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FDA Approves Gilead Sciences Drug for Three Cancers

July 23, 2014 | News | Comments

Regulators approved the drug for patients with forms of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, follicular lymphoma and small lymphocytic lymphoma. The cancers affect an estimated 200,000 patients in the U.S., according to Gilead. The company's tablet, Zydelig, works by blocking signals inside some cancer cells that allow them to grow and survive.

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When Will We Learn?

July 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief | Blogs | Comments

Humans are a strange lot. We are more than willing to believe just about any product claim in the hopes that an easy solution to our problem can be found inside a pill, tablet or liquid.           

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Biogen Idec Second Quarter 2014 Revenues Increase 40%

July 23, 2014 9:18 am | News | Comments

Biogen Idec today reported second quarter 2014 results, including revenue of $2.4 billion, a 40% increase compared to the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter 2014 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $3.49, an increase of 52% over the second quarter of 2013.

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GSK's CEO and CFO Discuss the Company's Second Quarter Results

July 23, 2014 9:13 am | Videos | Comments

GSK CEO Sir Andrew Witty and CFO Simon Dingemans on the group’s Q2 2014 results and strategy update.                         

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Common Hysterectomy Procedure May Spread Uterine Cancer

July 23, 2014 9:02 am | Videos | Comments

A new study is raising questions about a common hysterectomy procedure, power morcellation, that may spread cancer that has not yet been detected.                  

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Government Drafting Birth Control Accommodation

July 23, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.      

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Agents Get Subsidized 'Obamacare' Using Fake IDs

July 23, 2014 8:46 am | News | Comments

Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. The weak link in the system seemed to be call centers that handled applications for thousands of consumers unable to get through online.

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Survey Finds Sharp Increase in Teen Use of HGH

July 23, 2014 8:38 am | by DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey. 

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Judges in Health Care Rulings Vote Party Line

July 23, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. It was the latest illustration that presidents help shape their legacies by stocking the federal bench with judges whose views are more likely to align with their own.

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FDA Designates Dompe’s rhNGF-Based Treatment for Neurotrophic Keratitis Orphan Drug Status

July 23, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The candidate drug, developed by the research of Dompe, has been designated as an orphan drug for the treatment of neurotrophic keratitis, a degenerative corneal disease that affects less than 1 in 5,000 people and is currently without a cure.

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Report: GSK Flu Vaccine Plant Inspection Finds Ten Actionable Issues

July 23, 2014 8:14 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A recent Health Canada inspection of the country's only flu vaccine production plant identified 10 issues that need to be addressed, a report from the regulatory agency reveals. The summary report of the June inspection said none of the problems found poses a critical risk to public health, but seven fall into the major observation category.

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FDA Approves Eagle Pharmaceuticals’ Ryanodex®

July 23, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

Eagle Pharmaceuticals today announced that the FDA has approved Ryanodex® (dantrolene sodium) for injectable suspension indicated for the treatment of malignant hyperthermia (MH), along with the appropriate supportive measures.    

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Shire Enters Strategic Licensing and Collaboration Agreement with ArmaGen

July 23, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Shire and ArmaGen announced a worldwide licensing and collaboration agreement for AGT-182, an investigational enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for the potential treatment of both the central nervous system (CNS) and somatic manifestations in patients with Hunter syndrome (MPS II).

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FDA Warns About Dangers of Caffeine Powder

July 22, 2014 9:10 am | Videos | Comments

The medical alert came after an Ohio teen died from a caffeine overdose days before his high school graduation.                       

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Sanofi Pasteur Begins Shipping Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for Upcoming 2014-2015 Season in United States

July 22, 2014 9:04 am | News | Comments

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today that the first lots of Fluzone (Influenza Vaccine) for the 2014-2015 influenza season have been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for distribution.   

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How Inversion Deals Help Drug Makers Save on Taxes

July 22, 2014 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

Drug companies and medical device makers are making multi-billion-dollar merger deals to avoid high U.S. corporate taxes. How do so-called "inversion deals" work?               

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