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Pharma Industry / Biotech Industry News From Medical News Today

The pharmaceutical and biotech Industry continues to evolve and change on a seemingly daily basis. Depending on their size and strategy, pharma companies may conduct extensive research in-house, or they may seek to license promising drugs from academia, o

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Alzheimer's: Are we on the right path to new drugs?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:00:00 PST

Following the news that Alzheimer's drug solanezumab has failed clinical trials, we look at whether researchers are on the right track for new treatments

Survey of New York City soil uncovers medicine-making microbes

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Microbes have long been an invaluable source of new drugs. And to find more, we may have to look no further than the ground beneath our feet.

Researcher suggests kratom may have medical benefit as opioid alternative

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A delayed U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ban on kratom would stifle scientific understanding of the herb's active chemical components and documented pharmacologic properties if implemented...

Experts call for fair vaccine pricing, not 'random acts of charity'

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Drug companies should stop using donations to atone those who cannot afford expensive vaccines and instead lower prices, argue experts in The BMJ.

Greater efforts are needed to encourage patients to report adverse drug reactions

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

In a review of published studies addressing patients' perceptions and factors influencing their reporting of adverse drug reactions, most patients were not aware of reporting systems and others...

Study examines rates, causes of emergency department visits for adverse drug events

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The prevalence of emergency department visits for adverse drug events in the United States was estimated to be 4 per 1,000 individuals in 2013 and 2014, and the most common drug classes involved...

Muscular dystrophy: Cancer drug may boost muscle strength for some patients

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:00:00 PST

Researchers reveal how the cancer drug sunitinib may reduce muscle weakness for patients with facioscapulohumeral dystrophy - a form of muscular dystrophy.

Dementia risk greater for AF patients with use of blood-thinning drugs

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

New research finds patients who use anticoagulants - especially those with irregular heartbeat - may be at greater risk of developing dementia.

New compound eases pain like marijuana, without the 'high'

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers have identified a compound that alleviates chronic pain in the same way as marijuana, but without the side effects of the drug.

Catching a tumor in a spider's web

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

New technology platform exploits the power of protein aggregation to develop novel medicines.

Expensive new cancer drugs have little effect on survival of many cancers

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Despite considerable investment and innovation, new cancer drugs approved in the past 10 years may have little effect on survival in adults with cancer, raising a number of concerns, argues an...

Making skin 'leaky' to improve drug delivery

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Scientists use atmospheric microplasma to improve uptake of drug compounds through the skin by disrupting the impermeable outer layer of the skin.

Prescription opioids blamed for rise in pediatric poisonings

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PST

Widespread use of prescription opioids has been linked to a dramatic rise in drug-related emergencies and hospitalization among children and adolescents.

3D tumors grown in the lab provide new perspective for cancer drug discovery

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PST

Understanding how cells within tumors respond to drugs is a critical issue in anticancer drug development.

New formulation of ibuprofen may be superior for pain relief than the current version

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PST

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that formulating ibuprofen with arginine might be the key to negating the cardiovascular side effects of the drug.

A step forward in building functional human tissues

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Toward the ultimate goal of engineering human tissues and organs that can mimic native function for use in drug screening, disease modeling, and regenerative medicine, a Wyss Institute team led by...

Big data analysis is "next frontier" in identifying harmful drug interactions

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Coupling data mining of adverse event reports and electronic health records with targeted laboratory experiments, researchers found a way to identify and confirm previously unknown drug...

Lack of bacterial absorption means common pharmaceuticals retain potential to cause damage in aquatic environments

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

More sophisticated methods may be required to assess the accumulation and wider impact of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals within the aquatic environment, scientists have said.

Copay assistance is the problem, not the solution to high drug prices, policy experts say

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:00:00 PST

Copay assistance is part of the drug pricing problem, not a solution to it, according to several health policy experts in a commentary published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Breakthrough in analytical sciences could lead to medical revolution

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PST

Pharmaceutical research could be quicker and more precise, thanks to an innovative breakthrough in the analytical sciences from the University of Warwick.

Making medications safer for newborns

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Although new drugs must be shown to be both safe and effective for approval by the Food and Drug Administration, sick newborns receive most of their drug treatment off-label and without the...

Cancer: Shutting down fat synthesis in cancer cells stunts tumor growth

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PST

Using an enzyme-blocking molecule that shuts down fat synthesis in cancer cells, researchers stunt tumor growth in transplanted cells and animal models.

Multiple sclerosis: Progression-reduction drug in the pipeline

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

Research has found that experimental drug, laquinimod, could potentially reduce the progression and may even prevent the development of multiple sclerosis.

Study reveals scope and characteristics of adverse drug reactions in the general population

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

In a study of 1000 adult patients with unplanned admission to a tertiary hospital in Singapore, the prevalence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) at the time of admission was 12.

Stem cell-based screening methods may predict heart-related side effects of drugs

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

Coaxing stem cells from patients to become heart cells may help clinicians personalize drug treatments and prevent heart-related toxicity.