11 Jul 06
The FDA has approved Tibotec and Johnson & Johnson's HIV drug Prezista, enabling it to join Boehringer Ingelheim's recently launched Aptivus as one of just two second-generation protease inhibitors currently available. However, competition will be fierce as both drugs target similar patients in a crowded market where small differences in marketing approaches could impact hugely on sales.
10 Jul 06
ROCHE is set to file for a new indication for its oral, targeted cancer drug XelodaÂ® following impressive new data presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference (ASCO).
09 Jul 06
Pharmaceutical companies are renowned for exhaustive pages of regulatory reports and documentation procedures. An enormous amount of effort goes into creating and maintaining these documentations, usually by people for whom it is only a small part of their job.
Another problem is that complexity exists in such documents and may be due to an excess of information or to inappropriate structure. Again, historically there may have been a drive to put every little detail into the procedures, in t
PharmiWeb Field Reporter -Joanna Hills
07 Jul 06
Todays Headlines from across the DailyUpdates network (July 7th, 2006) - In today's edition we highlight Biomarin's development of the novel antihypertensive 6R-BH4 and new research describing a promising molecular target for future sepsis therapeutics.
05 Jul 06
Todays Headlines from across the DailyUpdates network (from DailyUpdates 5th July)- Although press releases are quite thin on the ground today because of the July 4th holiday in the US, Abiogen have released important information regarding the start of phase 2 testing of the company's anxiolytic, ABIO 08/01. In addition we feature a review describing a potentially groundbreaking drug delivery technology. This technology harnesses protein transduction domains (PTDs), endogenous peptide sequences
29 Jun 06
The leading pharmaceutical companies have historically focused on developing small molecules to drive their bottom line growth. However, this is set to change, with around 60% of revenue growth for 'Big Pharma' companies forecast to come from biologic products. In fact by 2010, annual sales of biologics will have increased by $26 billion, compared to a $13 billion increase for small molecules.
27 Jun 06
Todays Headlines from across the DailyUpdates network - Today we feature news from Vasogen on their candidate treatment of chronic heart failure plus new data from Johnson & Johnson on a new integrin antagonist that may underly a future treatment of asthma
27 Jun 06
While the number of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) is set to grow only minimally in next two decades, the condition still represents a key health risk, for both society and the individual. For example, MDD is a leading cause of disability and under-diagnosis remains a problem. Furthermore, the leading classes of MDD drugs have been linked to increased suicidality.
21 Jun 06
Todays Headlines from across the DailyUpdates network (20th June, 2006): We highlight research from Merck who are developing a novel approach to anxiety and news from ArQule on their oncology candidate
20 Jun 06
Todays Headlines from across the DailyUpdates network (19th June - 2006): Today we feature over 60 breaking journal articles including our featured study discussing the development of a new antibody being developed for HIV-1. In addition we highlight news from Micromet on their antibody therapy for the treatment of NHL
19 Jun 06
Cell Therapeutics has announced positive phase III data for Xyotax in non-small cell lung cancer, with the drug significantly increasing survival in pre-menopausal female patients with high estrogen levels. However, with such a limited patient population, Xyotax will struggle to compete with Sanofi-Aventis' Taxotere, Eli Lilly's Gemzar and genericized paclitaxel in cost-constrained markets.
19 Jun 06
In today's edition of DailyUpdates we report on CD40:CD40L. Traditionally a target for autoimmune/transplant therapeutics, we highlight a study supporting the development of blockers of CD40:CD40L as candidate treatments of Alzheimer's disease. We also highlight a new oncology candidate in development by Lorus
16 Jun 06
In today's edition of DailyUpdates we headline with news from CuraGen and TopoTarget on a new trial evaluating the combination of an HDAC inhibitor an cis-retinoid acid. In addition we highlight research from Wyeth suggesting a new approach to depression
14 Jun 06
Data presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Atlanta this month suggest that administering the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor Erbitux (cetuximab) fortnightly rather than weekly in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) is a feasible option. Another study probing whether scaling up the dose, to the point where patients experience the significant rash linked to long survival, achieves a better response, shows high doses are well tolerated.
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter
12 Jun 06
Vertex has launched a major phase II clinical trial to test a new hepatitis C drug candidate, with a second trial scheduled to begin in June. This is a significant advance in the development of much-needed treatments for hepatitis C. By drawing parallels with similar HIV treatments, Datamonitor's Morris Paterson outlines the pitfalls and prospects for this new drug.
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12 Jun 06
Today's edition highlights news from Metabolex announcing the initiation of a Phase 2/3 trial of a novel insulin sensitizer, metaglidasen. In addition we discuss research published by Advanced Life Sciences who are making exciting breakthroughs moving towards the treatment of HIV Tuberculosis co-infection which has become a global catastrophe.
