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New Model for Parkinson's Disease

June 27, 2012 11:31 am | News | Comments

Researchers have detailed animal experiments showing how misfolded proteins travel from sick to healthy cells spreading Parkinson's disease through the brain.


Siemens Opens Factory Outside Chicago

June 27, 2012 11:24 am | News | Comments

Siemens Healthcare opened a refurbished systems factory in Wood Dale, Ill. The facility will refurbish a broad array of previously owned medical imaging systems.


Watson Pushing for Generic Pristiq

June 27, 2012 11:15 am | News | Comments

Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. is challenging a patent supporting Pfizer Inc.'s antidepressant Pristiq and has requested marketing approval to produce a generic version.


Alexza Files New Marketing Application

June 27, 2012 11:07 am | News | Comments

Alexza Pharmaceuticals Inc. has filed a new marketing application for Adasuve, a drug designed to treat acute agitation caused by schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.


FDA Nears Trokendi Approval

June 27, 2012 11:01 am | News | Comments

Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that regulators have moved closer to granting final approval to its potential epilepsy treatment Trokendi XR.


Suits Filed Against Pain Pill Distributors

June 27, 2012 10:57 am | by Lawrence Messina | News | Comments

West Virginia's attorney general filed lawsuits against 14 drug distributors, alleging their negligent practices have helped fuel the state's pain pill abuse epidemic.


Roche Slashing 1,000 Jobs

June 27, 2012 10:47 am | by Linda A. Johnson | News | Comments

Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG said it will close its former U.S. headquarters, a sprawling facility where the groundbreaking drugs Valium and interferon were invented.


AstraZeneca Granted Buyout Option

June 27, 2012 10:41 am | News | Comments

Drugmakers Merck & Co. and AstraZeneca PLC have amended their U.S. partnership to give AstraZeneca a 2014 buyout option that could cost more than $400 million.


Particle Size Analyzer

June 26, 2012 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The  SALD-2300 laser diffraction particle size analyzer from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments measures wet or dry materials to ensure outstanding product quality in the pharmaceutical space.


Separation Columns

June 26, 2012 12:05 pm | Drug Discovery & Development, Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. expanded its portfolio of Accucore columns with a range of columns for biomolecule separations.


Flow Cytometry Laser

June 26, 2012 11:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

A 561 nm laser option is now available for Gallios flow cytometers from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences. This laser allows researchers to analyze a greater range of fluorescent proteins.


Cholesterol Combo May Be More Effective

June 26, 2012 11:42 am | News | Comments

A study has found that intensive cholesterol therapy involving a combination of drugs for 20 years may be more effective over the long run than taking a single statin medication.


HPV, Sun Can Be Dangerous Mix

June 26, 2012 11:39 am | News | Comments

Researchers have found that having antibodies for cutaneous types of HPV, coupled with sun exposure, can act "synergistically" in the development of skin cancer.


Quotient, Capsugel Begin Formulation Partnership

June 26, 2012 11:17 am | News | Comments

Quotient Clinical and Capsugel have announced a collaboration to enable the rapid development and clinical assessment of lipid-based formulations.


Watson to Become Third-Largest Generic Maker

June 26, 2012 11:04 am | News | Comments

Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. is taking out a $1.8 billion five-year loan to help fund its purchase of Actavis Group. The deal will push Watson to third place on the list of largest generic drugmakers.



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