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Researcher Who Faked HIV Vaccine Gets Prison Term, Millions in Fines

July 2, 2015 10:56 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A scientist who faked results of an experimental HIV vaccine in rabbits to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough was sentenced to more than 4 years in prison and $7 million in fines by a federal judge, authorities announced. Read more...

National Study Finds Life-Threatening Barriers in Access to Breakthrough Drugs

June 30, 2015 12:16 pm | by Lifespan | News | Comments

Most states violate federal Medicaid law because they deny coverage for sofosbuvir, a new and...

California Vaccine Bill Clears Legislative Hurdle

June 26, 2015 10:43 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A split California Assembly approved a bill that would require nearly all public school kids to...

Breast Cancer Paper to Be Retracted– 3 Years After False Data Exposed

June 26, 2015 8:31 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An academic paper that outlined how breast cancer molecules metastasize will be retracted next...

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Western Oncolytics Closes $2.5M Series A to Advance Cancer Immunotherapy

June 22, 2015 1:48 pm | News | Comments

Western Oncolytics, a cutting-edge biotechnology company developing a best-in-class oncolytic immunotherapy, has completed a $2.5 million Series A round of funding. Read more...

Merck Biochemist Arrested, Charged with Running GHB Lab in His Home

June 22, 2015 1:11 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A senior biochemist at Merck was arrested last week and charged with running a drug lab at his home, authorities announced. Read more...

NIH Funding to Increase $1.1 B – But Popular Agency is Eliminated

June 19, 2015 11:48 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health would get an additional $1.1 billion in next year’s budget, while eliminating a popular agency, according to a House appropriations bill released this week. Read more...


U.S. Agrees to Pay Millions for Agent Orange Claims

June 19, 2015 10:46 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ending years of wait, the government agreed Thursday to provide disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War. Read more...

New EU Post-Marketing Study Requirements for Vaccines: An Update

June 18, 2015 8:58 am | by Priscilla Velentgas, senior director of epidemiology, Quintiles Real-World and Late Phase Research; Ombretta Palucci, senior director, Real-World Evidence Strategy Unit, Quintiles Real-World and Late Phase Research | Articles | Comments

Under new draft guidance from the EMA, post-marketing studies of safety and effectiveness are required to be launched for seasonal influenza vaccines shortly after the beginning of the vaccination campaign each year. Based on this guidance, biopharma companies must take into account various operational, statistical and epidemiological elements in the planning of annual enhanced safety surveillance efforts. Read more...

Allergan to Acquire Kythera Biopharmaceuticals

June 17, 2015 8:53 am | News | Comments

This purchase compliments Allergan's existing position in facial aesthetics. Read more...

Mass. Prisoners Sue to Get Hepatitis Treatment

June 15, 2015 12:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two prisoners have sued the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to get access to the latest hepatitis treatments. The two inmates, Emilian Paszko and Jeffrey Fowler, argue that the prison system has been withholding treatment from the estimated 1,500 patients in the Massachusetts state prison system who have hepatitis C. Read more...

Majority of Adults Favor Ban on Powdered Alcohol

June 15, 2015 10:08 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

After this year's legalization of powdered alcohol, some states have already banned it—a move that the majority of the public supports, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Read more..


New System to Detect Patient's Antibiotic Resistance to Take Just 30 Minutes

June 11, 2015 8:44 am | by St. George's University | News | Comments

A new device being developed by medical experts will transform the time it takes to detect antibiotic resistance in patients from several days to just half an hour. Read more...

California Lawmakers Pass Vaccine Bill Amid Emotional Debate

June 10, 2015 1:06 pm | by Julia Horowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

California lawmakers on Tuesday approved a hotly contested bill that would impose one of the strictest vaccination laws in the country, after five hours of highly emotional testimony that brought hundreds of opponents to the Capitol. Read more...

Expert Argues Against Smokescreen on E-cigarette Research

June 10, 2015 8:37 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

A leading Australian substance abuse expert is pleading for moderation in policies on e-cigarettes. Read more...

Are Commercial Conflicts of Interests Justifiable in Medical Journals?

