21 May 04
To aid in your drug development efforts, Pharmaceutical Education Associates is proud to present our inaugural ‚ÄúIdentification and Validation of Safety and Efficacy Biomarkers‚ÄĚ conference. Ultimately, the drug discovery process must be a collaborative one, drawing together researchers from industry, academia, and government agencies to identify and address all possible benefits and consequences. In that spirit, our top-notch speaking faculty brings together experts from all these groups to add
20 May 04
DailyUpdates 20th April: Nearly 423,000 new cases of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are expected to have been diagnosed in the seven major pharmaceutical markets in 2003. Despite the high level of pharmaceutical interest, there are significant unmet needs in the disease in terms of poor survival. Docetaxel is the only drug currently approved in both the U.S. and Europe to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer in the second-line setting. While the dr
11 May 04
DailyUpdates 11th May: A number of clinical studies including the VIGOR trial have suggested that the NSAID naproxen may reduce the incidence of myocardial infarction. However the gastrointestinal side-effects of naproxen and its ability to exacerbate hypertension preclude its use in at-risk individuals. Upcoming data about to be published in the journal JPET demonstrate the efficacy of the safer and anti-hypertensive nitro-derivative of naproxen, HCT 3012, in a model of myocardial infarction.
10 May 04
DailyUpdates 10th May: Last week European regulators affirmed the safety of Celebrex; good news for Pfizer continues with the emergence of data from the PACES trials reporting that, compared to acetaminophen, Celebrex is both preferred by patients and is of greater efficacy.
06 May 04
This edition of Emerging Drug Discovery Targets features MBD2 inhibitors as a selective strategy for reducing tumor growth; NicOx's NO-ASA cancer candidate, NCX 4040, MIF as a target for atherogenesis; expanding indications for COX-2 inhibitors; and a dual MMP and TACE inhibitor as a treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. This edition also sees a new section "TherapyUpdate" which this month focuses on Osteoporosis. As usual we also provide updates on industrial advances and licensing opportunities a
05 May 04
DailyUpdates 5th May: As the battle lines are drawn up between gabapentin and its generic equivalents, research published by Turkish researchers suggests that the first-line use of these therapeutics in the treatment of neuropathic pain associated with spinal cord injury will represent one battle in the war between Pfizer and its competitors.
29 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 29th April: Cancer pain affects over 3 million people in the US alone. The treatment of this condition, whether it is due to bone metastasis or a result of the use of cytotoxic therapies is challenging. Researchers from McGill University have now demonstrated that ethosuximide, an anti-epileptic and relatively selective T-type calcium channel blocker, is highly effective in reversing neuropathic pain caused by the commonly employed cytotoxics paclitaxel or vincristine. This contr
22 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 22nd April: Phase III studies have previously shown Merkle‚Äôs first in the class COX/LOX inhibitor, Licofelone, to be equally effective to standard treatments of osteoarthritis. Moreover, gastrointestinal adverse events tended to be less frequent in patients treated with licofelone as compared to naproxen. In this month‚Äôs edition of the American Journal of Gastroenterology new data is published showing clear cut advantages of licofelone arising from the dramatic reduction in incide
20 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 20th April: An estimated 5 million individuals suffer from rheumatoid arthritis in the Western world. CB1 cannabinoid receptor ligands are in development as candidate treatments of this disease due to their analgesic properties. Now researchers from the Hebrew University and the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London have demonstrated the anti-inflammatory, disease modifying efficacy of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, HU-320 in a model of rheumatoid arthritis.
19 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 19th April: NSAIDs have shown promising activity in the prevention and possible treatment of cancer. The French pharmaceutical NicOx has successfully improved both the safety and efficacy of NSAIDs by attaching a nitric oxide donor group to various NSAIDs. In a recent study nitrosulindac has been demonstrated to act as an effective and selective cytotoxic and antiproliferative agent against bladder cancer cells. The efficacy of nitrosulindac was considerable better than sulindac.
16 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 16th April: RNA interference is emerging as a major tool to help researchers identify new therapeutic targets. Novartis researchers have recently used this technology to underline the role that the ligand activated cation-channel, P2X3 plays in neuropathic pain. This study also demonstrates the therapeutic potential of P2X3 gene silencing in the treatment of this major unmet area of analgesia.
14 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 14th April: Neuropathic pain affects 26 million patients including a sub-population of cancer patients being treated with cytotoxics. McGill researchers have published the results of a study looking at neuropathic pain in various strains of mice. These data show that neuropathic pain has a genetic component suggested to be equally relevant to paclitaxel and surgically-induced pain. The study also advances the use of paclitaxel-induced hyperalgesia as a model for the development o
13 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 13th April: According to WHO, there are some 130 million diagnosed diabetics in the world, a figure that is predicted to increase to 300 million by 2025. Approximately 10-15% of these patients suffer type 1 diabetes. Novo Nordisk have shown that their Kir6.2/SUR1 channel opener, NN414 is able to preserve beta-cell function and reduction of insulitis presumable through the induction of "beta-cell rest".
