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FDA grants Genentech’s cobimetinib Priority Review for melanoma

Thursday, February 19, 2015 01:00 PM

The FDA has accepted and granted Priority Review for Genentech’s, a member of the Roche Group, NDA for cobimetinib in combination with Zelboraf (vemurafenib) for the treatment of people with BRAF V600 mutation-positive advanced melanoma. The FDA will make a decision on approval by Aug. 11.

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NIH trial compares three drugs for diabetic macular edema

Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:49 PM

In an NIH-supported clinical trial comparing three drugs for diabetic macular edema (DME), Eylea (aflibercept) provided greater visual improvement, on average, than did Avastin (bevacizumab) or Lucentis (ranibizumab) when vision was 20/50 or worse at the start of the trial. However, the three drugs resulted in similar average improvement when starting vision was 20/40 to 20/32. Investigators found no major differences in the safety of the three drugs. The trial was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the NIH.

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Apellis enters clinical testing in age-related macular degeneration program

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 03:36 PM

Apellis Pharmaceuticals has begun the phase I clinical trial of its drug compound APL-2 in patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Advanced Inhalation Therapies receives Orphan Drug designation Cystic Fibrosis treatment

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 03:04 PM

The FDA has granted Orphan Drug designation to AIT-CF, Advanced Inhalation Therapies' (AIT) proprietary high dose formulation of nitric oxide (NO) for adjunctive treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF). In the U.S., Orphan Drug designation provides a variety of incentives, including seven years of market exclusivity, should AIT-CF receive FDA approval.

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Baxter presents positive data from pivotal study of BAX 855 for hemophilia A

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 02:58 PM

Baxter International has presented additional efficacy and safety data from the phase III pivotal study of BAX 855, an investigational, extended half-life recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) treatment for hemophilia A based on ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)].

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Vyvanse is FDA-approved for moderate to severe binge eating disorder

Thursday, February 5, 2015 01:29 PM

The FDA has approved Shire’s Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) Capsules (CII), the first and only medication for the treatment of moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED) in adults, shown to significantly reduce the mean number of binge days per week. Vyvanse is not indicated or recommended for weight loss or the treatment of obesity. Other sympathomimetic drugs used for weight loss have been associated with serious cardiovascular reactions.

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Ebola vaccine trial opens in Liberia

Thursday, February 5, 2015 01:09 PM

A large clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of two experimental vaccines to prevent Ebola virus infection now is open to volunteers in Liberia. The trial is being led by a recently formed Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership and is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia or PREVAIL, a phase II/III study, is designed to enroll approximately 27,000 healthy men and women aged 18 years and older.

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NIHR, Janssen partner on rheumatoid arthritis biological treatments

Thursday, February 5, 2015 12:50 PM

A new clinical research study has been launched that will explore why the current gold standard biological treatment for people with rheumatoid arthritis does not work in around a third of patients. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) study in partnership with Janssen will investigate key mechanisms associated with a lack of response to this treatment and its findings should open new routes for developing therapies for these patients.

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The CenterWatch Monthly, February 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015 08:00 AM

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Shire's SHP609 receives FDA Fast Track designation

Thursday, January 29, 2015 01:27 PM

The FDA has granted Fast Track designation for Shire’s SHP609 (idursulfase-IT; also known as HGT-2310) for the treatment of neurocognitive decline associated with Hunter syndrome (mucopolysaccharidosis II or MPSII).

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