Pharma News

Risk of dying is revealed among healthy people !

Novel biological markers have discovered by researchers from Finland and Estonia  that are strongly indicative of risk of dying from any disease within the near future. Blood samples from over 17000 generally healthy people were screened for more than a hundred different biomolecules. The health status of these study volunteers was followed for several years. The researchers looked for measures in the blood that could reflect who had died within the following 5 years after the blood sample was taken. In a study published in PLOS Medicine, they describe identification of four such biomarkers of death.

Collaboration in pharmacovigilance strengthen by FDA and EMA

A new "cluster" have set up on medicinal safety topics by join efforts of U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Clusters are regular collaborative meetings between the EMA and regulators outside of the European Union, which focus on specific topic areas that have been identified as requiring an intensified exchange of information and collaboration.

Government to introduce Third Line Treatment of HIV/AIDS in 10 ART Centres across the country

Presently, the first line and second line antiretroviral therapy (ART) is given to HIV/AIDS patients free of cost in all ART Centres across the country. The Technical Resource Group on ART on 27th December, 2013 recommended providing third line antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS patients through 10 centres of excellence across the country. The process for the same has been initiated at Department of AIDS Control.

IMBRUVICA™ gets nod from USFDA for treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - rare blood and bone marrow disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the approved use of Imbruvica™ which contains ibrutinib, for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients who have received at least one previous therapy on Wednesday, 12 Feb, 2014. Imbruvica™ is manufactured by Pharmacyclics based at Sunnyvale, California.