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Obama outlines his Precision Medicine Initiative

Friday, January 30, 2015 12:31 PM

Building on President Obama’s announcement in his State of the Union Address, the administration is unveiling details about the Precision Medicine Initiative, a new research effort to revolutionize how to improve health and treat disease.

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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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FDA approves Natpara for blood calcium levels related to hypoparathyroidism

Thursday, January 29, 2015 01:15 PM

The FDA has approved Natpara (parathyroid horomone) to control hypocalcemia (low blood calcium levels) in patients with hypoparathyroidism, a rare disease that affects approximately 60,000 people in the U.S.

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Dr. Robert Califf named FDA deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco

Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:02 AM

FDA commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., has appointed Robert Califf, M.D., a global leader in cardiology, clinical research and medical economics, as FDA deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco.  

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Report: regulatory innovation should adapt to new health economy

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 01:25 PM

Consumers and drug and device manufacturers are changing practices and shifting attitudes toward the FDA.

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WCCT, Stanford University laboratory to collaborate

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:09 PM

WCCT Global, a CRO headquartered in Southern California, has established a collaboration agreement with researchers in Dr. Garry P. Nolan's laboratory from the department of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University. Together with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), WCCT Global currently is conducting influenza infection studies in healthy volunteers and is the first CRO to conduct such studies in North America.

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Second Turkish man sentenced for smuggling counterfeit cancer drugs

Monday, January 26, 2015 12:41 PM

The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri has sentenced Sabahhadin Akman, an owner of the Turkish firm Ozay Pharmaceuticals, to 30 months imprisonment and a $150,000 fine for smuggling counterfeit, misbranded and adulterated cancer treatment drugs into the U.S., including multiple shipments of Altuzan, the Turkish version of Avastin.

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Sen. Warren to push law establishing “swear jar” concept for drug companies facing fraud penalties to help fund NIH

Friday, January 23, 2015 02:40 PM

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts told the audience at a national healthcare advocacy conference Thursday she will introduce a new law—the Medical Innovation Act—to advance medical research.

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BIO responds to President Obama's State of the Union speech

Friday, January 23, 2015 11:53 AM

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the U.S. and in more than 30 other nations, has issued a statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

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CytRx announces FDA's removal of partial clinical hold for aldoxorubicin trials

Thursday, January 22, 2015 02:41 PM

CytRx, a biopharmaceutical R&D company specializing in oncology, has announced that the FDA has removed the partial clinical hold on the company's aldoxorubicin clinical trials. Enrollment and dosing of new patients now is permitted after study sites' Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) approve the revised trial protocols.

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