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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905255/benefit-risk-profile-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-modulators-in-relapsing-and-secondary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
#1
Giancarlo Comi, Hans-Peter Hartung, Rajesh Bakshi, Ian M Williams, Heinz Wiendl
Since the approval of fingolimod, several selective sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulators have entered clinical development for multiple sclerosis. However, side effects can occur with sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulators. By considering short-term data across the drug class and longer term fingolimod data, we aim to highlight the potential of sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulators in multiple sclerosis, while offering reassurance that their benefit-risk profiles are suitable for long-term therapy...
September 13, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900904/lonoctocog-alfa-a-review-in-haemophilia-a
#2
Zaina T Al-Salama, Lesley J Scott
Lonoctocog alfa (rVIII-SingleChain; Afstyla(®)) is a novel single-chain recombinant factor VIII (FVIII) molecule, with a truncated B-domain and the heavy and light chains covalently linked to form a stable and homogenous drug that binds with high affinity to von Willebrand factor (VWF). Intravenous lonoctocog alfa is approved for the prophylaxis and treatment of bleeding in patients with haemophilia A in several countries worldwide. In two pivotal, multicentre trials, lonoctocog alfa was effective in the treatment of bleeding episodes and as prophylaxis, including for perioperative management in adults, adolescents and children...
September 12, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900897/ulipristal-acetate-a-review-in-symptomatic-uterine-fibroids
#3
Karly P Garnock-Jones, Sean T Duggan
Oral ulipristal acetate (Esmya(®); Fibristal(®)), a synthetic selective progesterone receptor modulator, is the first selective progesterone modulator to be approved for the treatment of uterine fibroids. It was initially approved for the preoperative treatment of moderate to severe uterine fibroid symptoms in women of reproductive age. Recently, the indication was extended in the EU to include the intermittent treatment of moderate to severe uterine fibroid symptoms. This narrative review summarizes pharmacological, efficacy and tolerability data relevant to the preoperative and intermittent use of ulipristal acetate in patients with symptomatic uterine fibroids...
September 12, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884417/neratinib-first-global-approval
#4
Emma D Deeks
Neratinib (Nerlynx™) is an oral, irreversible inhibitor of the human epidermal growth factor receptors HER1 (EGFR), HER2 and HER4. The drug originally arose from research by Wyeth (now Pfizer) and is now being developed by Puma Biotechnology primarily for the treatment of HER2-positive (HER+) breast cancer. Neratinib is approved in the USA for the extended adjuvant treatment of patients with HER2+ early-stage breast cancer who have been previously treated with a trastuzumab-based adjuvant regimen, and is in the preregistration phase for this indication in the EU...
September 7, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879540/enasidenib-first-global-approval
#5
Esther S Kim
Enasidenib (Idhifa(®)) is an oral isocitrate dehydrogenase-2 (IDH2) inhibitor developed by Celgene Corporation under a global, exclusive license from Agios Pharmaceuticals. Enasidenib has been approved in the USA for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and an IDH2 mutation as detected by an FDA-approved test. It is at various stages of development in other countries for AML, myelodysplastic syndromes and solid tumours. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of enasidenib leading to this first global approval in the USA for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory IDH2-mutated AML...
September 6, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865063/potential-role-of-thyroid-receptor-%C3%AE-agonists-in-the-treatment-of-hyperlipidemia
#6
Tomas Jakobsson, Lise-Lotte Vedin, Paolo Parini
Thyroid hormones have important effects on cellular development, growth, and metabolism and are necessary for the healthy function of almost all tissues. Hyperthyroid patients with excess thyroid hormone levels experience tachycardia, fatigue, muscle wasting, and osteoporosis. However, although high thyroid hormone levels have adverse effects, efforts have been made to harness the beneficial effects, such as reduced serum low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, elevated basal metabolic rate, and weight loss...
September 2, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864965/pharmacological-management-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
#7
Geetha Mukerji, Denice S Feig
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes in the setting of poor glycemic control. The initial management for GDM includes intensive lifestyle modification, which often requires behavioral and nutritional changes to optimize glycemic control. Pharmacotherapy for GDM is initiated when glycemic targets are not met. The rapid-acting bolus analogues aspart and lispro achieve postprandial targets with less hypoglycemia compared to regular insulin, with similar fetal outcomes...
