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Ambrisentan cleared for use with phenprocoumon

Ambrisentan cleared for use with phenprocoumon

Starting treatment with ambrisentan does not necessitate adjusting the dose of the oral anticoagulant phenprocoumon in patients with pulmonary hypertension who require both medications, report researchers. [More]
AstraZeneca’s EPANOVA receives FDA approval for treatment of adults with hypertriglyceridemia

AstraZeneca’s EPANOVA receives FDA approval for treatment of adults with hypertriglyceridemia

AstraZeneca today announced the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved EPANOVA (omega-3-carboxylic acids) as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride levels in adults with severe hypertriglyceridemia (triglyceride levels greater than or equal to 500 mg/dL). [More]
FDA approves Alexion’s Soliris drug for treatment of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome

FDA approves Alexion’s Soliris drug for treatment of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Company's supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) providing regular approval for Soliris® (eculizumab) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) to inhibit complement-mediated thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). [More]
Armetheon reaches agreement with FDA on SPA for final pivotal trial of tecarfarin

Armetheon reaches agreement with FDA on SPA for final pivotal trial of tecarfarin

Armetheon, Inc., today announced that it has reached agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) for the final pivotal trial of tecarfarin. [More]
Biomedical engineer develops highly innovative technology to make blood transfusions safer

Biomedical engineer develops highly innovative technology to make blood transfusions safer

A biomedical engineer at the University of Houston (UH) is working to develop highly innovative technology to make blood transfusions safer. His work is supported by a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). [More]
Alexion Pharmaceuticals obtains orphan drug designation from EC for Soliris

Alexion Pharmaceuticals obtains orphan drug designation from EC for Soliris

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the European Commission has granted an orphan drug designation (ODD) to Soliris (eculizumab), a first-in-class terminal complement inhibitor, for the prevention of graft rejection following solid organ transplantation. Graft rejection can cause severe injury to the transplanted organ and is a significant barrier to successful transplantation. [More]
Johnson & Johnson's sales increase 3.5% to $18.1 billion in first quarter 2014

Johnson & Johnson's sales increase 3.5% to $18.1 billion in first quarter 2014

Johnson & Johnson today announced sales of $18.1 billion for the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 3.5% as compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operational results increased 5.3% and the negative impact of currency was 1.8%. Domestic sales increased 2.2%. International sales increased 4.5%, reflecting operational growth of 7.9% and a negative currency impact of 3.4%. [More]
Janssen submits supplemental New Drug Application for IMBRUVICA to the U.S. FDA

Janssen submits supplemental New Drug Application for IMBRUVICA to the U.S. FDA

Janssen Research & Development, LLC ("Janssen") today announced the submission of a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for IMBRUVICA™ (ibrutinib) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by its collaboration partner Pharmacyclics, Inc. [More]
Pradaxa receives FDA approval for treatment and reduction of risk of recurrence of DVT and PE

Pradaxa receives FDA approval for treatment and reduction of risk of recurrence of DVT and PE

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients who have been treated with a parenteral anticoagulant for five to 10 days, and to reduce the risk of recurrent DVT and PE in patients who have been previously treated. DVT and PE are collectively referred to as venous thromboembolism (VTE). [More]
Perioperative aspirin increases risk of serious bleeding after non-heart-related surgery

Perioperative aspirin increases risk of serious bleeding after non-heart-related surgery

​Patients given aspirin to prevent heart problems after non-heart-related surgery had a higher risk of serious bleeding than the patients who did not receive aspirin. [More]
rEVO Biologics commences ATryn Phase 3 clinical program for treatment of preeclampsia in pregnant women

rEVO Biologics commences ATryn Phase 3 clinical program for treatment of preeclampsia in pregnant women

rEVO Biologics Inc., a subsidiary of LFB SA, today announced the initiation of the Phase 3 clinical program for ATryn for the treatment of preeclampsia in pregnant women during the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy. [More]
Enrollment commences for Daiichi Sankyo's ENSURE-AF multinational phase 3 study in NVAF patients

Enrollment commences for Daiichi Sankyo's ENSURE-AF multinational phase 3 study in NVAF patients

Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited today announced that it has started enrolling patients into the ENSURE-AF multinational phase 3 study, which will evaluate the efficacy and safety of its investigational oral, once-daily direct factor Xa-inhibitor edoxaban compared to enoxaparin/warfarin for the prevention of stroke and other blood clot complications in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) undergoing electrical cardioversion (low-energy shocks to trigger normal heart rhythm). [More]
Poor blood pressure control increases stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation

Poor blood pressure control increases stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation

Poor blood pressure control among patients with atrial fibrillation is associated with a 50-percent increased risk of stroke, according to an analysis presented by Duke Medicine researchers. [More]
Genetic testing could help determine drug dosage, reduce side effects

Genetic testing could help determine drug dosage, reduce side effects

Usually pharmaceutical companies determine the drug dosage just as a mean value. This amount may be too much for patients who absorb the substance faster, and too little for those with a slower metabolism. [More]

New case study reveals how to safely switch between anticoagulants for stroke prevention

With the availability of newer oral anticoagulants, the latest online case study from NPS MedicineWise helps health professionals navigate this changing area and understand the range of treatment options for managing stroke prevention in people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. [More]
ATS develops clinical practice guidelines to help clinicians identify, manage patients with sickle cell disease

ATS develops clinical practice guidelines to help clinicians identify, manage patients with sickle cell disease

The American Thoracic Society has developed clinical practice guidelines to help clinicians identify and manage patients with sickle cell disease who are at increased risk for mortality from pulmonary hypertension. [More]
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer announce FDA approval of Eliquis for DVT prophylaxis

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer announce FDA approval of Eliquis for DVT prophylaxis

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Eliquis (apixaban) for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which may lead to pulmonary embolism (PE), in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. [More]
Statins combined with conventional blood clot prevention therapies, reduce VTE risk by 48%

Statins combined with conventional blood clot prevention therapies, reduce VTE risk by 48%

Statins have long been known to lower cholesterol and, more recently, to decrease the risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) in healthy, non-surgical patients. [More]
Regado receives Fast Track designation from FDA for REG1

Regado receives Fast Track designation from FDA for REG1

Regado Biosciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of actively controllable therapeutics, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration has designated REG1 for anticoagulant therapy to be used in patients with coronary artery disease during percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) as a Fast Track development program. [More]
New optical device may help docs to diagnose blood coagulation status in near real time

New optical device may help docs to diagnose blood coagulation status in near real time

​Defective blood coagulation is one of the leading causes of preventable death in patients who have suffered trauma or undergone surgery. The body's natural defense against severe blood loss is the clotting process, in which platelets, plasma proteins, and other blood components interact to form a sticky, mesh-like structure. [More]