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The e:HR Awards 2006

25 Oct 06

Recognizing excellence in the application of an e-business approach in pharma and biotech HR in Europe.
Mike Wood

Drug pipeline suggests glimmer of hope for SLE sufferers

20 Oct 06

While there have been no new treatments approved for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in almost 40 years, there are some promising treatments currently in the development pipeline. Unfortunately, the ambiguity surrounding the requirements of clinical trials is preventing these drugs from being approved. However, faced with few alternatives, that hasn't prevented physicians using them off-label.

Has the current approach to pharmaceutical sales passed its expiry date?

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 - Field Reporter

Ovarian cancer: platinum-based therapy still the gold standard

13 Oct 06

Despite being the most common cause of death from gynecological tumors, ovarian cancer does not attract the same level of R&D interest as more prevalent tumor types. While surgery still plays a central role in the treatment of ovarian cancer, platinum-based therapy, in particular, carboplatin in combination with paclitaxel, remains the mainstay of cytotoxic treatment for ovarian cancer.

Schering-Plough: new fungicide gets US approval

06 Oct 06

Noxafil is a new fungicide developed by Schering-Plough. Already marketed in Europe, it has now received US approval on the basis of clinical trials showing its superiority over fluconazole in preventing invasive fungal infections in immuno-compromised patients. Revenues derived from this new drug will help bolster Schering-Plough's Infectious Diseases division.

Researchers find new clue to treating diabetes

05 Oct 06

Researchers in Auckland have decoded the structure of a molecule that may provide clues for a new type of diabetes drug.
Emma Timewell

Age is no longer a factor

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.
Mike Wood

Mid pharma looks outside itself to drive revenue

28 Sep 06

In 2005, 44% of 'mid pharma' revenues were derived from products that have been discovered outside of the in-house development pipelines. In fact, even in the absence of any further external sourcing between now and 2010, the dependence on revenues of products that came from external pipelines will continue to increase, coming to stand at 49% by 2010.

DPP-4 inhibitors Galvus and Januvia will be the first oral drugs tackling Type 2 diabetes via the incretin response: how do they compare?

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

International Conference on Silicone Elastomes Highlights Future Growth

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.
Sharon Garrington

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