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
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
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
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.
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.
28 Feb 06
ICON’s core competency is project management, built up over the last fifteen years managing complex projects and underpinned by comprehensive and consistent processes which conform to the ISO9001:2000 quality certification.
24 Feb 06
Abbott recently had the largest gain in reputation of any company in its industry
when Fortune magazine ranked it number three in the magazine’s list of the
most admired companies in the United States – Fortune’s highest ranking for
Abbott since 1989. How was this achieved and what factors led up to it?
24 Feb 06
In an increasingly complex world, with significant changes taking place on a social,
commercial and economic basis almost weekly, corporate social responsibility is a
priority for Abbott as it engages its stakeholders, advances its core objectives and
exercises its influence – making productive contribution to the societies and
communities it operates in.
21 Feb 06
Today's edition of DailyUpdates features work conducted by Imperial College researchers who have identified an aptamer able to reduce the proliferation of lymphoma cells by 40%. This work represents a licensing opportunity. The aptamer is of potential therapeutic use and may be of interest to companies with an interest in biologic approach to oncology. The aptamers also forms the basis of a HTS assay that should help identify small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of hematological cancers
10 Feb 06
The approval of Novartis’ Glivec in 2001 represents one of the real success stories in the treatment of Chronic myeloid leukaemia. Already generating $2.2 billion in global sales (2005 figures), Glivec is Novartis’ second highest revenue generator and the continued development of this blockbuster seems certain to increase these figures still further. Here we focus on clinical studies aimed at advancing Gleevec as a treatment of small-cell lung cancer
09 Feb 06
The prevalence of obesity has increased by 61% in the US during the period 1991-2001. According to Datamonitor’s report, Obesity - commercial opportunities and therapeutic pipeline analysis 127m people were classified obese in the seven major markets in 2003. Obesity is an active area of R&D and numerous novel molecular targets are currently being evaluated. One target, ghrelin was the subject of a major target discovery report from LeadDiscovery published in 2003 Ghrelin: Pharmaceutical & Ther
03 Feb 06
The size of the cytotoxic market in the seven major pharmaceutical markets is estimated to be approximately $9.6 billion. Datamonitor expects it to reach a peak of $12.8 billion by 2009. However, mainly due to major patent expiries, it is expected to drop to $11.3 billion by 2014. Topoisomerase inhibitors represent a subgroup of the plant alkaloid class of cytotoxics. DNA topoisomerase II inhibitors are among the most efficacious drugs for the treatment of cancer although they are associated wi
03 Feb 06
The market for antibacterials, valued at $24 billion in the seven major markets, faces significant revenue loss in the period 2005-2007 due to major patent expiries. In exception, considerable success has been met by those targeting drug resistant infections. This is highlighted by the rapid uptake of products focused on drug-resistant infections, such as Pfizer's Zyvox (linezolid). Here we highlight a promising early stage candidate being developed by Replidyne, REP8839
31 Jan 06
OX40 (CD134) is one of the newer tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) family members. Expressed on CD4+ T-cells, its activation by OX40L, a type II membrane protein expressed on activated B-cells, dendritic cells and macrophages, plays an important T-cell co-stimulatory role. Today we highlight additional involvement in heart disease
25 Jan 06
Genomics and proteomics comprise a fundamental area of bioinformatics however exploiting the wealth of information gained using such disciplines remains a rate limiting step in the drug discovery process. Today’s edition of DailyUpdates (Jan 25th 2005) describes ground breaking work that has allowed researchers to identify candidate therapeutics for the treatment of SARs virus infection in under a month using the virus genome as a starting point
16 Jan 06
A new study shows the oral iron-chelator Ferriprox (deferiprone) prevents patients with thalassaemia experiencing heart complications and dying of heart failure. Patients with the condition require frequent blood transfusions with the unwanted effect of excess iron that can build up in organs and endocrine glands. Iron overload in the heart can produce fatal complications so effective treatment with iron chelation therapy to remove iron is vital. The finding that an oral treatment achieves bett
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter
11 Jan 06
There is little mystery about what the next few years hold for the clinical research industry –it comes down to one word: speed. It is all about speed. The gauntlet has been thrown down and the companies that are able to demonstrate an effective and consistent approach to truncating the timeline of clinical trials will be very successful.
Brian S. Robinson
11 Jan 06
Perhaps the greatest challenge facing global drug development is the scarcity of new clinical research professionals entering the industry, bringing refreshing energy and ideas to their work, but lacking practical experience. Those involved in recruiting CR staff will be aware of this shortage and that experienced employees are seeking greater career management/development and rapid progression.
11 Jan 06
Electronic Data Capture (EDC), three little words that can divide the clinical research community like few others. To some, EDC is a panacea for all the troubles and rising costs of the clinical development process, whilst to others it spells broken promises, and forms the butt of many less than flattering anecdotes.
04 Jan 06
Dr Adam Meijer of the Netherlands-based European Influenza Surveillance Scheme (EISS)§ has highlighted the vital role rapid testing must play in combating the global threat of bird flu. Dr Meijer makes his observations in the January issue of Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics.
22 Dec 05
New data presented at the American Society of Hematology meeting in Atlanta this month suggest the problems associated with iron overload in frequently-transfused patients can now be managed simply with an oral treatment rather than continuous infusions of several hours duration.
Olwen Glynn Owen PharmiWeb Field Reporter
21 Dec 05
Most patients who develop chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) can now expect to live more than 20 years from diagnosis if they are treated with the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) Glivec (imatinib) according to haematologists involved in the IRIS (International Randomized Interferon versus STI571) study. Before availability of current treatments, median survival from diagnosis was 3.5 years.
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter