15 Aug 08
The UK government have told kidney cancer patients that new drugs cannot be offered on the National Health Service. Roche's Avastin, Bayer's Nexavar, Pfizer's Sutent and Wyeth's Torisel were not cost-effective. The drugs known generically as bevacizumab, sorafenib, sunitinib and temsirolimus should therefore not be a treatment option for advanced and/or metastatic kidney cancer, NICE said.
30 Jul 08
The global clinical trials business is worth an estimated $50bn in 2008, with a rate of growth of 10%. In recent years, the nature of clinical trials has changed considerably. An increased emphasis has been placed on cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical R&D, as well as increased productivity to maintain the high output of recent years.
09 Jul 08
Arthritis is not just a disease of older people – it can affect people of all ages, including children. It is not clear what causes arthritis and there is no cure at present. However, there is plenty you can do to manage yourcondition and lead a full and active life.
17 Jun 08
Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) is the first and so far, only, PEGylated, Fc-Free, anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) alpha treatment in development for rheumatoid arthritis. Data presented at the Annual European Rheumatology Congress (EULAR) suggest that, in combination with methotrexate, Cimzia acts fast to significantly suppress disease activity, prevent structural damage to joints, preserve physical function and help patients continue working productively.
Olwen Glynn Owen - Pharmiweb Field reporter
21 May 08
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21 May 08
It is estimated that one in two smokers will die from a smoking related disease, causing, on average, six to eight years of life lost per smoker. Smokers can also impact the health of those around them, for example their children, through passive smoking.
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