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Aradigm reports record revenue of $4.6M in fourth quarter 2013

Aradigm reports record revenue of $4.6M in fourth quarter 2013

Aradigm Corporation (the "Company") today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. [More]
Cardiologists question FDA recommendations on genetic testing before taking Plavix

Cardiologists question FDA recommendations on genetic testing before taking Plavix

Which antiplatelet medication is best after a coronary stent? The costly and potential life-or-death question lingers after most of the 600,000 angioplasties performed every year in the United States. The answer may lie in your genes, but professional cardiovascular societies and many working cardiologists question the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent recommendation that patients undergo genetic testing before taking Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate). [More]
STSI receives $29M grant to support innovative research on genomics, wireless technology and bioinformatics

STSI receives $29M grant to support innovative research on genomics, wireless technology and bioinformatics

The National Institutes of Health has renewed its prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) with the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) in the amount of $29 million over the next five years to support innovative research in genomics, wireless technology and bioinformatics toward individualizing medicine. [More]

Phase III EINSTEIN trial program: XARELTO reduces risk of DVT and PE

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today a newly published, pooled analysis of the Phase III EINSTEIN trial program, showing XARELTO (rivaroxaban) is as effective as the standard of care in reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in people with symptomatic DVT or PE, while reducing the incidence of major bleeding by 46 percent. [More]
Sanofi, POZEN ink license agreement to commercialize PA8140 and PA32540 tablets in US

Sanofi, POZEN ink license agreement to commercialize PA8140 and PA32540 tablets in US

Sanofi US and POZEN Inc. announced the signing of an exclusive license agreement for the commercialization of POZEN's proprietary, investigational, coordinated-delivery tablets combining immediate-release omeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor, and enteric-coated aspirin in a single tablet ("PA"), PA8140 and PA32540. [More]
Vanderbilt adds genetic screening for drug tacrolimus to PREDICT program

Vanderbilt adds genetic screening for drug tacrolimus to PREDICT program

Vanderbilt has added genetic screening for the drug tacrolimus to its personalize medicine pharmacogenomics program PREDICT. The new drug screening protocol was added following data that shows a single genetic variation largely impacts different dose requirements for patients. [More]
Study shows that PCCs can reverse blood thinning effects of XARELTO in healthy subjects

Study shows that PCCs can reverse blood thinning effects of XARELTO in healthy subjects

Janssen Research & Development, LLC announced today results of an open label, single-center, parallel group study showing that a type of medication called prothrombin complex concentrates can reverse the blood thinning effects of XARELTO (rivaroxaban) in healthy subjects. [More]
Janssen receives complete response letter from FDA for XARELTO sNDA

Janssen receives complete response letter from FDA for XARELTO sNDA

Janssen Research & Development, LLC today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a complete response letter for the supplemental New Drug Application for XARELTO (rivaroxaban) to reduce the risk of stent thrombosis in patients with acute coronary syndrome. [More]

Clinical study shows that clopidogrel not effective in infants with congenital heart diseases

One of the largest clinical trials done in infants with congenital (present at birth) heart diseases, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that the increasingly common practice of using the drug clopidogrel (Plavix-) to reduce shunt-related blood flow issues is not effective in the dose studied. [More]
Study: New genetic marker predicts warfarin dose in African-Americans

Study: New genetic marker predicts warfarin dose in African-Americans

A newfound genetic marker promises to better predict warfarin dose in African-Americans, according to a study published online today in The Lancet. If confirmed in further studies, the finding may help to avert more of the bleeds and blood clots that come when a patient's starting dose misses the drug's narrow safety window. [More]

Study analyzes potential usefulness of new treatment to reopen clogged arteries

Over the past few decades, scientists have developed many devices that can reopen clogged arteries, including angioplasty balloons and metallic stents. [More]

Expiring patents drive drug spending's first time fall

Patient spending on prescription drugs fell in 2012 -- for the first time ever, a new study reports -- due in part to expiring patents on brand-name drugs. [More]

Study highlights cost savings of generic drugs

Consumer Reports offers new analysis that finds not all patients realize they can save big by shopping around for drugs. Meanwhile, two outlets look at insurance coverage issues for couples. [More]

University of Michigan Stroke Program study examines use of tPA in stroke patients

Millions of Americans take aspirin or other drugs every day to reduce their risk of heart attacks or other problems caused by blood clots. [More]
Scientists demonstrate new approach for quickly assembling drug-like compounds

Scientists demonstrate new approach for quickly assembling drug-like compounds

A team of scientists anchored at Yale University has demonstrated a new, highly versatile approach for quickly assembling drug-like compounds, establishing a broad new route to drug discovery and medical treatment. [More]
Better understanding of clotting dynamics in atherosclerosis could lead to more effective drugs

Better understanding of clotting dynamics in atherosclerosis could lead to more effective drugs

The disease atherosclerosis involves the build up of fatty tissue within arterial walls, creating unstable structures known as plaques. These plaques grow until they burst, rupturing the wall and causing the formation of a blood clot within the artery. These clots also grow until they block blood flow; in the case of the coronary artery, this can cause a heart attack. [More]

Most patients taking common blood-thinning drugs may be receiving wrong dosage levels

Cardiology researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute have found that approximately 75 percent of patients taking two common blood-thinning drugs may be receiving the wrong dosage levels, according to a new study. [More]

Scripps Health receives Qualcomm Foundation grant to support digital medicine research projects

Scripps Health announced today that it has been awarded a $3.75 million grant from the Qualcomm Foundation, to be used for the Scripps Translational Science Institute, which was established by Scripps Health in collaboration with various parties to support the development of breakthrough digital technologies designed to revolutionize the practice of medicine. [More]

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi restructure long-term alliance

Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company today announced they have restructured their successful long-term alliance following the loss of exclusivity of Plavix and Avapro/Avalide in many major markets. [More]

Combination of POZEN’s PA32540 and clopidogrel results in greater antiplatelet effects

POZEN Inc., a pharmaceutical company committed to transforming medicine that transforms lives, announced the presentation of Phase 1 data, at the European Society of Cardiologists 2012 Congress, from a study of PA32540, a novel coordinated-delivery tablet of enteric-coated (EC) aspirin (325 mg) and immediate-release (IR) omeprazole (40 mg). [More]