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Contract Manufacturers Unlikely to Benefit from Biosimilars

January 30, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | News | Comments

Contract pharmaceutical manufacturers are unlikely to benefit from the rise of generic biological drugs in the U.S., according to an analysis by PharmSource. The company said large drug companies and those with significant commercialization and manufacturing partnerships are likely to dominate the initial market for those drugs, called biosimilars -- leaving out companies relying on contract manufacturing.

Some Doctors Won't See Patients with Anti-Vaccine Views

January 30, 2015 9:16 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

It's a sentiment echoed by a small number of doctors who in recent years have "fired" patients...

California Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

January 29, 2015 11:22 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press | News | Comments

California health officials have declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be...

Muscular Moves Toward Custom Medicine

January 29, 2015 10:32 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists at Duke University say they’ve created the first lab-grown human skeletal muscles...

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New Link Between Household Chemicals and Early Menopause

January 29, 2015 10:22 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers say that common household chemicals found in cosmetics and plastics could accelerate menopause in women by up to four years.                    

Arizona Monitoring Hundreds for Measles Linked to Disneyland

January 29, 2015 8:36 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California's Disney parks is at risk of increasing dramatically in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people, including nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area medical center.

Study: Insurers May Be Using Drug Costs to Discriminate

January 29, 2015 8:20 am | by KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday. 

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Alexion Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

January 29, 2015 8:02 am | News | Comments

Alexion Pharmaceuticals announced that its Board of Directors has appointed David L. Hallal as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective April 1, 2015. Mr. Hallal currently serves as Alexion’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is a Director of the Board.

American Glovebox Society Announces Annual Conference

January 28, 2015 11:39 am | News | Comments

The American Glovebox Society (AGS) Annual Conference will be held July 27-29, 2015 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego.  The Conference features glovebox/isolator training with an emphasis on equipment integration including design - ergonomics - fabrication - safety - protection; interactive case study, technical sessions, exhibits, and more.

Tau-Based Vaccines Could Transform Early Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment, Says GlobalData Analyst

January 28, 2015 9:02 am | News | Comments

While current treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) are only able to ease symptoms temporarily, tau-based vaccines may offer a new and more effective way to treat AD in the early course of the disease, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

More Kids Get Vaccinated Amid Measles Outbreak Fears

January 28, 2015 8:35 am | Videos | Comments

Illinois health officials are looking into whether a case of measles can be traced to Disneyland. So far, at least 88 people in eight states have been infected.               

Surgeon General: 'Desperate Need of Clarity' on e-Cigarettes

January 27, 2015 3:29 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. surgeon general says officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide public health policies.                   

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FDA Names Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco

January 27, 2015 7:28 am | News | Comments

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., has appointed Robert Califf, M.D., a recognized global leader in cardiology, clinical research, and medical economics, as FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco. 

VA to Create Unified Framework with Five Service Regions

January 27, 2015 7:14 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new framework is part of a larger reorganization that VA leaders say will bring a singular focus on customer service to an agency that serves 22 million veterans, including more than 6 million who receive health care each year from the VA's 970 hospitals or clinics.

Inherited Gene Variation Helps Explain Drug Toxicity in Patients Of East Asian Ancestry

January 27, 2015 7:01 am | News | Comments

About 10 percent of young leukemia patients of East Asian ancestry inherit a gene variation that is associated with reduced tolerance of a drug that is indispensable for curing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer.

How to Stay Healthy During the Measles Outbreak

January 26, 2015 11:22 am | Videos | Comments

State officials are working to stem the spread of a measles outbreak that began in California. Vanderbilt University’s Dr. William Schaffner discusses ways to protect your health.            

Doctors: Medical Pot Only OK for Sick Kids Failed by Other Drugs

January 26, 2015 8:40 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.

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New Warning for Pregnant Women Taking Painkillers

January 23, 2015 8:29 am | Videos | Comments

Research shows exposure to opioids during pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects. Also, a new study indicates Celiac Disease among children in Britain has nearly tripled in the past twenty years.        

Measles Outbreak Casts Spotlight on Anti-Vaccine Movement

January 23, 2015 8:14 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In a rash of cases that public health officials are rushing to contain, at least 70 people in six states and Mexico have fallen ill since mid-December, most of them from California. The vast majority of those who got sick had not gotten the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine.

One Dose, Then Surgery: A New Way to Test Brain Tumor Drugs

January 22, 2015 1:33 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

With special permission from the Food and Drug Administration and multiple drug companies, an Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before.         

Possible Link Between Birth Control and Rare Brain Tumors

January 22, 2015 8:34 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers say that women who use birth control pills for five years or more may have an increased risk of brain tumors. Also, many adults do not get the weekly recommendations for physical activity.         

Coffee Study Shows It May Reduce Melanoma Risk

January 22, 2015 8:29 am | Videos | Comments

Having the dark brew may help prevent the most dangerous kind of skin cancer.                             

Lab Tests Imply Formaldehyde Risk in Some E-cigarette Vapor

January 22, 2015 8:06 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest.        

Disney Parks-Linked Measles Outbreak Grows to 70 Cases

January 22, 2015 7:54 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated.

Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Appear to Live in Same Areas

January 21, 2015 8:41 am | Videos | Comments

ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser discusses a new study that shows a phenomenon that could affect your child.                         

Disney Measles Outbreak Includes Five Theme Park Employees

January 21, 2015 8:19 am | News | Comments

Of the five employees at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, three have fully recovered and returned to work, and two remain off, said Dr. Pamela Hymel, the chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.   

Survey: Healthcare and Life Science Companies Aware of But Not Prepared for Whistleblower Lawsuits

January 21, 2015 8:09 am | News | Comments

Many healthcare and life science companies are ill-prepared for federal "whistleblower" lawsuits under the False Claims Act despite their knowledge of the law and its potential consequences, according to a national survey sponsored by Foley Hoag LLP.

Suit: Stop Law Shielding Lethal Injection Drugmakers' Names

January 19, 2015 5:39 pm | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four death row inmates who are suing Ohio officials over a new state law that shields the names of companies providing lethal injection drugs want a federal court to prevent the law from taking effect in March.       

Federal Judge Approves Consent Decree with California Dietary Supplement Maker

January 19, 2015 12:11 pm | News | Comments

A California dietary supplement manufacturer was ordered by a federal court to stop selling its products until the company comes into compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s dietary supplement manufacturing regulations and other requirements listed in the consent decree.

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