June 3, 2015 11:14 am | News | Comments

A group of former senior editors, writing in The BMJ today, criticise a "seriously flawed and inflammatory attack" by The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on what that journal believes have become overly stringent policies on conflicts of interest. Read more..

CVS Purchase of Omnicare Fits the Long Term Care Trend: Kalorama

May 28, 2015 11:38 am | News | Comments

According to Kalorama Information, CVS Health Corporation's agreement of May 21 to acquire Omnicare for approximately $12.7 billion fits a prevailing trend in the healthcare industry – to seek to benefit from an aging population. Read more...


Scientists Win $2.2 Million to Expand Study of Innovative Obesity Therapy

May 28, 2015 11:33 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been awarded nearly $2.2 million by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance an innovative approach to the treatment of obesity, a serious health problem that affects more than one-third of all Americans. Read more...

Science Funding Bill Passes a Split House, Despite Scientist Opposition

May 22, 2015 9:46 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Competes Reauthorization Act of 2015 was passed by a split House of Representatives Wednesday, amid opposition from a wide swath of the scientific community. The passage also came after hours of negotiations over the bill, which Republicans have said would keep overall federal spending flat. Read more..

E-cigarettes Aren’t Benign, Suggest Recent Studies

May 19, 2015 4:43 pm | by Drug Discovery & Development Staff | News | Comments

A slew of new studies detailed at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference in Denver, Colorado this week are raising concerns about e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs). While the new “drug device” studies are generally ongoing, and so unpublished, their cumulative effect was impactful. Read more...

83% of Parents Want Teens Vaccinated against Meningococcal Disease: U.S. Poll

May 19, 2015 12:21 pm | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline today announced the results of an online consumer poll, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of GSK, of US parents with children ages 16 to 21 years, and young people of the same age range, gauging the knowledge of and attitudes related to meningococcal disease. Read more...

Curing Hepatitis C Could Yield Huge Economic Benefit

May 18, 2015 11:07 am | News | Comments

While a new generation of safer, more effective oral medications to treat hepatitis C patients may cost tens of thousands of dollars for a 12-week regiment, investing in these new therapies could generate savings estimated at more than $3.2 billion annually in the U.S. and five European countries, according to a new study (abstract 228) released at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2015. Read more...

U.S. Court Halts Contentious Law on Contact Lens Price-Fixing

May 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has halted a new Utah law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that could have wide-ranging implications for the industry amid a fight between manufacturers and discount retailers. Read more...

AcelRx Awarded Contract to Advance ARX-04

May 14, 2015 12:44 pm | News | Comments

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of acute pain, today announced it has entered into Contract No. W81XWH-15-C-0046 worth up to $17.0 million, supported by the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Read more...

Out of Breath and Out of Pocket

May 13, 2015 10:06 am | by Jake Miller, Harvard University | News | Comments

After ozone-protecting inhaler ban, asthma patients pay nearly twice as much more per year for inhalers. Read more...

Drugs Found in Fingerprints Using Imaging Mass Spectrometry

May 11, 2015 3:57 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tiny trace amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin can be found on fingerprints using mass spectrometry, according to a new study. The advanced technique can find incredibly small amounts of the narcotics on a fingerprint, the National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers found. Read more...

WHO Adds Hepatitis C, Cancer, TB Drugs to List of Essential Medicines

May 8, 2015 1:40 pm | News | Comments

WHO today published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C, a variety of cancers (including breast cancer and leukaemia) and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), among others. Read more...

Large Numbers of Trial Results Go Unreported; WHO Says “Report Them”

May 8, 2015 8:39 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced what many feel is a strong, long-overdue statement condemning parties who do not report results of clinical trials in a timely way. By one account, more than 30 percent of industry and academic groups in the U.S. have not reported results of their clinical trials for 60 months, plus. The WHO outlined specific, and strict, solutions. Read more...

Advantage for Picture-Based Cigarette Pack Warnings Over Text Warnings

May 7, 2015 10:10 am | by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | News | Comments

Pictures illustrating the dangers of cigarette smoking were more effective at strengthening people’s intentions to quit smoking than text warnings, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis of multiple research studies has found. Read more...

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