organizations operate using an existing “tree” structure, which they’ve employed in previous paper Trial Master File systems.


Managing the Research Laboratory for Optimum Decision Making

August 13, 2010 7:53 am | by Kim Shah, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Pittsburgh, Pa. | Product Releases | Comments

While there are many challenges to running an efficient research laboratory, data management is one of the most critical issues facing scientists within drug discovery and development.


Cannabis in the Mainstream?

August 13, 2010 7:45 am | by Ted Agres, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The development of pharmaceuticals derived from cannabis took a major step forward in June when the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency approved the prescription use of Sativex to treat spasticity due to multiple sclerosis.


Closer to Human

August 13, 2010 7:38 am | by Xiaoxia Cui, PhD, R&D Manager; Kristen Bettinger, Product Manager; Phil Simmons, Marketing and Business Development Manager; Edward Weinstein, PhD, Director; Sigma-Aldrich,St. Louis, Mo. | Articles | Comments

New knockout rat models can be more effective predictors of pharmacokinetics.


Structured Drug Design

August 13, 2010 7:20 am | by Mike May, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Designing a new drug can be faster and more economical when researchers incorporate computational approaches. Software packages let scientists explore more structural options and even make predictions of the properties of new compounds.


Microplate Reader

August 13, 2010 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

BioTek’s Synergy 2 Alpha Microplate Reader provides high-performance Alpha detection at a reasonable price for low- to medium-throughput laboratories.


Abbott Launches Psoriasis Web Site

August 13, 2010 6:42 am | News | Comments

Abbott has launched, a new educational Web site created to clear up the myths and provide facts and useful tools for people living with psoriasis.


Biosearch Enters License Agreement With QIAGEN

August 13, 2010 6:38 am | News | Comments

Biosearch Technologies, Inc. announced that it has entered into a new license relationship with QIAGEN providing broad commercialisation rights to Scorpions Primers.


Researchers Find MSCs Support HSCs In Bone Marrow

August 13, 2010 6:30 am | News | Comments

Hematopoietic stem cells have two unique abilities that are prized by medical researchers: to self-renew and to develop into any kind of blood cell, which enables them to replenish the entire blood and immune system.


Tylenol May Ease Emotional Pain

August 13, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

A University of Florida researcher says acetaminophen, an ingredient in the popular over-the-counter pain reliever, may relieve social pain from hurt feelings. The findings suggest for the first time that emotional and physical pain are interrelated.


Typhoid Outbreak Linked to Tropical Fruit

August 13, 2010 6:11 am | by Mike Stobbe | News | Comments

A rare U.S. outbreak of typhoid fever has been linked to a frozen tropical fruit product used to make smoothies, health officials reported.


Hamburg Says China Improving Drug Safety

August 13, 2010 6:09 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach | News | Comments

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says China is improving its oversight of its exporters following a slew of scandals over bogus or substandard drugs and foods ranging from vaccines and infant formula to dog chow.


FDA Warns of Dangerous Side Effects With Lamictal

August 13, 2010 6:06 am | News | Comments

Federal health regulators are warning doctors and patients that an anti-seizure drug from GlaxoSmithKline PLC can cause rare inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.


Lilly Takes Patent Hit Over Strattera

August 13, 2010 6:03 am | News | Comments

Eli Lilly & Co. lowered its revenue outlook for the year after it lost a patent lawsuit over its attention deficit hyperactivity drug Strattera.



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