Industry News

NIH awards will advance development of vaccines for sexually transmitted infections

  • Posted on: 14 May 2019
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced awards to establish four Cooperative Research Centers (CRCs) focused on developing vaccines to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The grants, totaling $41.6 million over five years, will support collaborative, multidisciplinary research on the bacteria that cause syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. At the end of the program, each center is expected to identify at least one candidate vaccine ready for testing in clinical trials.

FDA approves new treatments for heart disease caused by a serious rare disease, transthyretin mediated amyloidosis

  • Posted on: 11 May 2019
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Vyndaqel (tafamidis meglumine) and Vyndamax (tafamidis) capsules for the treatment of the heart disease (cardiomyopathy) caused by transthyretin mediated amyloidosis (ATTR-CM) in adults. These are the first FDA-approved treatments for ATTR-CM. Vyndaqel and Vyndamax have the same active moiety, tafamidis, but they are not substitutable on a milligram to milligram basis and their recommended doses differ.

FDA approves first treatment for children with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder

  • Posted on: 11 May 2019
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration  approved Ruzurgi (amifampridine) tablets for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) in patients 6 to less than 17 years of age. This is the first FDA approval of a treatment specifically for pediatric patients with LEMS. The only other treatment approved for LEMS is only approved for use in adults.

First FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of dengue disease in endemic regions

  • Posted on: 4 May 2019
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today the approval of Dengvaxia, the first vaccine approved for the prevention of dengue disease caused by all dengue virus serotypes (1, 2, 3 and 4) in people ages 9 through 16 who have laboratory-confirmed previous dengue infection and who live in endemic areas. Dengue is endemic in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

FDA’s new efforts to protect women’s health and help to ensure the safety of breast implants

  • Posted on: 4 May 2019
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

There has been a growing discussion in recent months around the safety of certain breast implants, with regulatory agencies around the world weighing the risk of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). It’s an issue that has been a priority for us at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2011 when we warned women that the available information at the time indicated that there is a risk for women with breast implants, especially those with textured implants, for developing this disease.

Biocon grown by 64% in net profit at Rs 213.7 cr during fourth quarter

  • Posted on: 26 April 2019
  • By: PharmaTutor News

Biocon Ltd announced its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31st, 2019. Biocon Biologics revenue nearly doubled, led by biosimilars portfolio performance in developed and emerging markets. Branded Formulations India business reported a strong double digit growth which was offset by a decline in UAE. Generic Formulations business grew multi-fold off a low base, reflecting our focus on vertical integration in the Small Molecules business. Research Services subsidiary Syngene crossed the Rs 500 Crore Revenue milestone with a Net Profit milestone of Rs 100 Crore in Q4 on a standalone basis.

Opioid epidemic is increasing rates of some infectious diseases

  • Posted on: 4 April 2019
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

The United States faces a converging public health crisis as the nation’s opioid epidemic fuels growing rates of certain infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, heart infections, and skin and soft tissue infections. Infectious disease and substance use disorder professionals must work together to stem the mounting public health threat, according to a new commentary in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The article was co-authored by officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

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