Medicine

Endo International units sue FDA over drug compounding policy

Endo International units sue FDA over drug compounding policy

Published 27/10/2017

Endo International Plc said two units filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of ignoring key components of a law passed after a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to a compounding pharmacy. [more…]

Global measles deaths fall, but elimination goals far off

Global measles deaths fall, but elimination goals far off

Published 26/10/2017

Annual deaths from measles dropped below 100,000 worldwide last year for the first time, to 90,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international agencies said on Thursday. [more…]

Britain backs GSK`s gene therapy for `bubble boy` syndrome

Britain backs GSK`s gene therapy for `bubble boy` syndrome

Published 23/10/2017

GlaxoSmithKline's gene therapy for the so-called "bubble boy" disease was approved by Britain's healthcare cost watchdog NICE, despite a price tag of almost 600,000 euros ($700,000). [more…]

GSK wins U.S. shingles vaccine approval, UK nod for gene therapy

GSK wins U.S. shingles vaccine approval, UK nod for gene therapy

Published 23/10/2017

GlaxoSmithKline has won U.S. approval for a new and improved shingles vaccine, the second of three key products for which the British drugmaker expects approval this year. [more…]

Novartis gets FDA breakthrough status for Tafinlar, Mekinist combination

Novartis gets FDA breakthrough status for Tafinlar, Mekinist combination

Published 23/10/2017

Novartis on Monday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted breakthrough therapy status to the combination of Tafinlar and Mekinist to treat patients with BRAF V600-positive stage III melanoma following surgery. [more…]

Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

Published 21/10/2017

A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. [more…]

Japan`s “Blade Library” offers joy of blade running to amputees

Japan`s “Blade Library” offers joy of blade running to amputees

Published 17/10/2017

Haruta Saito, a young Japanese amputee who dreams of becoming a Paralympian, remembers strapping on a prosthetic "running blade" for the first time. [more…]

Chi-Med, AstraZeneca lung cancer drug shrinks resistant tumors

Chi-Med, AstraZeneca lung cancer drug shrinks resistant tumors

Published 17/10/2017

An experimental cancer drug discovered by Hutchison China MediTech has demonstrated promising activity in shrinking tumors in lung cancer patients whose disease had worsened following treatment with approved medicines. [more…]

Regeneron-Sanofi drug succeeds mid-stage study

Regeneron-Sanofi drug succeeds mid-stage study

Published 16/10/2017

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA said on Monday their drug to treat inflammation in the esophagus, mainly caused by food allergies, met the main goal of a mid-stage study. [more…]

Exelixis drug improves overall survival in liver cancer patients

Exelixis drug improves overall survival in liver cancer patients

Published 16/10/2017

Exelixis Inc's drug to treat a type of liver cancer improved overall survival in patients in a late-stage study that prompted an independent expert group to recommend no further trial, sending the company's shares soaring 31 percent. [more…]