Pharma News

Pfizer's two drugs significantly prolonged progression of tumor with Advanced Breast Cancer

Combination of Palbociclib with Letrozole significantly prolonging progression of tumor compared with single letrozole in post-menopausal women with estrogen receptor positive. This details resulted from PALOMA-1 study which is a Phase 2 trial designed to assess progression-free survival in post-menopausal women with ER+, HER2- advanced breast cancer receiving palbociclib in combination with letrozole versus letrozole alone.

Stallergenes's Oralair - sublingual allergen extract gets approval from FDA

Recently, U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Oralair, first sublingual allergen extract approved in the United States, to treat allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis that is induced by certain grass pollens in age group of 10 to 65 years. Oralair contains a mixture of freeze-dried extracts from the pollens of five grasses, including Kentucky Blue Grass, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Sweet Vernal and Timothy.

Study shows Party drug- KETAMINE can treat severe depression

The scientists,  from Oxford Health NHS, confirmed that some patients with severe depression who have not responded to other treatments, can be treated with ketamine which has a rapid antidepressant effect. Ketamine is a licensed medical drug and is very widely used as an anaesthetic and in pain relief. It is also used as a recreational drug or drug of abuse, and is to be reclassified as a Class B banned substance.

New drug approved for treating psoriatic arthritis by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Otezla (apremilast), manufactured for Celgene Corporation, Summit, N.J.,  to treat adults with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA), which is a form of arthritis that affects some people with psoriasis. Most people develop psoriasis first and are later diagnosed with PsA. Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the main signs and symptoms of PsA.

India reaches remarkable milestone as 'Polio Free Nation' certified by WHO

On thursday, 27th march 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) presented official certification to India for its ‘Polio Free’ status. India is among other countries in its South East Asian region which have been certified as being free of the wild polio virus. Ghulam Nabi Azad, health minister of India, received the official certificate from WHO.

FDA approves first implantable hearing device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first implantable device for people 18 and older with severe or profound sensorineural hearing loss of high-frequency sounds in both ears, but who can still hear low-frequency sounds with or without a hearing aid. The Nucleus Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant System may help those with this specific kind of hearing loss who do not benefit from conventional hearing aids.

Scientists identified genetic diversity of K.Pneumoniae (drug-resistant bacteria)

New findings, by group of scientists, will facilitate the development of new clinical strategies design to prevent or treat infections caused by multidrug-resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae. Scientists from National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their colleagues have tracked the evolution of the Carbapenem-resistant bacterium K.pneumoniae sequence type 258 (ST258), an important agent of hospital-acquired infections by using genome sequencing.

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