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ClinicalRM tests convalescent plasma therapy for Ebola treatment

Monday, December 15, 2014 01:24 PM

Clinical Research Management (ClinicalRM), a full-service CRO with headquarters in Ohio, has announced that the clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of Ebola convalescent plasma (ECP) for the treatment of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia has commenced. The first donor survivors at the ELWA Hospital 2 unit in Monrovia, Liberia have undergone plasmapheresis. The donated convalescent plasma was transferred to a Liberian patient with EVD in an effort to help them combat this disease. The ClinicalRM trial is being funded through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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FDA expands approved use of Cyramza to treat aggressive non-small cell lung cancer

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:50 PM

The FDA has expanded the approved use of Cyramza (ramucirumab) to treat patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Anergis starts phase II trial with birch pollen allergy vaccine AllerT

Monday, December 15, 2014 08:00 AM

Anergis, a Swiss-based company developing proprietary ultra-fast allergy vaccines, has begun a phase II trial designed to finalize the dose selection for the phase III study of AllerT. AllerT is Anergis´ lead vaccine against birch pollen allergy that originated from the company´s proprietary Contiguous Overlapping Peptide (COP) platform. COPs are pharmaceutical-grade, long-peptide immunotherapeutics designed for an ultra-fast, safe and long-lasting treatment of allergy patients.

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Amgen initiates trial of Talimogene Laherparepvec and Merck's Keytruda

Thursday, December 11, 2014 01:46 PM

Amgen has initiated a trial of talimogene laherparepvec, an investigational oncolytic immunotherapy, in combination with an investigational use of Merck's FDA approved, anti-PD-1 therapy, Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in patients with regionally or distantly metastatic melanoma. The trial has enrolled its first patient and will evaluate the combination of these two therapies in approximately 110 patients across 35 clinical trial sites in the U.S., Australia and Europe.

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Neurocrine Biosciences expands clinical pipeline

Thursday, December 11, 2014 01:12 PM

Neurocrine Biosciences has announced that NBI-77860, a proprietary corticotropin releasing factor 1 (CRF) receptor antagonist, has entered clinical trials for the treatment of classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) a disease that affects approximately 20,000-30,000 people in the U.S. The company has successfully completed a pilot clinical trial in adults with classic CAH and is initiating an open-label, single ascending dose trial in approximately 15 adolescent females with classic CAH, the 1401 Study.

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FDA expands Gardasil 9 approval

Thursday, December 11, 2014 01:07 PM

The FDA has approved Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) for the prevention of certain diseases caused by nine types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Covering nine HPV types, five more HPV types than Gardasil (previously approved by the FDA), Gardasil 9 has the potential to prevent approximately 90% of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers.

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FDA approves Blincyto (Blinatumomab) for leukemia

Thursday, December 4, 2014 02:20 PM

The FDA has granted approval of Amgen’s Blincyto (blinatumomab) for the treatment of patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative (Ph-) relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). This indication is approved under accelerated approval.

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FDA issues final rule on changes to pregnancy and lactation labeling information

Thursday, December 4, 2014 02:03 PM

The FDA has published a final rule that sets standards for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented in the labeling of prescription drugs and biological products. The new content and formatting requirements will provide a more consistent way to include relevant information about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs and biological products used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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First MS patients in the U.S. receive Genzyme’s Lemtrada following FDA approval

Thursday, December 4, 2014 01:43 PM

Genzyme, a Sanofi company, has announced that the first U.S. patients have initiated treatment with Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) in the commercial setting following its Nov. 14 FDA approval for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of its safety profile, the use of Lemtrada should generally be reserved for patients who have had an inadequate response to two or more drugs indicated for the treatment of MS.

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The CenterWatch Monthly, December 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014 01:45 PM

Growing adoption of feasibility review committees

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