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FDA approves use of Menactra for booster vaccination against meningococcal disease

FDA approves use of Menactra for booster vaccination against meningococcal disease

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved use of Menactra® [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine] for booster vaccination against meningococcal disease in persons 15 years through 55 years of age. [More]
New breast cancer vaccine provides evidence of immunotherapy in preventing disease recurrence

New breast cancer vaccine provides evidence of immunotherapy in preventing disease recurrence

A new breast cancer vaccine candidate, (GP2), provides further evidence of the potential of immunotherapy in preventing disease recurrence. This is especially the case for high-risk patients when it is combined with a powerful immunotherapy drug. [More]
Endo International introduces topical testosterone gel, FORTESTA Gel

Endo International introduces topical testosterone gel, FORTESTA Gel

Endo International plc announced today that it has introduced the first and only generic 2% topical testosterone gel, an authorized generic of FORTESTA® Gel (testosterone gel) CIII. [More]
Non-invasive delivery of drugs for effective pain relief

Non-invasive delivery of drugs for effective pain relief

Individuals who are squeamish about injections or are looking for a way to let collagen penetrate deeper into the skin may soon have a solution that is faster, more effective and painless. [More]
New immuno-oncology drug helps body's own immune system to fend off cancer

New immuno-oncology drug helps body's own immune system to fend off cancer

According to an August 25 Reuters report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is likely to approve Merck & Co.'s highly anticipated immuno-oncology drug, pembrolizumab, as a treatment for melanoma well ahead of a late October deadline. [More]
New antifungal drug effective against invasive mold disease in cancer patients with less adverse effects

New antifungal drug effective against invasive mold disease in cancer patients with less adverse effects

A newly developed antifungal, isavuconazole, is as effective as an existing drug, voriconazole, against invasive mold disease in cancer patients with less adverse effects, according to phase 3 clinical data presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, an infectious disease meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. [More]
FDA approves Ferric Citrate for control of serum phosphorus levels in CKD patients on dialysis

FDA approves Ferric Citrate for control of serum phosphorus levels in CKD patients on dialysis

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Ferric Citrate (formerly known as Zerenex) for the control of serum phosphorus levels in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis. [More]
Prana's PBT2 receives FDA Orphan Drug designation for treatment of Huntington disease

Prana's PBT2 receives FDA Orphan Drug designation for treatment of Huntington disease

Prana Biotechnology has today announced the US Food and Drug Administration has granted Orphan Drug designation to PBT2 for the treatment of Huntington Disease. [More]
Mylan releases generic version of Boniva Injection

Mylan releases generic version of Boniva Injection

Mylan Inc. today announced that it has launched Ibandronate Sodium Injection, 1 mg (base)/mL, packaged in 3 mg (base)/3 mL pre-filled glass syringes, which is the generic version of Hoffmann-La Roche's Boniva Injection. [More]
Short-term use of DPP-4 inhibitors does not increase risk for pancreatic cancer

Short-term use of DPP-4 inhibitors does not increase risk for pancreatic cancer

Researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine have found that a popular class of diabetes medications called DPP-4 inhibitors does not increase the short-term risk of pancreatic cancer, as was previously reported by other researchers. [More]
Keytruda drug gets FDA approval for treatment of advanced melanoma

Keytruda drug gets FDA approval for treatment of advanced melanoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new immunotherapy drug to treat advanced melanoma, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadly skin cancer is treated. [More]
FDA provides QIDP designation to Debiopharm’s Debio 1450 for treatment of ABSSSI

FDA provides QIDP designation to Debiopharm’s Debio 1450 for treatment of ABSSSI

Debiopharm Group™(Debiopharm), a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical company developing prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs including anti-infective and oncology therapeutics as well as companion diagnostics, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated its anti-infectious agent Debio 1450 as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). [More]

Nosopharm reports findings on Odilorhabdins that has potential to combat antibiotic resistance

Nosopharm, a specialist in the research and development of new anti-infective drugs, announces today its in vitro and in vivo findings for a novel antibacterial class, Odilorhabdins, which has the potential to combat antibiotic resistance. [More]
Bristol-Myers Squibb launches Daklinza in the UK for treatment of chronic hepatitis C

Bristol-Myers Squibb launches Daklinza in the UK for treatment of chronic hepatitis C

Bristol-Myers Squibb today announced the launch of Daklinza▼ (daclatasvir) in the UK, a new medicine for the treatment of adult patients with chronic hepatitis C. Daclatasvir, a treatment that works across multiple hepatitis C genotypes, will allow up to 90% of UK patients the option of a potentially curative oral treatment regimen that does not include interferon, a standard of care commonly associated with sustained flu-like side effects. [More]
E-cigarettes may function as "gateway drug" to marijuana and cocaine

E-cigarettes may function as "gateway drug" to marijuana and cocaine

Like conventional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) may function as a "gateway drug"—a drug that lowers the threshold for addiction to other substances, such as marijuana and cocaine—according to the 120th Shattuck lecture, presented to the Massachusetts Medical Society by Columbia researchers Denise and Eric Kandel and published today in the online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
Researcher discovers that aspirin prevents first attack

Researcher discovers that aspirin prevents first attack

The first researcher in the world to discover that aspirin prevents a first attack, Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., the first Sir Richard Doll professor and senior academic advisor to the dean in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, has published a comprehensive review in the current issue of the journal Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine. [More]
Infinity and AbbVie enter into global collaboration to develop and commercialize duvelisib

Infinity and AbbVie enter into global collaboration to develop and commercialize duvelisib

Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and AbbVie Inc. today announced that they have entered into a global collaboration to develop and commercialize duvelisib (IPI-145), Infinity's oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)-delta and PI3K-gamma, for the treatment of patients with cancer. [More]
Teens and young adults face high risk from opioid-involved overdose

Teens and young adults face high risk from opioid-involved overdose

The prevalence of opioid-involved overdoses has become an increasing concern to health officials both in NYC and nationally. [More]
No added benefit determined from Mirabegron for mortality, morbidity and quality of life

No added benefit determined from Mirabegron for mortality, morbidity and quality of life

Mirabegron (trade name: Betmiga) has been approved since December 2012 for the treatment of adults with overactive bladder. [More]
Novel polypill increases patient adherence to treatment following heart attack

Novel polypill increases patient adherence to treatment following heart attack

New research shows a novel polypill increases patient adherence to treatment following a myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attack, according to new study results reported at the European Society of Cardiology's ESC Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. [More]