Johnson & Johnson's first-quarter profit fell by just over 10% as increased sales were offset by higher costs for production, marketing, and administration. The maker of Tylenol, prescription drugs, and medical devices said that it earned $3.5 billion, down 10.6%, from $3.9 billion a year earlier.
The Food and Drug Administration has posted its review of Theravance and partner GlaxoSmithKline's combination inhaler drug to treat lung disease. The companies have asked the FDA to approve their experimental inhaler drug, Breo Ellipta, to treat complications of chronic lung disease.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has offered to pay about $13.6 billion to buy genetic testing equipment maker Life Technologies in a cash deal that will create a giant company serving research and specialty diagnostics. Life Technologies Corp. shareholders and regulators still need to approve the acquisition.
Abbott Laboratories is recalling its FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters after finding that they display and store incorrect test results for dangerously high blood sugar levels. Johnson & Johnson announced a similar recall last month for several types of its blood glucose meters.
Researchers have succeeded in transforming skin cells directly into oligodendrocyte precursor cells, the cells that wrap nerve cells in the insulating myelin sheaths that help nerve signals propagate. If the approach also works with human cells, it could eventually lead to cell therapies for MS and paralysis.
The Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting in June to reassess the safety of GlaxoSmithKline's former blockbuster drug Avandia, which was severely restricted in 2010 due to concerns about its impact on the heart. Regulators announced the highly unusual move in a recent government notice.
The appeal of cell culture–based production of drugs has increased demand for single-use bioreactors that can move into the process-development lab and help manage peaks and tight development schedules. Single-use bioreactors can be used for monoclonal antibodies, recombinant proteins, stem cells, and vaccines.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cannot determine whether its four-year-old Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies program is working because drug companies have not provided key information when requested and the agency has not taken enforcement action against them.
Apoptosis, or programmed cell death, plays an essential role in organismal development and tissue homeostasis. During development, apoptosis is critical for the sculpting of organs and the elimination of unnecessary structures. Many cells die an altruistic death daily to secure homeostasis of the whole organism.
Tumor necrosis factor can actually heighten susceptibility to tuberculosis if its levels are too high. A study shows how excess production of this disease-cell destroyer at first acts as a TB germ killer. But later the opposite occurs: too much tumor necrosis factor encourages TB pathogens to multiply in the body.
A key function of heat shock proteins (HSPs) is to act as molecular chaperones to assist in the folding and stabilization of numerous client proteins. One family of HSPs—heat shock protein 90—stabilizes a diverse range of client proteins, many of which are involved in key pathways in malignancy.
The neverending din of partisan squabbling coming out of Washington can be deafening at times. Luckily for everyone, legislation like The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 seemed more or less immune to this cacophony, passing the Senate with 92 yay votes.
Bristol-Myers Squibb has announced a $250 million expansion of its central Massachusetts manufacturing complex that will eventually employ an additional 350 workers. The expansion will add space for developing biologics and for manufacturing those products for clinical trials.
The day-to-day pressures on a compound manager come from several directions. There is pressure to support the increasing demands for samples in more diverse delivery formats; pressure to keep operational and supply costs down; and there has been the unfortunate trend toward staff reductions.
Scientists recently demonstrated that biphasic vesicles can deliver large-molecule or macromolecule drugs into the skin. Success with biphasic vesicles offers the potential for needle-free administration of many pharmaceuticals that could previously only be administered by injection.