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Novartis Cites Momentum in 3% Profit Rise

July 17, 2014 2:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Novartis AG says its second-quarter profit rose 3 percent from a year earlier, reflecting solid growth and an increased focus on core products. The Basel-based company reports that profit during the April-June quarter rose to $3.28 billion, up from $3.18 billion in the same quarter of 2013.

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Studies See New Risks for Cholesterol Drug Niacin

July 16, 2014 6:31 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use.  

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Merz North America to Establish Headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina

July 16, 2014 3:42 pm | News | Comments

Merz North America will establish its headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, officials announced today at a press conference with Gov. Pat McCrory. The global pharmaceutical company – part of the Merz Pharma Group, with affiliates in 18 countries around the world – will move operations from current headquarters in Greensboro and from elsewhere in the U.S.

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Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate

July 16, 2014 3:02 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief | Blogs | Comments

Some things just seem to naturally go together – peanut butter and chocolate is one of those combinations – especially in the form of peanut butter cups. Bacon and eggs is another, as is peanut butter and jelly, pizza and beer and numerous other tasty combinations.

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Genentech Alzheimer's Drug Misses Goals in Studies

July 16, 2014 1:45 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

An experimental drug from Genentech failed to slow mental decline in mid-stage studies on more than 500 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, but showed some promise in the least-impaired participants who received a higher dose.  

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Ceiling Mounted Air Filtration Units

July 16, 2014 12:13 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Air Science Usa | Product Releases | Comments

These ceiling mounted filtration units are designed to protect laboratory personnel and the environment in areas where hazardous substances are handled.

FDA Issues Draft Information Sheet Guidance on Informed Consent

July 16, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

This draft guidance is intended to assist IRBs, clinical investigators, and sponsors involved in clinical investigations of FDA-regulated products in carrying out their responsibilities related to informed consent.      

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Aptuit Names Executive VP, Business Development & Marketing; Enhances Sterile Drug Product Capabilities

July 16, 2014 11:33 am | News | Comments

Aptuit LLC has appointed Paul D. Overton, Ph.D., as Executive Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, making him responsible for all of Aptuit’s sales and marketing activities.           

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Strides Arcolab Makes Investments in Oncobiologics

July 16, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

The investment is part of Strides' strategy to fund promising biopharma companies with high quality scientific management and proprietary approaches to developments that confer significant time and cost advantages.      

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Pfizer Survey Reveals 87% of Americans have a Fear of Getting Old (FOGO)

July 16, 2014 11:15 am | News | Comments

Life expectancy continues to climb — up to more than 81 years for women and 76 years for men – but many of us have concerns around aging. Pfizer is challenging Americans to address their #FOGO – Fear of Getting Old – as the next phase of Get Old, an initiative by Pfizer around aging, encouraging honest conversations and celebrating getting “old” at whatever stage of life you are.

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Abbott Second Quarter Profit Falls on Higher Taxes, Revenue Up

July 16, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories said that its second-quarter profit declined 2.1 percent, hampered by higher taxes. Adjusted profit and revenue topped Wall Street expectations, however, and the company boosted its full-year earnings forecast.    

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Pfizer to Acquire InnoPharma

July 16, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

Pfizer and InnoPharma, a privately held pharmaceutical development company, today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Pfizer will acquire InnoPharma. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will acquire InnoPharma for an upfront cash payment of $225 million, with up to $135 million of contingent milestone payments.

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Opinion: Big Government Can Kill You

July 16, 2014 9:06 am | Videos | Comments

Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths Chairman Betsy McCaughey on the CDC’s admission that its scientists mishandled anthrax and deadly flu strains.                  

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GSK and Theravance Initiate Phase III Program for COPD Treatment

July 16, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline and Theravance today announced the start of a global phase III study, known as IMPACT, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the 'closed' triple combination of FF/UMEC/VI in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Study: US Alzheimer's Rate Seems to Be Dropping

July 16, 2014 8:47 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries — good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show.

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