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PowderMed: flying ahead in avian flu

21 Jul 06

PowderMed has submitted an application to UK regulators seeking to conduct human trials of its avian influenza vaccine. Developing an effective vaccine against the next influenza pandemic is a challenging task, but one many companies are taking on. However, until a virus able to cause a pandemic emerges, no one knows for certain which product will be most effective.
Datamonitor

Role of Arenesp and cinacalcet in protecting hearts of renal patients

20 Jul 06

Treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is focussing increasingly on prevention of cardiovascular complications with the aim of reducing the cardiovascular mortality and morbidity to which many patients currently succumb.
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter

Hints and Tips: Survive in the Work Place Part Two

19 Jul 06

Hints and Tips: Survive in the Work Place Part Two
Elaine Ford - PharmiWeb Field Reporter

Urinary incontinence: common problem, not commonly reported

13 Jul 06

Despite not being a widely acknowledged affliction, urinary incontinence (UI) is a relatively common condition, with up to 23% of the female population suffering from one form alone. Yet despite the significant impact UI can have on the quality of life of the sufferers, according to a new report, approximately half of sufferers neither seek treatment nor report the problem to a physician.
Datamonitor

Baraclude (entecavir) offers much-needed new option for chronic hepatitis B infection

11 Jul 06

Baraclude (entecavir), a new oral drug developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb, recently approved by the European Commission for treatment of chronic hepatitis B viral (HBV) infections, is expected to become available in a few months in some countries of the EU, the Middle East and Africa.
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter

Tibotec and J&J cleared to launch Aptivus rival

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.
Datamonitor

New data results for Roche cancer drug Xeloda impressive

10 Jul 06

ROCHE is set to file for a new indication for its oral, targeted cancer drug Xeloda® following impressive new data presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference (ASCO).
Rhonda Siddall,

Lean Documentation 1: GLP, GCP, GMP, SOP, too many documents ?

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

Biomarin advance novel antihypertensive...Researchers identify novel molecular target for the treatment of sepsis

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.
LeadDiscovery

Phase 2 testing commences on Abiogen's anxiolytic ABIO 0801...Novel drug delivery technology facilitating the use of therapeutic macromolecules

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
LeadDiscovery

Biologics driving growth to 2010

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.
Datamonitor

New clinical data on Vasogen's heart failure candidate...Johnson and Johnson publish on potential asthma candidate

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
LeadDiscovery

Depression sufferers still reluctant to see physician

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.
Datamonitor

ArQule moves forward with their cell cycle modulator...Wyeth develops selective GABA(A) alpha2/alpha3 subtype agonists as candidate anxiolytics

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
LeadDiscovery

Micromet develops new lymphoma therapeutic...KD-247, a promising HIV-neutralizing antibody

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
LeadDiscovery

Cell Therapeutics' Xyotax holds much promise for few patients

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.
Datamonitor

CD40:CD40L as a target for Alzheimers...A new candidate oncology therapeutic to enter the clinic

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
LeadDiscovery

Further development of HDAC inhibitors...Novel approaches to the treatment of depression

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
LeadDiscovery

Erbitux: emerging data at ASCO reveal potential to further exploit benefits of the targeted EGFR therapy in mCRC

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

Vertex: next-generation hepatitis drugs within reach

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.
Datamonitor Expert Views

Advances in diabetes...combating the menace of HIV/Tuberculosis co-infection

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.
LeadDiscovery

Targeting Ubiquitin For Drug Discovery & Development

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
Seth Fritts

Merck wins the race for HPV vaccine approval in the US...CRP inhibitor shows promise as a cardioprotective agent

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
LeadDiscovery

Osteoarthritis: the silent burden

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.
Datamontor CommentWire

Losartan, a stimulator of insulin release?

08 Jun 06

DailyUpdates 2nd June: In today’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, Encysive’s candidate for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension
LeadDiscovery

More on HDAC inhibitors...Pfizer report development of new 5-HT4 receptor ligands

07 Jun 06

DailyUpdates 7th June: ASCO is finished for this year now but not before Gloucester Pharmaceuticals managed to counter yesterday’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 Pfizer’s very early stage serotonin 5-HT receptor ligands, a class that is emerging from the arena of IBS to
leaddiscovery

Oncology news from ASCO plus a competitor to antibody therapeutics

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
LeadDiscovery

Should CATIE dictate choice of antipsychotic in chronic schizophrenia?

02 Jun 06

Psychiatrists attending this year’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

From sepsis to depression

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
LeadDiscovery

EntreMed hoping for success with Panzem/Avastin combo

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.
Datamonitor

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