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Redwood Pharma signs licensing agreement with Broda Technologies for hydrogel drug delivery technology

Redwood Pharma AB has entered into a licensing agreement with Broda Technologies Co., Ltd., operating in both the US and China, to use the company's proprietary IntelliGel supramolecular hydrogel technology in its lead chronic Dry Eye therapeutic currently under development and other ophthalmic therapies. [More]
Study: New test may help predict effectiveness of biologic drugs in RA patients

Study: New test may help predict effectiveness of biologic drugs in RA patients

A study of 311 patients by The University of Manchester has found that it may be possible to predict early which rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients will fail to respond to the biologic drugs given to treat them. [More]
Boehringer Ingelheim’s Spiolto Respimat approved for COPD treatment in first European countries

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Spiolto Respimat approved for COPD treatment in first European countries

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced regulatory authority approvals for Spiolto Respimat (tiotropium/olodaterol) in first European countries. Spiolto Respimat is a once-daily maintenance treatment to relieve symptoms in adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). [More]
Creating more effective vaccines against flu virus

Creating more effective vaccines against flu virus

Flu vaccines can be something of a shot in the dark. Not only must they be given yearly, there's no guarantee the strains against which they protect will be the ones circulating once the season arrives. New research by Rockefeller University scientists and their colleagues suggests it may be possible to harness a previously unknown mechanism within the immune system to create more effective and efficient vaccines against this ever-mutating virus. [More]
Vitamin B12 supplements offer no benefits for neurological or cognitive function in older people

Vitamin B12 supplements offer no benefits for neurological or cognitive function in older people

Vitamin B12 supplements offer no benefits for neurological or cognitive function in older people with moderate vitamin B12 deficiency, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. [More]
Research finding could lead to first effective therapies, vaccines against dengue virus

Research finding could lead to first effective therapies, vaccines against dengue virus

Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the National University of Singapore have determined the structure of a human monoclonal antibody which, in an animal model, strongly neutralizes a type of the potentially lethal dengue virus. [More]
Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir combination approved for hepatitis C treatment does not require antiviral drug

Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir combination approved for hepatitis C treatment does not require antiviral drug

The drug approved to treat patients infected with the hepatitis C virus needs no help from other antivirals, according to a study released online this week in the journal Hepatology. [More]
Galderma obtains FDA approval for Restylane Lyft to restore structure to the cheeks and midface area

Galderma obtains FDA approval for Restylane Lyft to restore structure to the cheeks and midface area

Galderma, a global healthcare company focused on skin health, announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to market Restylane Lyft for cheek augmentation and the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. [More]
Using multiple pharmacies to fill prescriptions associated with opioid overdoses

Using multiple pharmacies to fill prescriptions associated with opioid overdoses

A study conducted in the state of Washington and reported in The Journal of Pain showed that almost half of deaths attributed to prescription opioids were Medicaid recipients, and using multiple pharmacies to fill prescriptions is linked with opioid overdoses. [More]
1 in 4 people with histories of nicotine use, substance abuse likely to use opioid painkillers long-term

1 in 4 people with histories of nicotine use, substance abuse likely to use opioid painkillers long-term

Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco use and substance abuse were likeliest to use opioid painkillers long-term. [More]
Educational messages about naloxone's lifesaving benefits can bolster support for its use

Educational messages about naloxone's lifesaving benefits can bolster support for its use

While most Americans do not support policies designed to increase distribution of naloxone - a medication that reverses the effects of a drug overdose - certain types of educational messages about its lifesaving benefits may bolster support for its use, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. [More]
St John's Wort may cause same adverse reactions as antidepressants

St John's Wort may cause same adverse reactions as antidepressants

St John's Wort can produce the same adverse reactions as antidepressants, and serious side effects can occur when the two are taken together, according to new University of Adelaide research. [More]
Study identifies trends in use of antipsychotic medications in young people in the U.S.

Study identifies trends in use of antipsychotic medications in young people in the U.S.

Despite concerns that use of antipsychotic medications in treating young people has increased, use actually declined between 2006 and 2010 for children ages 12 and under, and increased for adolescents and young adults. [More]

Adis launches new platform to make drug information more accessible

Adis, a leading global provider of drug information, has taken a major step forward in its quest to make expertly written drug information more accessible, with the launch of a new platform AdisInsight. The platform presents a unique, joined-up view of current evidence on drug treatments being developed worldwide - how well they work, how safe they are, who is working on them, and how soon they will be available - in a single database. [More]
CSRO survey reveals rheumatologists have concerns about biosimilars approval process

CSRO survey reveals rheumatologists have concerns about biosimilars approval process

The Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations (CSRO), a nationwide group of state and regional professional rheumatology societies, today released the findings of a national survey of rheumatologists that explored perceptions of biosimilars and the potential impact of these new drugs on patients. [More]
Domainex’s new integrated bioassay service platform accelerates progression of drug discovery projects

Domainex’s new integrated bioassay service platform accelerates progression of drug discovery projects

Domainex Ltd, a private drug discovery service company, today announces that it is launching an integrated bioassay service platform, BioassayBuilder. [More]
Majority of consumers recognize that supplements can help meet nutrient needs

Majority of consumers recognize that supplements can help meet nutrient needs

The vast majority of consumers recognize that multivitamins, calcium and/or vitamin D supplements can help fill nutrient gaps but should not be viewed as replacements for a healthy diet, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). [More]
Concert Pharmaceuticals’ precision deuteration platform can enhance metabolic properties of drugs

Concert Pharmaceuticals’ precision deuteration platform can enhance metabolic properties of drugs

Substituting deuterium for certain hydrogen atoms in molecules has been shown to enhance the metabolic properties of a number of drugs and provides a promising approach to the discovery and development of innovative drug products. [More]
Use of antipsychotic drugs more common in boys than girls, research shows

Use of antipsychotic drugs more common in boys than girls, research shows

Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. [More]
ExeGi Pharma granted product license to sell Visbiome formulation in Canada

ExeGi Pharma granted product license to sell Visbiome formulation in Canada

ExeGi Pharma, a company focused on developing and commercializing live biotherapeutics and probiotic treatments, announced today that it has been granted a product license by the Health Canada Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) to sell Visbiome in Canada. [More]
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