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Novo Nordisk's Insulin Shows Long-Term Efficacy in Children, Adolescents

September 16, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

Novo Nordisk announced new data from the BEGIN YOUNG 1 trial investigating once-daily Tresiba (insulin degludec) versus insulin detemir, both in combination with bolus insulin aspart in a 52-week trial in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Read more...

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Northwest Bio's Cell Therapy Named 'Promising Innovative Medicine'

September 16, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

An innovative cell therapy for cancer has become the first designated "promising" as part of a scheme to get medicines to patients quicker. The medicine, named DCVax-L, has been developed by U.S.-based pharmaceutical company Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc. Read more...

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UN: Nearly $1B Needed Now to Stop Ebola

September 16, 2014 9:45 am | by John Heilprin and Krista Larson | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is warning that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could double every three weeks. The estimate comes Tuesday as the U.N. health agency said the cost of containing the deadly virus has risen to nearly $1 billion. Read more...

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Allergan Agrees to Move Forward With Meeting

September 16, 2014 6:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Allergan and Pershing Square are agreeing on at least one step toward settling a fight over the makeup of the Botox-maker's board. Allergan will hold special shareholders meeting, as Pershing Square and its partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, continue their push for control of the drugmaker. Read more...

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NY Suing Actavis to Halt Alzheimer's Drug Swap

September 15, 2014 7:39 pm | by Michael Virtanen | News | Comments

New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to its newer patented drug to avoid losses. Read more...

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Merck Osteoporosis Drug Meets Primary Endpoint in Phase 3

September 15, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Merck announced data from the pivotal Phase 3 fracture outcomes study for odanacatib in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Odanacatib is Merck’s investigational once-weekly cathepsin K inhibitor. Read more...           

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FDA Accepts Shire's sNDA for Vyvanse

September 15, 2014 3:43 pm | News | Comments

Shire announced that the FDA has accepted for filing with priority review a supplemental New Drug Application for Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) capsules as a treatment for adults with binge eating disorder (BED). Read more...     

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FDA Committee Backs Approval of Natpara for Treatment of Hypoparathyroidism

September 15, 2014 3:37 pm | News | Comments

NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that the FDA's Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee voted that the available data support the approval of Natpara for the long-term treatment of hypoparathyroidism. Read more...      

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Lilly Colorectal Cancer Drug Hits OS Endpoint

September 15, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Eli Lilly and Co. announced that the RAISE trial, a Phase 3 study of ramucirumab (Cyramza) in combination with chemotherapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), met its primary endpoint of overall survival. Read more...     

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Amgen Heart Study Shows Positive Ivabradine Results

September 15, 2014 3:18 pm | News | Comments

Amgen announced data from the Phase 3 SHIFT study evaluating ivabradine in patients with chronic heart failure (HF) were presented at the 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) in Las Vegas. Read more...   

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Avanir Drug for Alzheimer's Agitation Excels in Trial

September 15, 2014 3:07 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Avanir Pharmaceuticals soared Monday after the company reported positive clinical trial results for a drug that is designed to treat agitation in Alzheimer's disease patients. Read more...                

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EMD Serono Announces 2014 GMSI Grant Winners

September 15, 2014 11:29 am | News | Comments

EMD Serono announced the recipients of the second annual Grant for Multiple Sclerosis Innovation at the 2014 Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ACTRIMS) and European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS). Read more...

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Akashi Acquires Global Rights to Novel DMD Treatment

September 15, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

Akashi Therapeutics Inc. announced that it has acquired global rights to GsMTx-4, a peptide developed to address calcium level imbalance in muscle, a critical issue in Duchenne muscular dystrophy contributing to loss of function and other associated pathologies. Read more...

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Germany's Merck Discontinues Lung Cancer Drug Program

September 15, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

Merck Serono will discontinue the clinical development program of its investigational MUC1 antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy tecemotide (also known as L-BLP25) as a monotherapy in Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Read more...   

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Cardio3 BioSciences to Continue Phase 3 Heart Therapy Trial

September 15, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

Cardio3 BioSciences SA (C3BS) announced it has received the recommendation of the Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) to continue the CHART-1 clinical trial according to the original protocol. Read more...            

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