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Posted today in Pharma Industry News

Monthly News Roundup - June 2015

FDA Approves Antiplatelet Agent Kengreal The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved The Medicines Company’s Kengreal (cangrelor), an intravenous blood thinner (P2Y12 platelet inhibitor) used in patients undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) to reduce the risk of thrombotic events, like heart attack or stent thrombosis, during...

Posted today in Medical

'Novice Driver' Car Decals Don't Cut Crash Rates: Study

Adding decals to the license plates of drivers with learner permits doesn't reduce their rate of crashes, a new study finds. The experimental safety strategy was implemented in New Jersey in 2010 as part of its graduated driver-licensing policy for drivers under 21. Red reflective decals were placed on the license plates of drivers with learner permits...

Posted today in Medical

1 in 3 American Adults Owns a Gun, Survey Finds

Guns are owned by nearly one in three Americans. And many of those people are part of a "social gun culture" that includes hunters and gun club members, a new survey finds. "We were not surprised by the degree of gun ownership," said study lead author Bindu Kalesan. "But what is never really emphasized in studies that quantify ownership is how it relates...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Applications

Sarepta Therapeutics Completes NDA Submission to FDA for Eteplirsen

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 29, 2015-- Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT), a developer of innovative RNA-targeted therapeutics, today announced the completion of the rolling submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for eteplirsen on June 26, 2015. Eteplirsen, the Company’s lead drug candidate,...

Posted today in Medical

Health Highlights: June 30, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Calif. Legislature Sends Tough Vaccination Bill to Governor A highly controversial bill that would mandate vaccinations for nearly all children in California public schools was passed on Monday by the state's Senate. It now only requires the signature...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Teach Your 5-Year-Old About Safety

-- By age 5, children begin to realize just how many activities they can participate in. But with many of these newly discovered pursuits comes the danger of injury. So the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you teach your child: Basic bike safety, from wearing a helmet to not riding in the street. Street safety. Show a child where it is...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Get Enough Vitamin D

-- Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium and build stronger bones. To ensure that you're getting enough, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Get some sun, but avoid sunburn. The body naturally converts sunlight into vitamin D. Eat vitamin D-fortified foods, such as milk, cereals, and some forms of orange...

Posted today in Medical

Americans Want Online Access to Doctors, Health Records: Survey

Internet-savvy Americans would like to add their doctors to their group of Facebook "friends" or email contacts. In a new study, researchers analyzed more than 2,250 responses from a national survey of retail pharmacy customers. Many of those surveyed were frequent Facebook users who wanted to be able to contact their doctor about health-related matters...

Posted today in Medical

A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain

People who want to stay sharp as they age often turn to brain teasers, puzzles and games, figuring correctly that they'll lose it if they don't use it. But a healthy body is also key to maintaining a healthy brain, and that's something many people tend to overlook, experts say. "We're just now starting to get people to recognize that eating right...

Posted today in Medical

Too Few Men With Low-Risk Prostate Cancers Get 'Watch and Wait' Approach

A wide majority of U.S. men with low-risk prostate cancer are being treated for the disease even though "active surveillance" is an option, a new report finds. Active surveillance -- or watchful waiting -- is the careful monitoring of prostate cancer for progression of the cancer that would indicate a need for treatment. Men in the Northeast and on...

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Drug Shortages: Has the FDA Response Made an Impact?

Rationing of much needed medications for patients is a scary thought for me as a healthcare professional. I can understand when an orphan drug may go in short supply for a rare disease, but when commonly used medications like antibiotics and intravenous fluids become scarce, I wonder what the forces are that cause this to […]

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Harnessing the Power of the Poliovirus as a Cancer Cure

Polio, a highly infectious and crippling disease, was certainly one of the most feared viruses in the 20th century. Each year, thousands of children were left paralyzed. Polio has been successfully eliminated in the U.S. for decades due to a widespread vaccine program. So why would a group of researchers be interested in injecting the […]

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Biosimilars in 2015: What Can We Expect?

On Friday, March 6th, 2015 the FDA approved Sandoz’s Zarxio, the first official biosimilar that will be made available in the U.S. Zarxio, a recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor used to boost white blood cells after cancer treatments, is the long-awaited biosimilar for filgrastim (Amgen’s Neupogen). The FDA noted in their briefs that Zarxio was “highly […]

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