10 Jun 06
Breakthroughs in our understanding of the Ubiquitin system are increasingly being routed towards clinical applications. Targeting Ubiquitin for Drug Discovery and Development conference has assembled leaders from industrial and academic research to discuss the state of the art and prospects for the future. With the FDA approval and commercialization of Velcade, scientists are now beginning to see the potential of this ever expanding science. New therapeutic targets are being explored and implica
09 Jun 06
Today we report on the FDA approval of Merck's HPV vaccine, the first such vaccine to be approved in the US; and a candidate treatment for various cardiovascular diseases
08 Jun 06
Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability in the US, and is estimated to be the eighth most common cause of disability worldwide, with around 89 million adults in the seven major markets having a form of symptomatic osteoarthritis. OA therefore offers an attractive commercial target. However, relatively low disease awareness and Cox-2s controversy have curbed the market's potential so far.
08 Jun 06
DailyUpdates 2nd June: In todayâ€™s edition of DailyUpdates we highlight exciting new data on the potential use of the antihypertensive, losartan as a modulator of insulin release and production and hence a directly acting therapeutic for the treatment of diabetes. This supplements additional beneficial activity resulting from blood pressure control. In addition we report on European approval of Thelin, Encysiveâ€™s candidate for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension
07 Jun 06
DailyUpdates 7th June: ASCO is finished for this year now but not before Gloucester Pharmaceuticals managed to counter yesterdayâ€™s news from Merck with clinical data on their own HDAC inhibitor. Together this means that the two most advanced HDAC inhibitors are progressing nicely towards the market and soon, we hope, cancer patients will be offered another option. Also today we report on Pfizerâ€™s very early stage serotonin 5-HT receptor ligands, a class that is emerging from the arena of IBS to
05 Jun 06
(The American Society of Clinical Oncology) now in full swing, cancer is not surprisingly the focus of today's news section and out of the 20 or so press releases featured we highlight and announcement by Cell Genesys describing the development of their GVAX vaccine for the treatment of CML. In their phase 2 trial the company reports that a complete molecular response is seen in 25% of patients whose treatment included GVAX - this compares to historical data of about 10% in patients not receivin
02 Jun 06
Psychiatrists attending this yearâ€™s Annual Psychiatric Association meeting heard new findings from the controversial CATIE (Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness) programme. New data suggest an older typical antipsychotic drug is more cost effective and has the same cognitive benefits as newer atypical drugs. Previous results suggested the older first generation drug is equally effective and well-tolerated clinically, compared to newer atypicals but the study design was m
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter
31 May 06
DailyUpdates 26th May, 2006: As our daily trip around the drug discovery world continues we hit Friday with some revealing information on sepsis and new phase 3 data on Wyeth's antidepressant desvenlafaxine. Read on for more about these highlight on visit today's edition of DailyUpdates for more on these advances or any of the other 50+ items featured today
31 May 06
EntreMed has initiated a phase II trial of Panzem in combination with Genentech's Avastin in carcinoid cancer. The trial will examine how the therapy fares against potential rivals and its possible use in other tumor types. With the blockbuster Avastin possessing the potential to significantly raise the profile of Panzem, the study will prove crucial for EntreMed's lead pipeline drug candidate.
30 May 06
DailyUpdates 30th May: As the drug discovery sector returns after various public holidays around the world, we too return with another edition of DailyUpdates. Amongst the 60 or so features today, we highlight work at Kane Biotech conducted in an attempt to reduce the major problem of catheter infection, plus news on the development of a liposomal candidate designed to deliver the active metabolite of Camptosar to colorectal cancer tumors. Summaries of this work are provided below - today's edit
26 May 06
DailyUpdates 25th May, 2006: Today both featured items from DailyUpdates focus on autoimmune disease and remarkably neither are biologics. The first, a press release from Synta announces the advancement of an IL-12/IL-23 inhibitor in development for rheumatoid arthritis and IBD; the second is a review of potassium channels as targets for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
26 May 06
Although ventricular and atrial fibrillation represent the most common cardiac arrhymias and are associated with amongst the highest rates of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, treatment options are suboptimal. New opportunities are however approaching the market, notably Cardiomeâ€™s RSD1235, paving the way for development by others.
24 May 06
DailyUpdates 24th May, 2006: With the threat of influenza hanging over our heads on a seemingly continuous basis, improving the ability to rapidly and accurately identify patients infected with influenza and furthermore the strain of virus remains paramount. Today we feature research from CombiMatrix concerning their activities in this area. We also headline news coming out of Denmark's Genmab announcing the advance of HuMax-CD20, the company's CD20 monoclonal, into the clinic for the treatment