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Drugs of Today

S Klischies
The annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is the largest medical congress in Europe for this area of research and took place this year in Barcelona, Spain. The ESC Congress 2017 gathered more than 30,000 registered participants from over 140 countries together to share their knowledge in all cardiovascular fields, from basic science to management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. The congress comprised 5 days of science and education with over 11,000 abstracts submitted, 500 expert sessions and over 200 exhibiting companies, making it the prime meeting platform for the profession...
December 2017: Drugs of Today
A Choudhry, S M O'Brien
Inotuzumab ozogamicin is an antibody-drug conjugate comprised of a humanized anti-CD22 monoclonal antibody conjugated to calicheamicin, a cytotoxic antibiotic agent. Inotuzumab ozogamicin binds to CD22-expressing tumor cells, resulting in apoptotic cell death. Based on the results of the pivotal, phase III INO-VATE trial in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), approval of inotuzumab ozogamicin was recently granted for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory ALL, a group that otherwise has a poor prognosis with standard chemotherapy...
December 2017: Drugs of Today
M Alsharedi, R Srivastava, N Elmsherghi
Immunotherapy has revolutionized cancer care in the modern era of oncology. Research in immunotherapy has led to important advances in the treatment of melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer and other malignancies using checkpoint inhibition. Multiple systemic immunotherapies have been approved or are currently being investigated for the management of urothelial malignancies (1). Five antibodies targeting the programmed cell death protein 1--programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD-1--PD-L1) pathway have been approved by the U...
December 2017: Drugs of Today
M G Matera, P Rogliani, L Calzetta, G W Canonica, M Cazzola
Benralizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody directed at the a subunit of the interleukin-5 receptor (IL-5R) that is under clinical development. The binding of benralizumab with the alpha chain of IL-5R results in inhibition of hetero-oligomerization of alpha and beta subunits and thus no signal transduction occurs. Consequently, this inhibition prevents proliferation of eosinophils and basophils and the cascade of events following it. Several pivotal trials have documented that benralizumab reduces asthma exacerbation rates with a significant increase in time to the next exacerbation, statistically improves prebronchodilator forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and disease-specific health-related quality of life, and is well tolerated in patients with severe asthma and blood eosinophil counts greater than or equal to 150 cells/mcL...
December 2017: Drugs of Today
E Torramadé
The 25th United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW), the largest European conference centered on diseases of the stomach, bowel, esophagus, liver, pancreas and gallbladder, was held in Barcelona, Spain. This 5-day meeting attracted over 13,000 delegates to share recent research in the treatment of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. The conference provided teaching material, workshops and live sessions to all the attendants. The reports will cover the latest research into treatments for these diseases.
November 2017: Drugs of Today
L Saes, F A L M Eskens
Tivozanib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets all vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs), causing inhibition of angiogenesis. It has recently been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for first-line treatment of adult patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and for adult patients who are VEGFR and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway inhibitor-naive, following disease progression after one prior treatment with cytokine therapy for advanced RCC. This review will focus on mechanisms of action, early drug development and results of published and ongoing clinical trials of tivozanib...
November 2017: Drugs of Today
Y Liu, X Chen, W Han, Y Zhang
On August 30, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Novartis' tisagenlecleucel (CTL-019, Kymriah), which is a synthetic bioimmune product of anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, for the treatment of relapsed/refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL). This was a milestone in tumor immunology on account of the significant antitumor effect of tisagenlecleucel for the treatment of relapsed/refractory B-ALL patients. Conventional standard therapies for B-ALL have high failure rates, thus developing new therapies is crucial for patients with B-ALL...
November 2017: Drugs of Today
M Sacchetti, A Bruscolini, A Lambiase
The trigeminal nerve provides corneal sensitivity and trophic supply to corneal tissues. The impairment of corneal innervation leads to development of neurotrophic keratitis (NK). NK is a rare, degenerative corneal disease characterized by corneal hypo/anesthesia and development of nonhealing corneal epithelial defects and ulcers. NK is a challenging condition with high medical need due to the lack of approved treatments that can restore corneal integrity. Current treatment of NK aims at stimulating corneal healing and preventing disease progression...
November 2017: Drugs of Today
K Shiraki
Valacyclovir and famciclovir enabled successful systemic therapy for treating herpes simplex virus (HSV) and varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection by their phosphorylation with viral thymidine kinase. Helicase-primase inhibitors (HPIs) inhibit the progression of the replication fork, an initial step in DNA synthesis to separate the double strand into two single strands. The HPIs amenamevir and pritelivir have a novel mechanism of action, once-daily administration with nonrenal excretory characteristics, and clinical efficacy for genital herpes...
November 2017: Drugs of Today
N Díaz
The 7th Triennial Joint conference of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) and Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) was held in Paris, France. The meeting brought together attendees from a wide range of disciplines involved in multiple sclerosis (MS) research to explore an extensive program of teaching courses, plenary lectures, oral and poster sessions from approximately 2,000 abstracts submitted, and hot topic and young investigator presentations...