September 2, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865041/bezlotoxumab-a-review-in-preventing-clostridium-difficile-infection-recurrence
#8
Emma D Deeks
Bezlotoxumab (Zinplava™) is a fully human monoclonal antibody against Clostridium difficile toxin B indicated for the prevention of C. difficile infection (CDI) recurrence in patients with a high recurrence risk. It is the first agent approved for recurrence prevention and is administered as a single intravenous infusion in conjunction with standard-of-care (SoC) antibacterial treatment for CDI. In well-designed, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trials (MODIFY 1 and 2), a single infusion of bezlotoxumab, given in combination with SoC antibacterial therapy for CDI in adults, was effective in reducing CDI recurrence in the 12 weeks post-treatment, with this benefit being seen mainly in the patients at high recurrence risk...
September 1, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864877/clinical-assessment-and-management-of-delirium-in-the-palliative-care-setting
#9
Shirley Harvey Bush, Sallyanne Tierney, Peter Gerard Lawlor
Delirium is a neurocognitive syndrome arising from acute global brain dysfunction, and is prevalent in up to 42% of patients admitted to palliative care inpatient units. The symptoms of delirium and its associated communicative impediment invariably generate high levels of patient and family distress. Furthermore, delirium is associated with significant patient morbidity and increased mortality in many patient populations, especially palliative care where refractory delirium is common in the dying phase. As the clinical diagnosis of delirium is frequently missed by the healthcare team, the case for regular screening is arguably very compelling...
September 1, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864863/fampridine-prolonged-release-a-review-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-with-walking-disability
#10
Esther S Kim
Oral fampridine prolonged release (PR) [Fampyra(®)] is a lipid-soluble selective potassium channel blocker that is approved in the EU for the improvement of walking in adult multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with walking disability (expanded disability status scale score of 4-7). In clinical trials (MS-F203 and MS-F204) using an objective measure of walking improvement [the timed 25-foot walk (T25FW)], more than one-third of patients receiving fampridine PR achieved a consistent on-treatment improvement in walking speed (i...
September 1, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853058/pharmacological-management-of-chronic-rhinosinusitis-current-and-evolving-treatments
#11
Daniel M Beswick, Stacey T Gray, Timothy L Smith
Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is an inflammatory sinonasal condition with multiple etiologic factors that is associated with a vast economic cost. Treatment is most frequently pharmacologic and has centered on agents that ameliorate inflammation, decrease bacterial or pathogen load, and facilitate egress of mucus or purulence from the sinonasal cavity. Nasal saline irrigations, topical nasal steroids, certain antibiotics, and systemic steroids have shown some efficacy in the management of CRS. Recently, biologic therapeutics that target specific inflammatory pathways associated with subsets of CRS have been developed and evaluated...
August 29, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853033/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-duration-reconciling-the-inconsistencies
#12
REVIEW
Francesco Costa, Stephan Windecker, Marco Valgimigli
Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) prevents recurrent ischemic events after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) as well as stent thrombosis (ST) in patients with prior stent implantation. Nevertheless, these benefits are counterbalanced by a significant bleeding hazard, which is directly related to the treatment duration. Although DAPT has been extensively studied in numerous clinical trials, optimal treatment duration is still debated, mostly because of apparent inconsistencies among studies. Shortened treatment duration of 6 or 3 months was shown to mitigate bleeding risk compared with consensus-grounded 12-month standard duration, without any apparent excess of ischemic events...
August 29, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840541/drugs-in-clinical-development-for-fungal-infections
#13
Maria F Gonzalez-Lara, Jose Sifuentes-Osornio, Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner
Despite increasing rates of invasive fungal infections being reported globally, only a single antifungal drug has been approved during the last decade. Resistance, toxicity, drug interactions and restricted routes of administration remain unresolved issues. This review focuses on new antifungal compounds which are currently in various clinical phases of development. We discuss two azoles with a tetrazole moiety that allows selective activity against the fungal CYP: VT-1161 for Candida infections and VT-1129 for cryptococcal meningoencephalitis...
