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Novel rapid diagnostic test and shorter treatment with better outcomes may benefit MDR-TB patients

Novel rapid diagnostic test and shorter treatment with better outcomes may benefit MDR-TB patients

New WHO recommendations aim to speed up detection and improve treatment outcomes for multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through use of a novel rapid diagnostic test and a shorter, cheaper treatment regimen. [More]
Researchers document accuracy of new tests for rapid diagnosis of drug-resistant forms of TB

Researchers document accuracy of new tests for rapid diagnosis of drug-resistant forms of TB

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the accuracy of three new tests for more rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB), which are much harder and more expensive to treat and which, experts say, represent a major threat to global public health. [More]
Nektar receives $40 million cash payment from first commercial sale of MOVENTIG (naloxegol)

Nektar receives $40 million cash payment from first commercial sale of MOVENTIG (naloxegol)

Nektar Therapeutics announced today that it has received a $40 million cash payment under a license agreement with AstraZeneca. The payment was triggered by the first commercial sale of MOVENTIG (naloxegol) in Germany. [More]
New TB-Profiler tool to find appropriate drugs for TB patients may improve likelihood of cure

New TB-Profiler tool to find appropriate drugs for TB patients may improve likelihood of cure

Finding out what drugs can be used to treat a patient with tuberculosis (TB) can be sped up by days or weeks, thanks to a new free online tool. The new TB-Profiler tool, developed by a team of scientists led by Dr Taane Clark at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, analyses and interprets genome sequence data to predict resistance to 11 drugs used for the treatment of TB. [More]
Bayer's Amikacin Inhale and Ciprofloxacin DPI receive QIDP designation from FDA

Bayer's Amikacin Inhale and Ciprofloxacin DPI receive QIDP designation from FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted qualified infectious disease product (QIDP) designation to two Bayer investigational agents, Amikacin Inhale and Ciprofloxacin Dry Powder for Inhalation (DPI). [More]
MOVANTIK tablets get FDA approval for treatment of OIC in patients with chronic, non-cancer pain

MOVANTIK tablets get FDA approval for treatment of OIC in patients with chronic, non-cancer pain

Nektar Therapeutics reported today that partner AstraZeneca today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved MOVANTIK (naloxegol) tablets as the first once-daily oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist (PAMORA) medication for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC), in adult patients with chronic, non-cancer pain. [More]
Researchers report that predominant CA-MRSA strain migrated from sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers report that predominant CA-MRSA strain migrated from sub-Saharan Africa

The predominant strain of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, a team of international researchers reported this week in mBio-, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. [More]
Nektar reports etirinotecan pegol Phase 2 study results in patients with Avastin-refractory high-grade glioma

Nektar reports etirinotecan pegol Phase 2 study results in patients with Avastin-refractory high-grade glioma

Nektar Therapeutics announced today new data from an investigator-sponsored Phase 2 study of NKTR-102 (etirinotecan pegol) in patients with Avastin-refractory high-grade glioma conducted at Stanford Cancer Institute under the direction of Lawrence Recht, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, with co-investigator Seema Nagpal, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine. [More]
Insmed reports results from ARIKAYCE phase 2 trial for treatment resistant NTM lung infections

Insmed reports results from ARIKAYCE phase 2 trial for treatment resistant NTM lung infections

Insmed Incorporated today reported results from the Company's phase 2 clinical trial of ARIKAYCETM, or liposomal amikacin for inhalation, for the treatment of patients with treatment resistant nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infections. [More]
Three rapid diagnostic tests could be used to diagnose drug resistance in TB

Three rapid diagnostic tests could be used to diagnose drug resistance in TB

Results of a new study suggest that three new diagnostic tests could each be used to successfully diagnose drug resistance in tuberculosis (TB) patients in a quarter of the time taken by the current method. [More]
Nektar completes enrollment in NKTR-102 BEACON trial in patients with metastatic breast cancer

Nektar completes enrollment in NKTR-102 BEACON trial in patients with metastatic breast cancer

Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) today announced that enrollment is complete in the pivotal clinical study of etirinotecan pegol (NKTR-102) in patients with metastatic breast cancer. [More]
Patient enrollment underway in Phase III trial program to evaluate amikacin inhalation solution

Patient enrollment underway in Phase III trial program to evaluate amikacin inhalation solution

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced today that patient enrollment is underway in its global Phase III trial program to evaluate the efficacy and safety of adjunctive aerosolized BAY41-6551 versus aerosolized placebo in the treatment of intubated and mechanically ventilated patients with Gram-negative pneumonia receiving standard of care intravenous antibiotics. [More]
Specific therapy may cut pneumonia mortality in HIV babies

Specific therapy may cut pneumonia mortality in HIV babies

The high mortality rate associated with acute severe pneumonia-related respiratory failure in infants exposed to or infected with HIV can be reduced to 30% if a treatment plan involving antibiotics, ventilation, and fluid restriction is used, researchers report. [More]
New approach can design antibiotics that kill even 'superbugs'

New approach can design antibiotics that kill even 'superbugs'

The world needs new antibiotics to overcome the ever increasing resistance of disease-causing bacteria - but it doesn't need the side effect that comes with some of the most powerful ones now available: hearing loss. Today, researchers report they have developed a new approach to designing antibiotics that kill even "superbugs" but spare the delicate sensory cells of the inner ear. [More]
Insmed initiates patient screening for ARIKACE phase 2 NTM lung disease trial

Insmed initiates patient screening for ARIKACE phase 2 NTM lung disease trial

Insmed Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has begun screening patients for its U.S. phase 2 clinical trial, Treatment with ARIKACE to Realize Greater Efficacy Trial (TARGET-NTM), of ARIKACE (liposomal amikacin for inhalation) in patients with non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease. [More]

Insmed fourth quarter revenues increase to $1.4 million

Insmed Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company, today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. [More]
Insmed third quarter revenues decrease to $0.4 million

Insmed third quarter revenues decrease to $0.4 million

Insmed Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company, today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine-months ended September 30, 2011. [More]

Insmed second quarter revenues decrease to $1.0 million

Insmed Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company, today reported results for the second quarter and six-months ended June 30, 2011. [More]

Insmed receives FDA clinical hold order for ARIKACE phase 3 trials in CF and NTM

Insmed Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified the Company that the agency has placed a clinical hold on Insmed's phase 3 clinical trials for ARIKACE in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients with Pseudomonas lung infections and patients with non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease. [More]

Insmed first quarter revenues decrease to $1.6 million

Insmed Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. [More]
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