14 Oct 04
The recent government suspension of the manufacturing license for major flu vaccine maker Chiron in the UK has left many countries facing a severe shortage in flu vaccine supply for the 2004-05 season. In the light of previous vaccine provision difficulties, Datamonitor's Laura Harris argues that, in the longer term, cell culture vaccines could resolve the annual flu vaccine quandary...
11 Oct 04
Last week, Merck & Co sent shockwaves through the pharmaceutical market with the announcement that it had voluntarily withdrawn its blockbuster arthritis drug Vioxx. Datamonitor's Adele Schulz examines the likely impact of this event, for the remainder of 2004 and beyond, on both Merck and its rivals...
07 Oct 04
The demographics of HIV patients are shifting, with the average age of those infected with HIV ever increasing due to longer life expectancy and higher survival rates. However, with increasingly complex infections and drug resistance developing in long term patients, novel medications and new combinations are now being launched to continue the fight...
05 Oct 04
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a niche cancer that accounts for 2-3% of all solid tumors in the major pharmaceutical markets. Approximately 30,000 patients are diagnosed with the disease each year in the US and 12,000 patients die of the disease annually. The market is currently dominated by the cytokines, but there is significant interest among physicians in the potential of anti-angiogenics, particularly so since renal cell carcinomas are known to be well vascularized. Bayer's BAY 43-9006 is a
01 Oct 04
As the dust settles on Merck's withdrawal of Vioxx's, LeadDiscovery investigates the impact that this will have on the treatment of pain, R&D activity directed towards the identification of new approaches, and on pharmaceutical sales relating to COX-2 inhibitors and related drug classes
30 Sep 04
The market for Alzheimer's therapy is expected to grow from 16 million patients to 21 million by 2010 in the seven major pharmaceutical markets. Alzheimer's disease market in the seven major markets is worth $4.7 billion and will increase to $6.1 billion by the year 2005 and $ 7.8 billion by the year 2010. The major unmet need in this market is for disease modification and disease prevention. Recent findings by British researchers showing that targeting the neuronal adaptor protein X11beta can r
29 Sep 04
The pharmaceutical market for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders will grow by an unprecedented amount over the next ten years. The aging of the baby-boom generation, combined with new and improved treatments for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease will lead to an expansion of the already $30 billion neurodegenerative market. Despite the growth of generic products, Parkinson's disease drug revenues grew an impressive 17% across the seven major markets
22 Sep 04
Earlier this year data was reported that Sankyo's angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) olmesartan medoxomil may offer improved anti-hypertensive activity when compared to other therapeutic agents within this highly competitive $31 billion market. More recently clinical data has appeared that shows olmesartan to have additional anti- inflammatory activity in hypertensive patients with vascular inflammation. This may confer additional therapeutic benefit since inflammation is an etiological compo
21 Sep 04
It has been estimated that 9% of the US population suffers from moderate to severe non-cancer-related pain. Acute pain resulting from conditions such as headache, muscle spasms, dental problems or following surgery, affects 90 million Americans every year and the development of analgesics represents a major pharmaceutical objective. A recent study has demonstrated the analgesic activity of corticotropin-releasing-hormone (CRH) and has shown that this activity is probably due to activity within t
21 Sep 04
Early ejaculation represents a major market, and indeed in 18-65 year olds it represents the predominant sexual dysfunction, affecting at least 20% of men. The global annual market for the treatment of early ejaculation has been estimated at $4 billion. However due to the absence of readily available therapeutics fewer than 10% of patients seek treatment for early ejaculation. Successful pharmaceutical development in this field may therefore reap immense rewards. Drug development has however bee
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