August 24, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836175/canagliflozin-a-review-in-type-2-diabetes
#14
Emma D Deeks, André J Scheen
Canagliflozin (Invokana(®)) is a sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor indicated in various countries worldwide for the once-daily oral treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Canagliflozin lowers blood glucose levels independently of insulin, with the inhibition of SGLT2 reducing renal reabsorption of glucose and increasing excretion of glucose in the urine. In well-designed clinical trials, canagliflozin (as first-line monotherapy or add-on therapy to other antihyperglycaemic agents) improved glycaemic control in adults with T2D, including those of older age and/or at high cardiovascular (CV) risk, and also had beneficial effects on their bodyweight and blood pressure (BP)...
August 23, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819821/anti-pd-1-antibodies-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-in-classical-hodgkin-lymphoma
#15
REVIEW
Michael D Jain, John Kuruvilla
Classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) is defined by malignant Reed-Sternberg (RS) cells that recruit non-malignant immune cells into a supportive tumour microenvironment. In cHL, this is driven, in part, by genomic alterations of the 9p24.1 locus encoding the immune checkpoint ligands PD-L1 and PD-L2. Therapeutic anti-PD-1 antibodies have been developed that competitively inhibit the interaction between PD-1 and its ligands. Clinical trials of anti-PD-1 antibodies in cHL demonstrate high overall response rates but relapses still occur and new clinical challenges exist for toxicity management and response assessment...
August 17, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819740/inotuzumab-ozogamicin-first-global-approval
#16
Yvette N Lamb
Intravenous inotuzumab ozogamicin (Besponsa(®); Pfizer) is an anti-CD22 monoclonal antibody-calicheamicin conjugate that binds to CD22-expressing tumour cells. Upon binding, the complex is internalised and the cytotoxic calicheamicin derivative is released inside the cell, inducing double-strand DNA breakage and subsequent cell death. In June 2017, the EMA granted inotuzumab ozogamicin approval as monotherapy for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory CD22-positive B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)...
August 17, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819727/abiraterone-acetate-a-review-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostrate-cancer
#17
Lesley J Scott
Oral abiraterone acetate (Zytiga(®)) is a selective inhibitor of CYP17 and thereby inhibits androgen biosynthesis, with androgen signalling crucial in the progression from primary to metastatic prostate cancer (PC) and subsequently, in the development of metastatic castration-resistant PC (mCRPC). In large phase 3 trials and in the clinical practice setting, oral abiraterone acetate in combination with prednisone was an effective treatment and had an acceptable, manageable tolerability and safety profile in chemotherapy-naive and docetaxel-experienced men with mCRPC...
August 17, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819723/guselkumab-first-global-approval
#18
Anthony Markham
Guselkumab (Tremfya™) is a human monoclonal IgG1λ antibody being developed by Janssen Biotech, Inc. that has been approved in the USA as a treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Guselkumab inhibits the binding of interleukin 23 (IL-23) to its cell surface receptor, disrupting the type 17 helper T cell/IL-17 pathway. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of guselkumab leading to this first approval for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy...
August 17, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791655/current-and-emerging-options-for-the-management-of-inherited-von-willebrand-disease
#19
REVIEW
Jessica M Heijdra, Marjon H Cnossen, Frank W G Leebeek
Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder with an estimated prevalence of ~1% and clinically relevant bleeding symptoms in approximately 1:10,000 individuals. VWD is caused by a deficiency and/or defect of von Willebrand factor (VWF). The most common symptoms are mucocutaneous bleeding, hematomas, and bleeding after trauma or surgery. For decades, treatment to prevent or treat bleeding has consisted of desmopressin in milder cases and of replacement therapy with plasma-derived concentrates containing VWF and Factor VIII (FVIII) in more severe cases...
August 8, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791654/pharmacotherapy-of-myelofibrosis
#20
REVIEW
Douglas Tremblay, Bridget Marcellino, John Mascarenhas
Myelofibrosis (MF) is a myeloproliferative neoplasm that is pathologically characterized by bone marrow myeloproliferation, reticulin and collagen fibrosis, and extramedullary hematopoiesis. Constitutive activation of the Janus associated kinase (JAK)-signal transducers and activators of transcription signaling pathway with resultant elevation in pro-inflammatory cytokine levels is the pathogenic hallmark of MF. JAK inhibitors, namely ruxolitinib, have been successful in alleviating symptoms and reducing splenomegaly, but therapy-related myelosuppression has led to the further development of highly selective JAK2 inhibitors...
August 8, 2017: Drugs
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