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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
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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

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

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
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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

The problem of catheter infections plus advances in the treatment of colorectal cancer

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
LeadDiscovery

Ventricular Fibrillation and Atrial Fibrillation

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 Cardiome’s RSD1235, paving the way for development by others.
LeadDiscovery

Advances in autoimmune disease therapeutics

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.
LeadDiscovery

Improved detection of the influenza virus...New candidate for the treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia enters the clinic

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
LeadDiscovery

e-Detailing in 2006 and beyond

23 May 06

Colin Williams, e-Marketing Director at PharmiWeb Solutions takes a look at the current e-detailing landscape and suggests what the future could hold for this much talked about tool for pharmaceutical sales and marketing departments.
Colin Williams

Battle of the Antidepressants

22 May 06

DailyUpdates 18th May, 2006: As the antidepressant sector continues to go through a period of turbulance we report on new data for one blockbuster from this class - Lexapro. Selected for special mention from over 50 journal articles today's feature demonstrates great timing appearing at the same time as our feature - Major Depressive Disorder. Today's edition of DailyUpdates can be seen here
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Hypertension: excitement grows around Novartis hypertension franchise update in Big Apple

17 May 06

Despite almost 200 million people suffering from hypertension in the seven major pharmaceutical markets alone, according to a new report, innovation is scarce within antihypertensive R&D. What little innovation that does exist is being delivered by Novartis, which is set to launch two new antihypertensives in 2007 in the shape of oral renin inhibitor Rasilez, and the 'two-in-one' pill Exforge.
Datamonitor

EntreMed hoping for success with Panzem/Avastin combo

17 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

VEGF: Same molecular target....new approaches to cancer

15 May 06

DailyUpdates 15th May, 2006: Amongst the 50 or so papers and press releases featured today two focusing on VEGF jump out as being of especial interest. The first, a paper published by Stanford University, reports on the anti-cancer activity of an oncolytic virus in combination with gene therapy. The virus was engineered to selectively replicate in and kill cancer cells . The gene therapy encoded a soluble version of Flk1, one of the VEGF receptors. The two approaches together produce effective a
LeadDiscovery

Leading by example: Amgen takes employee health seriously

15 May 06

When not doing 'insane sports', Amgen's Europe chief Rolf Hoffmann is battling big pharma
Katherine Griffiths

AVIAN FLU SUMMIT FOR BUSINESS

13 May 06

This summit aims to provide both strategic and practical information that will ensure that organisations can prepare for and survive what is now considered to be the inevitable pandemic. Professor Hugh Pennington from the Department of Medical Microbiology at University of Aberdeen will repeat his warning that, “Only one thing is certain and that is that there will be a pandemic.”
Susie Wilson

Adult acute leukemia: demand for innovative drugs that prolong survival

11 May 06

A new report estimates that there will be approximately 84,000 cases of adult and childhood leukemia in the world's seven major pharmaceutical markets in 2006. Acute leukemias will account for 43% of these cases, and, although this market is relatively small compared to other cancer types, the clear unmet needs and regulatory incentives should help encourage drug makers.
Datamonitor

World Pharmaceutical (China) Summit 2006

10 May 06

This Conference will provide a platform for intellectual discourse in order to answer these questions and to discuss other pressing issues regarding the pharmaceutical industry in China in particular, and the world in general. Opportunities and challenges within the whole value chain, from research and development down to sales and marketing will be discussed and solutions put forward for the benefits of attendees.
IBG Company Limited

What is RSS

05 Apr 06

I recently ran a quick poll on PharmiWeb, to determine what level of awareness there was for RSS (really simple syndication). So...
Mike Wood

Search Engine Marketing Health Pharmaceutical Labs clinical

30 Mar 06

Why ? Decision makers were not aware of the ROI that can have a search engine marketing strategy.
Elias KAI

Study supports aggressive use of atorvastatin (Lipitor)

29 Mar 06

The antidyslipidemics market is driven by the statins, which account for 87% of this segment. However, as many statins are expected to face patent expiry in the coming decade manufacturers are looking to novel products to protect their franchise. Such products include combination such as Pfizer's atorvastatin/torcetrapib. Studies demonstrating that higher doses of existing products can offer improved efficacy but with no increase in side-effects will also help optimize sales in the antidyslipid
LeadDiscovery

Diagnosing acute congestive heart failure

28 Mar 06

Heart failure affects more than 5 million people in the U.S. Approximately 20% of hospitalizations are due to acute congestive heart failure translating into a health-care system cost of $15 billion. Given the paucity of the pipeline for acute congestive heart failure, the best hope of clinical improvement will involve improved utilization of existing therapies. However early intervention requires rapid and accurate diagnosis. Given its diagnostic potential, the measurement of plasma BNP a
LeadDiscovery

PABORD 2006

27 Mar 06

The 2nd international exhibition and conference event focussed exclusively on the theme of outsourcing in the research and development of new medicines. Companies both large and small are adopting this increasingly popular business strategy.
ANDREW CLARK

Cdk5 inhibitors as novel candidate analgesics

22 Mar 06

According to our recent feature Pain Therapeutics 2005 the value of the pharmaceutical market for pain relief approached $23 billion in 2004.  The pain market can be divided into acute pain which is well served by OTC medications, post-operative pain and chronic pain. One of the most challenging areas of analgesia is the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain.  Cancer pain also represents a largely unmet market which along with post-operative analgesia depends to a large extent on opioid-based th
LeadDiscovery

Pharma IQ announces inaugural event in Pharma Sales Force Effectiveness

21 Mar 06

If Sales Force Effectiveness is high on your agenda in the current climate, then don’t miss Pharma IQ’s Next Generation Pharmaceutical Sales Strategies event in June. Learn from speakers who have effectively increased their sales force ROI & successfully implemented alternative options to drive sales effectiveness.
Rachel Davis

Big Challenges For Pharma

06 Mar 06

Back in 2000, I was really, really excited. Had I got a date with Kylie Minogue? No. Had West Ham won the Champions League? Not likely. I was excited because I thought I had discovered the best investment sector in the market -- life sciences.
Ed Bowsher

Rituxan approval to mark a new era of B-cell targeted therapies of autoimmune disease?

01 Mar 06

Genentech and Biogen Idec announced yesterday that the FDA has approved Rituxan (Rituximab) for use as a treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Hopefully this news will mark the start of a new era in the treatment of autoimmune disease.
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