Archived Medical News Stories

RSSArchived Pharmaceutical News Stories - May 2009

Date Title Comments Rating
2009-05-28 States consider scaling back funding for Medicare drug benefit amid economic crisis 0 4
2009-05-28 FDA approves Besivance as a treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis 0 3
2009-05-27 Sanofi Pasteur receives seed virus to produce new H1N1 vaccine 0 4
2009-05-27 Dementia drugs Aricept, Exelon and Reminyl may put some patients at risk 3 5
2009-05-27 FDA grants full approval for Sprycel (dasatinib) for chronic myeloid leukemia 0 None
2009-05-26 ImmunoVaccine Technologies partners with FIT Biotech to advance therapeutic HIV vaccine 0 None
2009-05-25 Development of innovative nanotechnology drug delivery system for the treatment of pain 1 None
2009-05-22 FDA approves Samsca (tolvaptan) to treat hyponatremia 0 4.5
2009-05-22 Comparison key to lower drug costs, better outcomes 2 None
2009-05-20 Comparative effectiveness necessary to weigh new drugs against old ones, opinion piece says 1 None
2009-05-20 Vermont Legislature passes law regulating all drug/device company marketing, requiring disclosure of gifts to doctors 0 None
2009-05-20 Genentech and Biogen Idec submit applications to FDA for Rituxan in chronic lymphocytic leukemia 0 None
2009-05-19 Cancer Research UK and Glaxosmithkline join forces to trial new anti-cancer drug 0 None
2009-05-19 Sixteen States, DOJ join whistle-blower lawsuits alleging Wyeth defrauded Medicaid programs 0 None
2009-05-19 New flu compound 0 5
2009-05-18 Biovail acquires worldwide rights to Tetrabenazine 0 None
2009-05-18 A.P. Pharma submits NDA for APF530 in chemo-induced nausea and vomiting 0 None
2009-05-18 Rituximab linked to viral brain infection 0 None
2009-05-18 Oxford BioTherapeutics and GSK form alliance to develop cancer therapeutic antibodies 0 None
2009-05-17 Onyx Pharmaceuticals files complaint against Bayer on fluoro-sorafenib 0 None
2009-05-15 Washington State drops budget provision that would have cut Medicaid pharmacy payments 0 None
2009-05-15 Pfizer to give away 70 of its most widely prescribed drugs to those who lost jobs 0 5
2009-05-15 Morphine patches create addiction 7 3.4
2009-05-14 Prescription drug use dropped in 2008, though spending increased, Medco Research indicates 0 None
2009-05-13 Cimzia approved in U.S. for rheumatoid arthritis 0 2.7
2009-05-13 Baylor Research Institute receives multi-million dollar grant to develop flu vaccine 0 5
2009-05-13 FDA accepts Pharmaxis’ Aridol NDA for review 0 None
2009-05-13 Independent pharmacists raise concerns over letters from CVS Caremark indicating members must pay higher copayments at non-CVS pharmacies 0 None
2009-05-12 GlaxoSmithKline to acquire 16% shareholding in Aspen Pharmacare 0 None
2009-05-12 Sinobiopharma announces Chinese approval of Perindopril 0 None
2009-05-12 Sanofi-aventis to acquire Oforta, oral chronic lymphocytic leukemia treatment 0 None
2009-05-08 FDA approves Samsca tablets (tolvaptan) to treat hyponatremia 0 None
2009-05-08 FDA approves Besivance for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis 0 None
2009-05-07 FDA approves Avastin (bevacizumab) for treatment of glioblastoma multiforme 0 None
2009-05-07 Study reveals current multi-component vaccines may need reworking 0 None
2009-05-07 FDA approves Creon (pancrelipase) - designed to help those with cystic fibrosis 0 None
2009-05-07 Safety concerns over testosterone gel prompt FDA to require label changes 0 None
2009-05-07 FDA licenses Sanofi Pasteur's new flu vaccine manufacturing facility 0 None
2009-05-07 FDA approve Fanapt tablets (iloperidone) to treat adults with schizophrenia 0 None
2009-05-06 Healthcare providers should explain vaccine refusal risks 0 None
2009-05-06 FDA approves new flu vaccine production facility 0 None
2009-05-06 GSK to divest U.S. rights for Wellbutrin XL to Biovail 0 None
2009-05-06 Panic buying of flu drug results in rationing 1 None
2009-05-06 IBM and University of Texas Medical Branch launch effort to find flu drug treatments 0 None
2009-05-05 New antidepressants might be no more effective than the best existing drugs 1 3
2009-05-05 Off-label uses of drugs should be approved for very ill patients, opinion piece states 0 None
2009-05-05 Mental health prescriptions increased by 73% among adults, 50% among children from 1996-2006 0 None
2009-05-05 Medicare will not pay for genetic tests to determine best Warfarin dosage, according to proposed decision 0 None
2009-05-05 Competition among pharmacies could spur change in industry 0 None
2009-05-04 New, more effective and less costly method for testing drugs for potential toxicity 0 None


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