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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799582/american-urological-association-aua-112th-annual-meeting-may-12-16-2017-boston-massachusetts-usa
#1
L Hodgkinson
The American Urological Association (AUA) stands at the forefront of technology development and urological education for urologists and urological healthcare professionals worldwide. The 112th annual meeting brought together a wide range of researchers in the field of urology to access knowledge, up-to-date clinical guidelines and advances in research. The meeting consisted of plenary and moderated poster, podium and video sessions highlighting the latest research and advances in urological medicine. This report highlights some of the presentations on therapeutic developments for a range of urological conditions...
June 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799581/notable-deals-in-the-pharmaceutical-industry-in-the-first-quarter-of-2017
#2
E Cruces
During the first quarter of 2017, Cortellis Competitive Intelligence had 1,073 new deals added as part of its ongoing coverage of pharmaceutical licensing activity. This meant a slight increase on the last quarter (1,022) and a similar volume on the same quarter for the previous 1 year (1,141). However, this quarter showed a significant augment in deals worth more than USD 0.5 billion on the last quarter (17 vs. 12). This article will focus on highlighting a number of the most valuable and notable deals forged during the quarter, as well as a selection of deals from some of the most prolific deal makers...
June 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799580/risk-prediction-of-acute-kidney-injury-by-timp-2-%C3%A2-igfbp7
#3
M Kimmel, M Schanz, M D Alscher
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common syndrome with increased mortality, a heavy burden of illness and high cost. The Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) criteria for staging of AKI have been validated in large patient cohorts and classify AKI into three stages. In order to achieve prevention or early therapy, the focus of scientific interest is early detection and risk prediction of AKI. The combination of the two cell cycle arrest markers [TIMP-2]·[IGFBP7] in the urine shows good results in the risk prediction of AKI in different clinical settings (intensive care medicine, sepsis, cardiac surgery, emergency department)...
June 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799579/tramadol-hydrochloride-75-mg-dexketoprofen-25-mg-oral-fixed-dose-combination-in-moderate-to-severe-acute-pain-sustained-analgesic-effect-over-a-56-h-period-in-the-postoperative-setting
#4
A Montero Matamala, M Bertolotti, M P Contini, C Guerrero Bayón, A Nizzardo, I Paredes Lario, B Pizà Vallespir, S Scartoni, G Tonini, A Capriati, A Pellacani
Multimodal analgesia constitutes a common strategy in pain management. A tramadol hydrochloride 75 mg/dexketoprofen 25 mg oral fixed combination (TRAM/DKP 75 mg/25 mg) has been recently registered and released in Europe for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain. This paper provides additional analyses on the results of two phase III clinical trials (DEX-TRA-04 and DEX-TRA-05) on postoperative pain to document its sustained effect. The analysis was applied to a modified intention-to-treat population (mITT, n = 933) of patients undergoing active treatment from the first dose, to assess the sustained effect of TRAM/DKP 75 mg/25 mg on pain intensity (PI-VAS 0-100) over 56 h from first drug intake...
June 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799578/nusinersen-antisense-oligonucleotide-to-increase-smn-protein-production-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#5
D M Paton
Patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) have an autosomal recessive disease that limits their ability to produce survival motor neuron (SMN) protein in the CNS resulting in progressive wasting of voluntary muscles. Detailed studies over several years have demonstrated that phosphorothioate and 2'-O-methoxyethyl- modified antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) targeting the ISS-N1 site increase SMN2 exon 7 inclusion, thus increasing levels of SMN protein in a dose- and time-dependent manner in liver, kidney and skeletal muscle, and CNS tissues only when administered intrathecally...
June 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650003/american-academy-of-neurology-69th-annual-meeting-april-22-28-2017-boston-massachusetts-usa
#6
C Dulsat
The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is the largest conference convening neurology professionals from all over the world to share and discuss the latest breakthroughs in neurology treatment. The conference covers basic scientific research to clinical application through a wide range and interesting programs. This report covers some of the therapeutic highlights presented during the conference.
