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Rivastigmine (sold under the trade name Exelon) is a parasympathomimetic or cholinergic agent for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer’s type and dementia due to Parkinson's disease. Side effects may include nausea and vomiting. Administration with a transdermal patch has fewer side effects compared to oral. Elimination is through the urine. It has likely relatively few drug-drug interactions.
Investigational drug focuses on slowing Alzheimer's disease progression

Investigational drug focuses on slowing Alzheimer's disease progression

Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease currently have no treatment options to slow brain cell deterioration. Researchers at Houston Methodist's Nantz National Alzheimer Center are studying an investigational drug that proposes to do just that. [More]
Actavis seeks FDA ANDA approval for generic Zubsolv, confirms patent challenge

Actavis seeks FDA ANDA approval for generic Zubsolv, confirms patent challenge

Actavis plc today confirmed that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to market Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride Dihydrate Sublingual Tablets, Eq, 1.4 mg/0.36 mg and 5.7 mg/1.4 mg Base. Actavis' ANDA product is a generic version of Orexo's Zubsolv, which is a partial opioid agonist indicated for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. [More]
Alzheimer's drug pioneer to be awarded Israel Prize for Medicine

Alzheimer's drug pioneer to be awarded Israel Prize for Medicine

Israel's Minister of Education Shai Piron has announced that the Israel Prize for Medicine will be awarded to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin. A professor emeritus at the Hebrew University's School of Pharmacy-Institute for Drug Research in the Faculty of Medicine, Weinstock-Rosin is best known for developing Exelon, a blockbuster drug for the treatment of confusion and dementia related to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. [More]
FDA approves Novartis' Exelon Patch for treatment of severe Alzheimer's disease

FDA approves Novartis' Exelon Patch for treatment of severe Alzheimer's disease

The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approved indication for Exelon Patch (rivastigmine transdermal system) to include the treatment of people with severe Alzheimer's disease with Exelon Patch 13.3mg/24h. [More]
Research findings may pave way to new treatment for Alzheimer's disease in humans

Research findings may pave way to new treatment for Alzheimer's disease in humans

A drug developed by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, known as J147, reverses memory deficits and slows Alzheimer's disease in aged mice following short-term treatment. [More]
Noven Pharmaceuticals files ANDA with FDA for approval of generic version of Exelon

Noven Pharmaceuticals files ANDA with FDA for approval of generic version of Exelon

Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today confirmed that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeking approval to market its rivastigmine transdermal system in 4.6 mg/24 hours and 9.5 mg/24 hours dosage strengths. [More]
FDA approves Novartis’ Exelon Patch to treat mild to moderate AD

FDA approves Novartis’ Exelon Patch to treat mild to moderate AD

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a higher dose of Exelon Patch (rivastigmine transdermal system) for the treatment of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Avraham initiates ladostigil Phase 2 trial in MCI

Avraham initiates ladostigil Phase 2 trial in MCI

Avraham Pharmaceuticals Ltd. announced today the commencement of a Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ladostigil in patients diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. [More]
New drug candidate may halt mental decline of Alzheimer's

New drug candidate may halt mental decline of Alzheimer's

A new drug candidate may be the first capable of halting the devastating mental decline of Alzheimer's disease, based on the findings of a study published today in PLoS one. [More]
Avraham raises $3M to advance ladostigil Phase II Alzheimer's trial

Avraham raises $3M to advance ladostigil Phase II Alzheimer's trial

The drug, ladostigil, is a molecule that combines components from the existing drugs Azilect and Exelon. Teva's Azilect, for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, was developed by Prof. Emeritus Moussa Youdim of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Azilect is the only anti-Parkinson's drug that has proven to have a disease-modifying effect. Novartis's Exelon was developed by Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin of Hebrew University to treat Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Novartis files suit against Watson over generic Exelon

Novartis files suit against Watson over generic Exelon

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today confirmed that its subsidiary, Watson Laboratories, Inc., filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to market rivastigmine transdermal system patches, 4.6 mg/24 hr and 9.5 mg/24 hr. [More]
Dementia needs early diagnosis: Report

Dementia needs early diagnosis: Report

According to a new report sponsored by Alzheimer’s Disease International, nearly three-quarters of the 36 million people living with dementia have not been diagnosed with it. Experts say the lack of diagnosis has enormous repercussions on early treatment and care, and has a direct impact on the disease’s cost to society. [More]
Lilly to halt development of potential Alzheimer's disease drug semagacestat

Lilly to halt development of potential Alzheimer's disease drug semagacestat

Eli Lilly and Company will halt development of semagacestat, a gamma secretase inhibitor being studied as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease, because preliminary results from two ongoing long-term Phase III studies showed it did not slow disease progression and was associated with worsening of clinical measures of cognition and the ability to perform activities of daily living. [More]
Sun Pharma introduces generic rivastigmine capsules in U.S. market

Sun Pharma introduces generic rivastigmine capsules in U.S. market

Sun Pharma announced launch of generic Exelon, rivastigmine tartrate capsules for the US market. Earlier, USFDA had granted final approval for the Company's ANDA to market these products. [More]

Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories commences marketing of rivastigmine tartrate capsules

Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. has started shipping rivastigmine tartrate capsules. These products, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Sun Pharma's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA), are therapeutically equivalent to Exelon® capsules from Novartis. [More]
Watson commences shipment of generic Exelon

Watson commences shipment of generic Exelon

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that, under a settlement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Novartis Pharma AG, Novartis AG, Novartis International Pharmaceutical Ltd., and Proterra AG (collectively "Novartis"), Watson has commenced shipment of a generic version of Exelon® (rivastigmine tartrate) 1.5mg, 3mg, 4.5mg and 6mg capsules. Exelon® is used to treat dementia in people with Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Report on CNS disorders market from Research and Markets

Report on CNS disorders market from Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "The CNS Market Outlook to 2014: Competitive Landscape, Pipeline Analysis and Growth Opportunities" report to their offering. [More]
Neuroimaging technique could help in devising effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease

Neuroimaging technique could help in devising effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease

Scientists have determined that a new instrument known as PIB-PET is effective in detecting deposits of amyloid-beta protein plaques in the brains of living people, and that these deposits are predictive of who will develop Alzheimer's disease. [More]
GEH to create a supply of molybdenum-99 for use in nuclear medicine diagnostic procedures

GEH to create a supply of molybdenum-99 for use in nuclear medicine diagnostic procedures

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced today it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to help develop a U.S. supply of a radioisotope used in more than 20 million diagnostic medical procedures in the United States each year. [More]
GEH, Exelon Generation agree to a landmark deal to deploy GEH’s isotope generation technology

GEH, Exelon Generation agree to a landmark deal to deploy GEH’s isotope generation technology

Seeking to address a growing demand for the domestic and global supply of cobalt-60, a radioisotope used for treating cancer and other biomedical applications, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Exelon Generation Company have agreed to a landmark deal to deploy GEH’s isotope generation technology. [More]