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Cyclophosphamide drug can eliminate life-threatening immune response after bone marrow transplants

Cyclophosphamide drug can eliminate life-threatening immune response after bone marrow transplants

Johns Hopkins and other cancer researchers report that a very short course of a chemotherapy drug, called cyclophosphamide, not only can prevent a life-threatening immune response in some bone marrow transplant recipients, but also can eliminate such patients' need for the usual six months of immune suppression medicines commonly prescribed to prevent severe forms of this immune response. [More]
Two randomized trials examine new vaccination strategies for avian influenza

Two randomized trials examine new vaccination strategies for avian influenza

Two randomized trials in the October 8 issue of JAMA examine new vaccination strategies for the prevention and control of avian influenza, often referred to as "bird flu." This is a theme issue on infectious disease. [More]
Pinnacle initiates pivotal Phase 3 trial in Germany for rare form of bile duct cancer

Pinnacle initiates pivotal Phase 3 trial in Germany for rare form of bile duct cancer

Pinnacle Biologics, Inc., a subsidiary of Concordia Healthcare Corp., announced today the initiation of the pivotal Phase 3 trial (OPUS) in Germany for a rare form of bile duct cancer for which there is currently no acceptable therapy. [More]
Acacia Pharma reports positive results from APD421 Phase 3 studies for management of PONV

Acacia Pharma reports positive results from APD421 Phase 3 studies for management of PONV

Acacia Pharma announces positive Phase 3 results with APD421 for the management of post-operative nausea & vomiting (PONV). The data generated demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in the incidence of PONV with APD421 compared to placebo in adult surgical patients at moderate to high risk of suffering PONV (PONV is defined as any episode of emesis or use of antiemetic rescue medication in the first 24 hours after surgery). [More]
AfriCoLeish launches Phase III clinical study to test 2 treatments for HIV-VL co-infected patients

AfriCoLeish launches Phase III clinical study to test 2 treatments for HIV-VL co-infected patients

The international research & development (R&D) consortium, AfriCoLeish, formed by six research organizations from East Africa and Europe, has launched a Phase III clinical study to address the extreme difficulty in treating visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in patients who also are HIV-positive. [More]
CTRC researcher receives special $1.62 million orphan disease grant from FDA

CTRC researcher receives special $1.62 million orphan disease grant from FDA

A researcher at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center is the leader on a study receiving a special $1.62 million orphan disease grant from the Food & Drug Administration. [More]

Eli Lilly to discontinue development of tabalumab due to insufficient efficacy in Phase 3 Lupus trials

Eli Lilly and Company announced today it will discontinue development of tabalumab­ -- being studied for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, commonly known as lupus) -- due to insufficient efficacy in two pivotal Phase 3 trials. The decision was not based on safety concerns. ­­­­ [More]
Ardelyx announces positive Phase 2b results for tenapanor in IBS-C patients

Ardelyx announces positive Phase 2b results for tenapanor in IBS-C patients

Ardelyx, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on cardio-renal, gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases, today announced positive results from its 371 patient Phase 2b clinical trial evaluating tenapanor in patients with constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C). [More]
Sanofi, Regeneron report positive Phase 2 study of dupilumab in patients with CSwNP

Sanofi, Regeneron report positive Phase 2 study of dupilumab in patients with CSwNP

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) today announced that a Phase 2a proof-of-concept study of dupilumab, an investigational therapy that blocks IL-4 and IL-13 signaling, met all primary and secondary endpoints in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps (CSwNP) who did not respond to intranasal corticosteroids. [More]
Mymetics' innovative HIV vaccine candidate to enter new preclinical trial

Mymetics' innovative HIV vaccine candidate to enter new preclinical trial

Mymetics Corporation, a pioneer in the research and development of virosome-based vaccines to prevent transmission of human infectious diseases across mucosal membranes, announced today that its innovative HIV vaccine candidate will enter a new preclinical trial to confirm excellent results obtained in a previous trial. [More]
Combination treatment prevents disease progression in patients with advanced melanoma

Combination treatment prevents disease progression in patients with advanced melanoma