May 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650002/cabozantinib-use-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
#7
A J Neuwelt, S Mathur, A T Johnson, E R Kessler, D W Bowles
In the last several years, many new drugs have been approved to treat metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Cabozantinib is a novel multikinase inhibitor with activity against vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR), proto-oncogene tyrosine-protein kinase receptor Ret and other kinases that recently joined this impressive list of approved agents. Cabozantinib is an active agent in the preclinical and clinical setting, having recently demonstrated superiority over everolimus in a blinded, randomized phase III study of patients with progressive RCC after at least one prior line of antiangiogenic therapy...
May 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650001/brodalumab-the-first-anti-il-17-receptor-agent-for-psoriasis
#8
L Puig
Psoriasis is a chronic immune-mediated inflammatory skin disease in which the alteration of the interleukin-23 (IL-23)/IL-17 cytokine axis appears to be crucial from a pathogenetic perspective. This has been confirmed by the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies blocking IL-17A, such as secukinumab and ixekizumab. Brodalumab is a human anti-IL-17 receptor A (IL-17RA) monoclonal antibody that inhibits the biological activity of IL-17A, IL-17F and other IL-17 isoforms, and has been approved (210 mg s.c. at weeks 0, 1, 2 and every 2 weeks thereafter) for the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris, psoriatic arthritis, pustular psoriasis and psoriatic erythroderma in Japan (Lumicef)...
May 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650000/andexanet-alfa-a-recombinant-mimetic-of-human-factor-xa-for-the-reversal-of-anticoagulant-therapies
#9
G Escolar, M Diaz-Ricart, E Arellano-Rodrigo
Activated coagulation factor X (FXa) is a common target for classic and newer anticoagulants. Parenteral anticoagulants with an indirect inhibitory action on FXa (low-molecular-weight heparins) have a well-established clinical efficacy in the prophylaxis and therapy of thromboembolic conditions. More recently developed direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have emerged as a new class of antithrombotic drugs. Rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are direct inhibitors of FXa approved for the management of venous thromboembolism and stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation...
May 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492293/european-association-of-urology-32nd-annual-congress-march-24-28-2017-london-uk
#10
R Sharman
The European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress is Europe's biggest urological event and this year's meeting, in London, UK, brought together more than 13,000 participants from over 100 countries to discuss the latest research in this field. With 5 days' worth of lectures, debates, learning courses, presentations and live surgeries the congress provided plenty of opportunity to learn from the 1,400 experts presenting, as well as to network with international peers.
April 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492292/olaratumab-for-the-treatment-of-soft-tissue-sarcoma
#11
REVIEW
H A Deshpande, M Cecchini, S Ni Choileain, R Jones
Soft tissue sarcoma represents about 1% of all solid malignancies. The standard chemotherapy regimens have included doxorubicin alone or in combination with other agents. Despite recent advances in treatment beyond first line - with the FDA approval of pazopanib, eribulin and trabectidin - overall survival for patients with metastatic disease remains in the region of 12-19 months. Olaratumab is a monoclonal antibody directed against platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRalpha). It was studied in a phase Ib and randomized phase II study in combination with doxorubicin in patients with soft tissue sarcoma who previously had not received doxorubicin for metastatic disease...
April 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492291/crisaborole-phosphodiesterase-inhibitor-for-treatment-of-atopic-dermatitis
#12
REVIEW
D M Paton
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an extremely common condition affecting as many as 10-20% of children and 2-10% of adults. A particularly distressing symptom of AD is pruritus. One of the important aspects of AD is inflammation associated with increased activity of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4), resulting in decreased intracellular levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate, which in turn causes increased production of inflammatory cytokines. Crisaborole was developed as a small-molecule, boron-based, selective PDE4 inhibitor that can be used topically...
April 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492290/atezolizumab-a-novel-pd-l1-inhibitor-in-cancer-therapy-with-a-focus-in-bladder-and-non-small-cell-lung-cancers
#13
REVIEW
A Krishnamurthy, A Jimeno
In recent years, immunotherapy has come to the forefront as a major development in cancer treatment. Evasion of the immune system by tumor cells has been identified as one of the hallmarks of cancer and multiple therapies have been developed to counter this process. Programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD-L1), a ligand to programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), is expressed by many cancer cells and the binding of PD-L1 to PD-1 results in the suppression of T-cell-mediated immune response against cancer cells. Atezolizumab is a monoclonal antibody that binds to PD-L1 and blocks its interaction with PD-1, thereby enhancing T-cell activity against tumor cells...
