11 Mar 05
Biogen Idec and Elan have announced the voluntary suspension from sale and withdrawal from clinical trials of Tysabri, the companies' novel therapy for the treatment of relapse remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). This move has already slashed share prices of both companies. Even if Tysabri is relaunched with some form of black-box warning, doubts will surely linger over its long-term safety.
04 Mar 05
Sankyo and Daiichi Pharmaceutical are considering merging in October 2005 to become Japan's number two drugmaker, as competition in the market continues to intensify. Following the announcement of mergers between Yamanouchi and Fujisawa, and Dainippon and Sumitomo, will continuous domestic consolidation ensure a place for global integration in the face of western pressure?
03 Mar 05
Bipolar affective disorder – previously referred to as manic depression – is a psychiatric disorder affecting at least 1% of the UK population, and depending on the definition used, may affect as many as 5% of the population. A recent World Health Organization analysis of the major global causes of disability, economic and social burden, indicated that bipolar affective disorders are ranked in the top ten, and account for 2.5% of total years lost to disability across all age groups.
CSF Medical Communications
02 Mar 05
The oncology market is the third largest pharmaceutical market, behind the cardiovascular and CNS therapy areas, and is currently experiencing strong growth. Worth an estimated $35 billion in 2003, analysts predict that the sector will grow to $60 billion by 2010, yielding a compound annual growth rate of 8% over this period. Major changes are however occurring in the oncology market. Cytotoxics, a cornerstone of oncology, are reaching patent expiry and the last cytotoxic genericization is expec
25 Feb 05
Despite being the current gold standard and sales heavyweight of the antipsychotic market with $4 billion in global sales, Eli Lilly's Zyprexa (olanzapine) is facing legal action in the US over alleged side effects. Along with other blockbuster drugs in the market, it may also run into intense competition from generics earlier than expected, according to new research from Datamonitor.
20 Feb 05
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) currently affects 0.5-1% of the Western world’s population. This translates to over one million people in America (525,000 Ulcerative Colitis, 490,000 Crohn's Disease) and four million people worldwide. Sufferers experience a range of gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain resulting in weight loss as well as other extraintestinal manifestation such as skin and
18 Feb 05
More than 70 million people worldwide suffer from migraines, yet despite the dramatic effects on everyday life that migraine sufferers face, new research from Datamonitor has revealed that due to economic constraints within national healthcare systems, some patients aren't getting the best available treatment.
15 Feb 05
Dementia currently affects over 750,000 people in the UK, with 650,000 new cases arising each year across the European Union. Alzheimer’s disease is the major cause of dementia and accounts for about 55% of all cases. It is a progressive, degenerative disease which affects memory, judgement, orientation, behaviour and language skills, and can place an enormous stress on family caregivers, 49% of whom are over 70 years of age.
CSF Medical Communications
11 Feb 05
A significant rise in sales of InterMune's hepatitis drug Infergen, from $9.3 million in 2003 to $22.3 million in 2004, is the result of the company's focus on marketing Infergen to HCV non-responders. In targeting this vital patient sub-group, InterMune could gain a useful head start in an area of hepatitis treatment that is set to become fiercely competitive in the years ahead.
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