New data announced today has demonstrated that combinational treatment of cobimetinib with Zelboraf (vemurafenib), the first personalised medicine to extend life in the first-line setting for over 30 years, in patients with advanced melanoma (BRAFV600 mutation-positive) can prevent disease progression (progression-free survival; PFS) by 9.9 months compared to 6.2 months following treatment of vemurafenib alone. [More]
AZD9291 shows median progression-free survival in patients with EGFRm T790M+ advanced NSCLC

AZD9291 shows median progression-free survival in patients with EGFRm T790M+ advanced NSCLC

Updated data from the ongoing AURA study of AZD9291 shows encouraging, although still immature, median progression free survival of 9.6 months (95% CI 8.3 to NC) in patients with epidermal growth factor receptor mutation positive (EGFRm) T790M+ advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who had disease progression following treatment with an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR TKI). [More]
GSK reports 45% survival rate in phase III study of Tafinlar in BRAF V600E mutant metastatic melanoma

GSK reports 45% survival rate in phase III study of Tafinlar in BRAF V600E mutant metastatic melanoma

GSK today announced updated results for Tafinlar (dabrafenib) from a planned analysis of the phase III BREAK-3 study in 250 patients with BRAF V600E mutant metastatic melanoma. [More]
CytRx begins aldoxorubicin Phase 2b clinical trial in patients with extensive-stage SCLC

CytRx begins aldoxorubicin Phase 2b clinical trial in patients with extensive-stage SCLC

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced the initiation of a global Phase 2b clinical trial evaluating aldoxorubicin compared to topotecan in subjects with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC) who have relapsed or were refractory to prior chemotherapy. [More]
Pemetrexed/docetaxel with cisplatin achieve similar progression-free survival in NSCLC patients

Pemetrexed/docetaxel with cisplatin achieve similar progression-free survival in NSCLC patients

The first direct comparison of treating non-squamous lung cancer with either pemetrexed or docetaxel in addition to cisplatin has shown that the two combinations achieve similar progression-free survival, although docetaxel was associated with more frequent adverse events. [More]
Trastuzumab offers better outcome than lapatinib for HER2-positive breast cancer patients

Trastuzumab offers better outcome than lapatinib for HER2-positive breast cancer patients

Analysis of more than 8,000 women who participated in the world's largest study of two treatments for HER2-positive breast cancer reinforces other findings from the clinical trial showing that trastuzumab (Herceptin) should remain the standard of care for this cancer, says a Mayo Clinic researcher. [More]
Phase 3 COU-AA-302 results show ZYTIGA plus prednisone prolongs overall survival in men with chemotherapy-naive mCRPC

Phase 3 COU-AA-302 results show ZYTIGA plus prednisone prolongs overall survival in men with chemotherapy-naive mCRPC

A final analysis of the Phase 3 COU-AA-302 trial presented today at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain showed that ZYTIGA® (abiraterone acetate) plus prednisone significantly prolonged overall survival (OS), compared to an active control of placebo plus prednisone, in men with chemotherapy-naive metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). [More]
PD-L1 protein could be a potential immunotherapy target for malignant pleural mesothelioma

PD-L1 protein could be a potential immunotherapy target for malignant pleural mesothelioma

Treating patients with high-dose radiotherapy after chemotherapy and surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma does not achieve improvements in local relapse and overall survival, according to data from a prospective randomized phase II trial presented at ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid. [More]
Bausch + Lomb’s sub-micron loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic gel meets primary endpoint

Bausch + Lomb’s sub-micron loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic gel meets primary endpoint

Bausch + Lomb, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX), today announced that its next generation sub-micron gel formulation of loteprednol etabonate was statistically superior to placebo (vehicle gel) in eliminating inflammation and pain following cataract surgery by study day eight, the primary endpoints in the first Phase 3, multi-center, double-masked, vehicle-controlled, parallel-group study. [More]
Pertuzumab combined with trastuzumab and chemotherapy extends lives of HER2-positive breast cancer patients

Pertuzumab combined with trastuzumab and chemotherapy extends lives of HER2-positive breast cancer patients

Patients with HER2-positive breast cancer that has spread to other parts of their body live around 16 months longer if treated with a combination of pertuzumab, trastuzumab and chemotherapy compared to those treated with trastuzumab and chemotherapy alone, updated results from the CLEOPATRA study reveal. [More]