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Legislators Seek Answers for Valeant's Heart Drug Price Hikes

August 17, 2015 10:12 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The legislators asked the Canadian drugmaker to provide information on two heart drugs called Nitropress and Isuprel. Read more...

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Novel Therapeutic Agent for Pediatric Cancer Developed in Clinical Trials

August 17, 2015 9:58 am | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

Phase I trial to launch at 14 hospitals nationally, first-time used in children. Read more...

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Potential for Globally Accurate Diagnostic Test, Vaccine for Genital, Oral Herpes

August 17, 2015 9:51 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Findings from a pair of new studies could speed up the development of a universally accurate diagnostic test for human herpes simplex viruses (HSV), according to researchers at Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The work may also lead to the development of a vaccine that protects against the virus. Read more...

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Drug Execs Behind Female Libido Pill Have Run Afoul of FDA

August 17, 2015 9:39 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A small drugmaker from North Carolina may succeed next week where many of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning approval for the first drug to boost women's sexual desire. Read more...

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Roche Announces Positive Phase 2 Results for Immunotherapy Drug

August 17, 2015 8:52 am | News | Comments

Adverse events were consistent with what has been previously observed for atezolizumab. Read more...

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GSK to Reopen Plant Where Legionnaires' Found

August 17, 2015 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The London-based company said the towers have been cleaned and disinfected. Read more...

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Boehringer Strikes Deal with Startup to Find Weight Loss Drug Targets

August 17, 2015 8:15 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The pharmaceutical giant's hope is that this partnership can generate an innovative drug that can broaden the company’s research and development efforts for cardiometabolic disease. Read more...

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Study Reveals Benefits of Clinical Medication Reviews for Improving Medication Management

August 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Structured and collaborative medication reviews performed by pharmacists and general practitioners are beneficial in improving the quality use of medicines. Read more...

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International Team Discovers Ancient Origins of Deadly Lassa Virus

August 17, 2015 7:45 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

The Scripps Research Institute has published new findings showing the ancient roots of the deadly Lassa virus. Read more...

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UN Official: Ebola Epidemic Could be Defeated by End of 2015

August 17, 2015 7:30 am | by Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa can be defeated by the end of the year if the number of new cases drops to zero and stays at zero, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday. Read more...

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Capturing Cell Growth in 3-D

August 14, 2015 12:33 pm | by MIT News | News | Comments

Spinout’s microfluidics device better models how cancer and other cells interact in the body. Read more...

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Yeast Engineered to Produce Opiates by Stanford Team

August 14, 2015 12:27 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Yeast has been used for centuries to make beer and wine. But now, through some major genetic engineering, the fungi have now been altered to produce opiates, according to a team of scientists. Read more...

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Drug Discovery Spotlight: AstraZeneca-Inovio Cancer Vaccine Deal; Merck Job Cuts

August 14, 2015 12:06 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Your weekly roundup of news stories. Read more...

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FDA Approves Oxycontin for Children 11 and Older

August 14, 2015 10:06 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the powerful painkiller OxyContin for a new use in children 11 to 16 who are suffering from severe, long-term pain. Read more...

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Most Legionnaires' Deaths Tied to Spray From Shower, Faucet

August 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Most deaths from Legionnaires' disease are tied to hospital and nursing home showers, not outdoor cooling towers, new government figures released Thursday show. Read more...

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