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FDA approves Jardiance to treat type 2 diabetes

Friday, August 1, 2014 01:33 PM

The FDA has approved Jardiance (empagliflozin) tablets as an addition to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

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FDA expands approved use of Imbruvica for CLL

Thursday, July 31, 2014 01:55 PM

The FDA has expanded the approved use of Imbruvica (ibrutinib) to treat patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who carry a deletion in chromosome 17 (17p deletion), which is associated with poor responses to standard treatment for CLL. Imbruvica received a Breakthrough Therapy Designation for this use.

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Noxxon initiates study of Anti-Hepcidin Spiegelmer Lexaptepid Pegol

Thursday, July 31, 2014 01:52 PM

Noxxon Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company developing proprietary therapeutics called Spiegelmers, has treated the first patient with its anti-hepcidin Spiegelmer lexaptepid pegol (NOX-H94) in a phase IIa proof-of-concept clinical trial to treat erythropoietin (EPO) hyporesponsive anemia in dialysis patients.

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Butrans Transdermal System CIII receives new dosage strength approval

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 08:00 AM

Purdue Pharma has announced that the FDA approved a new 7.5mcg/hour dosage strength of Butrans (buprenorphine) Transdermal System CIII. Five strengths of Butrans now will be available: 5mcg/hour, 7.5mcg/hour, 10mcg/hour, 15mcg/hour and 20mcg/hour. The Butrans Transdermal System also is approved to allow the use of two patches to facilitate dose adjustments during titration. The total dose from both patches should not exceed 20mcg/hour. Purdue expects to launch Butrans 7.5mcg/hour commercially in the U.S. in October 2014.

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Ruthigen treats first human subjects in clinical trial for RUT58-60

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 08:00 AM

Ruthigen, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics designed to prevent and treat infection in invasive applications, has treated the first human subjects with its drug candidate RUT58-60 in a 30 patient, 21-day skin irritation trial, which is expected to be completed in August.

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Dipexium Pharmaceuticals initiates phase III trial

Monday, July 21, 2014 08:00 AM

Dipexium Pharmaceuticals has initiated patient enrollment in the first of two pivotal phase III clinical trials, known as OneStep-1 and OneStep-2, evaluating Locilex (pexiganan cream 0.8%), the company's novel, broad-spectrum, topical antibiotic peptide, for the treatment of patients with mild infections of diabetic foot ulcers, or Mild DFI.

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FDA approves Ruconest for hereditary angioedema attacks

Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:49 AM

The FDA has approved Ruconest, the first recombinant C1-Esterase Inhibitor product for the treatment of acute attacks in adult and adolescent patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE).

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FDA approves IDE for VENITI VICI Venous Stent System

Monday, July 14, 2014 01:33 PM

Veniti, a provider of innovative technology for the treatment of venous disease, announced has received approval from the FDA for an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) to begin the VIRTUS trial of the VENITI VICI Venous Stent System. The VICI Venous Stent System was designed from inception to be compatible with the unique anatomy and pathophysiology of the venous system. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world suffer from lower-extremity venous disease, and until recently, the only treatment options available involved the use of re-purposed vascular stents originally designed for use in the arterial system.

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Health Canada approves APTIOM (eslicarbazepine acetate) for epilepsy

Monday, July 14, 2014 01:13 PM

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Canada has announced that Health Canada approved APTIOM (eslicarbazepine acetate) for use as a once-daily adjunctive therapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in patients with epilepsy who are not satisfactorily controlled with conventional therapy. APTIOM is not indicated for use in patients under 18 years of age.

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CardioCell begins phase IIa trial using itMSC therapy for chronic heart failure

Thursday, July 10, 2014 02:37 PM

CardioCell, a Stemedica Cell Technologies subsidiary that creates allogeneic stem-cell therapies for cardiovascular indications, has started its phase IIa clinical trial for chronic heart failure (HF) patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.

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