08 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 8th April: An estimated 5 million individuals suffer from rheumatoid arthritis in the Western world. Corticosteroids are the most dramatically effective short-term anti-inflammatory drugs; however, their clinical benefit for rheumatoid arthritis often diminishes with time. This, the severe rebounds observed following the withdrawal of corticosteroids, and long-term systemic side effects associated with corticosteroids limits their use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Rese
07 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 7th April: A recent survey of community-dwelling women in France, Germany, Spain and the UK found that 35% women suffer urinary incontinence, the most prevalent form of which was stress urinary incontinence. The findings also revealed that two-thirds of women affected with urinary incontinence never consulted a health care professional for treatment. The perceived and real lack of pharmaceutical options for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence is a major factor contributing
06 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 6th April: According to WHO, there are some 130 million diagnosed diabetics in the world and the long term consequences of diabetes such as diabetic nephropathy are becoming increasingly frequent and unmet components of diabetes care. In a recent study Glasgow Royal Infirmary researchers report that intensive treatment slowed progression of renal disease within 2 years in patients with established diabetic nephropathy and predict that this approach may delay the onset of dialysis b
05 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 5th April: There is growing evidence of a link between type-2 diabetes/obesity and Alzheimer disease. Researchers now report that diet-induced insulin resistance increases beta amyloid generation, amyloid plaque burden in the brain and behavioural impairment in a model of Alzheimer disease.
02 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 2nd April: There is growing evidence that type-2 diabetes is a risk factor for Alzheimer disease. In their April American Journal of Pathology article Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers add further evidence to support defects in insulin-degrading enzyme activity as a potential cause of this phenomenon. This and similar data argues for the development of cross-indication treatments of type-2 diabetes and Alzheimer disease and GSK-3 inhibitors may fit the bill.
01 Apr 04
DailyUpdates 1st April: Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is estimated to affect over 73 million people in the seven major pharmaceutical markets. Disease modifying osteoarthritis drugs (DMOADs) currently represent the ‚Äėholy grail‚Äô in the treatment of osteoarthritis. The Group for the Respect of Ethics and Excellence in Science (GREES) have now published recommendations on the clinical development of DMOADs.
31 Mar 04
DailyUpdates 31st March: Bipolar disorder affects over 2 million people in the US alone. Lithium, which inhibits inositol monophosphatase, has long been a first line mood stabilizer used in the treatment of this condition. Merck & Co have now developed a new cell-based HTS assay to identify novel inositol monophosphatase inhibitors which will hopefully lead to improved treatments of bipolar disorder.
30 Mar 04
DailyUpdates 30th March: According to WHO, there are some 130 million diagnosed diabetics in the world and the long term consequences of diabetes such as diabetic nephropathy are becoming increasingly frequent and unmet components of diabetes care. Intensive glycemic control prevents or retards microalbuminuria, an early sign of nephropathy in patients with type 2 diabetes and in a recent study Japanese researchers compare two different classes of oral antidiabetic drugs with respect to their e
29 Mar 04
Overactive bladder, a condition associated with a variety of other pathologies affects over 17 million Americans and costs the US over $12 billion per year. Current treatments focus on the muscarinic receptor antagonists such as tolterodine and oxybutanin with further examples from this class expected on the market. Therapeutics from novel pharmacological classes are expected to offer further improvements and in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Uni
19 Mar 04
Japan has always been considered the technology pioneer of Asia, however, in recent years a number of other countries in this region have placed significant emphasis on industrial and technological performance in order to improve their own world position. One industry that is developing rapidly in the region is the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr Faiz Kermani and Dr Rebecca Gittins
13 Feb 04
Pharma NewsBytes selects out what we consider as being some of the most interesting press releases to have appeared on our DailyUpdates tracking service over the past few weeks. Currently featured new items focus on a number of novel approaches to the treatment of cancer including the development of caspase inhibitors; gene therapy approaches to the expression of TNF-alpha; an advanced monoclonal antibody; and a strategy to block XIAP. In addition new therapeutics for the treatment of rheumatoid
13 Feb 04
According to WHO, there are some 130 million diagnosed diabetics in the world. The market for diabetes therapeutics is rising. Oral antidiabetic drugs, the leading class of drugs used to treat the disease, accounted for almost 63% of sales during this period, while sales of insulin stand at around 30%. Further increases are inevitable and the market for diabetes medications could exceed $20 billion by 2006. The largest unmet need in the diabetes market is improved delivery of insulin. Currently,
13 Feb 04
This edition of "Emerging Drug Discovery Targets" features a potential approach to the treatment of COPD; Ligands' retinoic acid receptor agonist with appetite suppressive and insulin sensitizing properties; the use of HDAC inhibitors for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; Tamoxifen as a dual chemopreventative and anti-atherosclerosis treatment; and broad based inhibition of multidrug resistance proteins for improved cancer treatment. As usual we also provide updates on industrial advances a
03 Feb 04
Pharmaceutical Education Associates‚Äô presents a one-of-a-kind forum exploring the most recent and clinically relevant research pertaining to brain targets for the enhancement of cognitive function. Of particular interest will be the effectiveness of new cognition-enhancing drugs in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer‚Äôs disease, as well as their potential for the treatment of the cognitive decline associated with normal aging or as a prelude to disease.