October 2017: Drugs of Today
P D'Souza
During the third quarter of 2017, Cortellis Competitive Intelligence registered 949 new deals (excluding mergers and acquisitions) added as part of its ongoing coverage of pharmaceutical licensing activity compared to 1,007 in Q2 this year and 1,023 in Q3 the previous year.
October 2017: Drugs of Today
M Zaid Iskandar, C C Lang
Heart failure is a term used to define a constellation of symptoms and signs that are commonly attributed to the inability of the heart to produce a cardiac output that meets the demands of the body. It remains a deadly disease, affecting between 1-2% of the population, and is more common in the elderly, with around 6-10% of patients over 65 suffering from the condition. Sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ-696) is a combined neprilysin inhibitor and angiotensin AT1 receptor blocker approved in recent years for the treatment of chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction...
October 2017: Drugs of Today
J S Garcia, M E Percival
Midostaurin is a multitargeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) that potently inhibits activated fms-related tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) in the nanomolar range and other kinases including platelet-derived growth factor receptors α (PDGFR- α) and β (PDGFR- β), cyclin-dependent kinase, proto-oncogene tyrosine-protein kinase Src, tyrosine-protein kinase Fgr, spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk), KIT proto-oncogene receptor tyrosine kinase and the major vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR). Activating mutations in FLT3, which is one of the more common acute myeloid leukemia (AML) mutations, particularly those that result in an FLT3-ITD (internal tandem duplication) mutation, confer poor prognosis and represent a therapeutic target...
October 2017: Drugs of Today
M W McCarthy, T J Walsh
On August 29, 2017, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved meropenem/ vaborbactam fixed combination for the treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI). The decision was based on substantial preclinical and clinical data, including two recent trials involving hundreds of adults with cUTI. Meropenem/ vaborbactam represents a powerful new treatment option to address antibiotic-resistant pathogens, including Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-producing bacteria...
October 2017: Drugs of Today
G Romano
Certain malignant cells may detach from the primary tumor and enter the vascular system, forming so-called circulating tumor cells (CTCs). Clusters of malignant cells associated with other cell types can also be observed in the peripheral blood of oncological patients. Such cell clusters are termed circulating tumor microemboli (CTM). The isolation and quantification of CTCs and/or CTM from blood samples allow for an accurate prognosis of the clinical course of the disease and to monitor the response to therapy...
September 2017: Drugs of Today
P A Ureña Torres, J Bover, M Cohen-Solal
Chronic kidney disease is associated with mineral and bone disorders that are now considered as a syndrome. One of the major complications of this syndrome is secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT). SHPT increases bone turnover and the risk of fracture. SHPT is also associated with cardiovascular calcification and high mortality risk. The classical medical therapies of SHPT lack long-term efficacy and have undesirable effects on serum calcium and phosphate levels. Surgical parathyroidectomy is a radical therapeutic solution potentially exposing patients to a permanent state of hypoparathyroidism among other complications...
September 2017: Drugs of Today
D M Paton
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the most common skin disorders with a prevalence of about 20% in children and affecting adults in significant numbers. Moderate to severe AD significantly impairs a patient's quality of life with severe pruritus as a major issue that impairs sleep and contributes to major psychological disturbances. Detailed studies of its pathogenesis have revealed that immune mechanisms are involved including activation of T helper type 2 cells (Th2). Dupilumab is a fully human Ig4 monoclonal antibody directed against the interleukin-4 receptor subunit α (IL-4Rα) of IL-4 and IL-13 receptors...
September 2017: Drugs of Today
K Greenwood, J H Foster
Dinutuximab is a monoclonal antibody targeted at disialoganglioside (GD2), a tumor-associated antigen widely expressed in human neuroblastoma cells. The incorporation of dinutuximab into standard treatment regimens for patients with high-risk neuroblastoma has changed the landscape of neuroblastoma therapy. Dinutuximab has shown to be effective in prolonging survival for patients receiving standard multimodal treatment regimens and has now become standard of care during the final phase of treatment. More recently, it has also shown promising efficacy and tolerability in patients with relapsed or progressive neuroblastoma...
September 2017: Drugs of Today
P D'Souza
During the second quarter of 2017, Cortellis Competitive Intelligence added 967 new licensing deals (excluding mergers and acquisition deals) as part of its ongoing coverage of pharmaceutical licensing activity. This meant an 8% decrease on the previous quarter (1,050) and a 3% decrease from the same quarter in 2016 (993). This quarter also showed a significant decline in the number of deals worth more than USD 0.5 billion from the last quarter (7 vs. 17). This article will highlight 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 in the life sciences...
August 2017: Drugs of Today
S A Rizza, V Nehra, Z Temesgen
The United States Food and Drug Administration recently approved sofosbuvir and the fixed-dose combination of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in children ages 12 to 17. These are the first direct-acting antiviral treatments approved for children and adolescents with HCV. Pharmacokinetic data confirm equivalent drug exposure in this population as that found in adults during clinical trials. The efficacy and safety of these drugs has been shown in clinical trials.
August 2017: Drugs of Today
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