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
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.
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.
17 Oct 06
It’s another Monday practice meeting, the usual drug representative has been roped in to provide lunch and is cooling her heels waiting for the team to finish morning surgery. The usual non-descript pile of sandwiches from the local bakery is stacked on the table and the registrar who has finished early has already picked the best sandwiches...
Ian Mckenzie - PharmiWeb.com Field Reporter
02 Oct 06
From October 1st 2006 the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 - is coming in to force, making it illegal in the UK to recruit or select candidates based on their age and to discriminate based on age whilst in employment rather than based on skills and competencies. This will apply to discrimination againt young and old, and it WILL dramatically affect recruitment and employment in the UK.
27 Sep 06
A new DPP-4 inhibitor class of oral anti-diabetic medicines, working by the novel mechanism of incretin enhancement, is poised to revolutionise the management of Type 2 diabetes. Data presented at a recent European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting suggest they will help fill the unmet need for effective anti-diabetic drugs without unacceptable side effects. Numerous agents are in development with two, Galvus (vildagliptin, Novartis) and Januvia (sitagliptin, Merck) awaiting approval
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter
25 Sep 06
Rapra Technology’s First International Conference on Silicone Elastomers took place in Frankfurt on 19-20 September attracting over 120 delegates from as far away as Australia, Brazil, Russia and the US. Presentations covered silicone elastomer materials, liquid silicone rubber, the processing of silicone elastomers, additives and finishing for silicone elastomers. Delegates praised the breadth of the programme content and the practical nature of many of the papers.
20 Sep 06
The Hellenic Competition Committee has issued GSK with a favorable decision, indicating that it can restrict the supply of pharmaceuticals to wholesalers to prevent parallel importation of these drugs, without breaking competition laws. This is an important step for legally restricting parallel importation from one of Europe's biggest parallel trade markets, as Datamonitor's Dr Mark Belsey discovers…
20 Sep 06
Running clinical trials and recruiting experienced clinical personnel in the UK has certainly challenged many senior managers and recruiters over the past year. At a recent UK conference, both the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and a UK pharmaceutical website were quoted as stating that there continues to be a skills shortage across all disciplines; a lack of long-term educational investment and less development of the existing talent pool were cited as the main reaso
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