Pharma News

FDA approves first treatment specifically for patients with rare and life-threatening type of immune disease

  • Posted on: 22 November 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Gamifant (emapalumab-lzsg) for the treatment of pediatric (newborn and above) and adult patients with primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) who have refractory, recurrent or progressive disease or intolerance with conventional HLH therapy. This FDA approval is the first for a drug specifically for HLH.

Eyes of CJD patients show evidence of prions: Study

  • Posted on: 22 November 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

National Institutes of Health scientists and their colleagues have found evidence of the infectious agent of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in the eyes of deceased CJD patients. The finding suggests that the eye may be a source for early CJD diagnosis and raises questions about the safety of routine eye exams and corneal transplants. Sporadic CJD, a fatal neurodegenerative prion disease of humans, is untreatable and difficult to diagnose.

FDA warns marketers of products labeled as dietary supplements that contain tianeptine

  • Posted on: 22 November 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted warning letter  issued to two companies for the illegal marketing of products labeled as dietary supplements that contain tianeptine, a chemical compound that companies are illegally claiming treats opioid use disorder (OUD), pain and anxiety, and other unlawful and unproven claims. These actions follow reports to the FDA of serious adverse events associated with the use of products containing tianeptine.

FDA new qualified health claim for consuming oils with high levels of oleic acid to reduce coronary heart disease risk

  • Posted on: 21 November 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

As Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, I remain committed to finding new ways to reduce the burden of chronic disease through improved nutrition. Using the FDA’s labeling tools to foster innovation toward healthier foods that consumers want is one of the primary goals of the FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy that I first announced in March.

Study explains behavioral reaction to painful experiences : NIH

  • Posted on: 21 November 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

Exposure to uncomfortable sensations elicits a wide range of appropriate and quick reactions, from reflexive withdrawal to more complex feelings and behaviors. To better understand the body’s innate response to harmful activity, researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health, have identified activity in the brain that governs these reactions.

WHO and partners launch new country-led response to put stalled malaria control efforts back on track

  • Posted on: 21 November 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

Reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018. To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, WHO and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable people from the deadly disease.

FDA approves new drug to treat travelers’ diarrhea

  • Posted on: 20 November 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Aemcolo (rifamycin), an antibacterial drug indicated for the treatment of adult patients with travelers’ diarrhea caused by noninvasive strains of Escherichia coli (E. coli), not complicated by fever or blood in the stool.

NIH scientists combine technologies to view the retina in unprecedented detail

  • Posted on: 20 November 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

By combining two imaging modalities — adaptive optics and angiography — investigators at the National Eye Institute (NEI) can see live neurons, epithelial cells, and blood vessels deep in the eye’s light-sensing retina. Resolving these tissues and cells in the outermost region of the retina in such unprecedented detail promises to transform the detection and treatment of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness among the elderly. NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health, and the paper was published online in Communications Biology. The study was funded by the Intramural Research Program at the NEI.

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