April 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447077/evidence-europe-2017-london-uk-february-22-23-2017
#14
A Kibble
As the political backdrop changes in both the U.S. and Europe, volatility in the pharma industry is beginning to be felt as the sector becomes sensitive to the uncertainty. U.S. President Trump has stated he will pursue an agenda against high U.S. drug prices and is expected to seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act, while in Europe, Brexit casts further unknowns in regulatory authorization procedures, trade and external reference pricing. With these factors in mind, Terrapin's Evidence Europe meeting provided for a very topical discussion on the use of evidence to define and communicate value in healthcare...
March 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447076/promising-cardiovascular-and-blood-pressure-effects-of-the-sglt2-inhibitors-a-new-class-of-antidiabetic-drugs
#15
REVIEW
S G Chrysant
Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) exhibit an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) events. Treatment of these patients with traditional as well as newer glucose-lowering drugs has not demonstrated superiority in CV outcomes compared to placebo, despite effective control of diabetes. However, the recently FDA-approved sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors for the treatment of T2DM have demonstrated promising CV-protecting and blood pressure-lowering effects in addition to their effectiveness in glucose lowering, making them a novel class of drugs for the treatment of T2DM...
March 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447075/sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-fixed-dose-combination-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#16
REVIEW
V Nehra, S A Rizza, Z Temesgen
The fixed-dose combination of sofosbuvir, a nucleotide analogue NS5B polymerase inhibitor, and velpatasvir, a second-generation NS5A inhibitor, has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 infection. This combination, administered over 12 weeks as a single-tablet regimen, has resulted in high cure rates in all 6 HCV genotypes and in a variety of patient populations, including patients without cirrhosis, patients with compensated cirrhosis and patients with HIV coinfection...
March 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447074/chidamide-tablets-hdac-inhibition-to-treat-lymphoma
#17
REVIEW
Y Xu, P Zhang, Y Liu
Chidamide is the first oral subtype-selective histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACI) approved in China as well as the first HDACI of the benzamide class approved for the treatment of relapsed and refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL). This review addresses detailed information regarding chidamide, including the mechanism of action, preclinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and metabolism, clinical studies and application, safety, drug interactions and ongoing clinical trials. Although twice-weekly chidamide monotherapy has been recommended based on the evidence from preclinical and clinical studies with tolerable toxicities, its clinical efficacy could be further increased by combination with multidrug chemotherapy or chemo-free regimens...
March 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387389/the-year-s-new-drugs-biologics-2016-part-ii-trends-and-highlights-of-an-unforgettable-year
#18
A I Graul, C Dulsat, M Tracy, E Cruces
This eagle's-eye overview of the drug industry in 2016 provides insight into some of last year's top stories, including disease outbreaks that drove R&D, orphan drug development, pipeline attrition, drug pricing, and the ongoing movement in M&A. We also consider recent political events in the U.S. and U.K. and their potential impact on the industry in the years to come, and take a glimpse into the crystal ball to anticipate the new drugs that may be approved in 2017.
February 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387388/new-frontiers-in-oncology-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-combination-therapy
#19
REVIEW
G Romano, A Gawlinski
Substantial progress has been achieved in recent years in the field of cancer immunotherapy, with various strategies employed to elicit a host immune response against the tumor. Monoclonal antibodies have been successfully utilized in clinical trials to block key mediators of immune checkpoint pathways, including cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4, programmed cell death protein 1 and programmed cell death 1 ligand 1. Patients with a range of malignancies have been treated in these clinical trials, and significant benefits were reported among the majority of participants...
February 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387387/deutetrabenazine-treatment-of-hyperkinetic-aspects-of-huntington-s-disease-tardive-dyskinesia-and-tourette-syndrome
#20
REVIEW
D M Paton
Deutetrabenazine is a derivative of tetrabenazine in which two trideuteromethoxy groups substitute two methoxy groups. The active metabolites of deutetrabenazine have a longer half-life than those of tetrabenazine, together with a greater overall absorption. However, the peak plasma concentrations are lower. Because of these pharmacokinetic differences, deutetrabenazine can be given twice daily, thus improving compliance. The lower peak concentrations may account for a lower incidence of some unwanted adverse effects...
February 2017: Drugs of Today
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