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Reducing Risks of Infusion Related Reactions in Targeted Cancer Therapy

30 Jan 07

Infusion-related reactions occur with a wide variety of therapeutic agents used in the treatment of cancer but have become a particular concern of the targeted monoclonal antibody therapies. A post-hoc analysis performed on data from a recent large study suggests a way of minimising risk.
Olwen Glynn Owen

The iPhones, iPains & iProblems

16 Jan 07

The Appendage of the letter "i" to a word as an aim to create an icon is silly…
Naseem Javed

The right balance drives the field of PPAR agonist R&D

11 Jan 07

A strongly growing market of now more than US$ 6 bln in 2006 for only tow PPAR gamma agonists founds the basis for a heavily researched field of next generation mono, dual or triple PPAR agonists with fine-tuned subtype combinations
La Merie Business Intelligence

Eltrombopag (Promacta) offers hope of an effective oral treatment for bleeding due to thrombocytopenia

03 Jan 07

Thrombocytopenia, the bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency of platelets, has no easy-to-administer or satisfactory treatment at present. However, eltrombopag (Promacta) a new oral drug in development by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has progressed to phase III
Olwen Glynn Owen

Pharma turns to reformulation to maximize ROI

15 Dec 06

With drug pipelines yielding fewer blockbusters and profits from branded drugs being increasingly eroded by generic incursion, pharmaceutical companies are looking to maximize the return on investment of their drugs that do make it to market. Consequently, reformulation has become a common defense by drug makers to prolong the lifecycle of their top sellers.

Antihypertensives: Generics striking at heart of the market

08 Dec 06

Despite almost 200 million people suffering from high blood pressure in the western world alone, the growth rate of the antihypertensive market is actually slowing, largely as a result of generic incursion. In fact many pharmaceutical companies, including those with strong cardiovascular portfolios, are turning their back on this market in favor of more profitable indications, such as oncology.

AstraZeneca has announced that it will launch a generic version of its own heart drug Toprol XL.

24 Nov 06

AstraZeneca's third biggest-selling drug, Toprol XL, has come up against generic competition sooner than anticipated after losing its protection against copycat launches. AstraZeneca has responded by reaching an agreement with US generic firm Par Pharmaceutical to distribute and supply a 25mg generic version of Toprol XL, a strategy that could be used with its other drugs facing patent expiry.

Inhalable insulin: reality doesn't live up to hype

21 Nov 06

Inhalabe insulin treatments promised to revolutionize the treatment of insulin-dependent diabetes by removing the 'injection barrier' from treatment regimes. However, while inhalable insulins will see a reasonable level of uptake, they aren't the sure fire blockbuster they were hyped to be.

Asthma/COPD combination products here to stay

10 Nov 06

The treatment of asthma and COPD has dramatically improved following the increased use of fixed dose inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting beta2-agonist (ICS/LABA) combination therapies. Although Advair dominates the total asthma/COPD market, Symbicort's recent US approval and Chiesi's recent European approval of an ICS/LABA combination drug, signal a major change in the market dynamics.

Pfizer: still biggest player in highly prized indication

31 Oct 06

The success of neuropathic pain drug Neurontin earned Pfizer its reputation as the "neuropathic pain company" and the US pharmaceutical giant faced very little competition in a relatively untapped market for ten years. Neuropathic pain is now one of the most attractive indications in the pharmaceutical industry but Pfizer still dominates the market.

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