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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119150/notable-licensing-deals-in-the-biopharma-industry-in-the-second-quarter-of-2017
#1
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119149/sofosbuvir-ledipasvir-fixed-dose-combination-for-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-children
#2
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119148/brigatinib-for-the-treatment-of-alk-positive-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
#3
A Passaro, A Prelaj, A Pochesci, G Spitaleri, G Rossi, E Del Signore, C Catania, F de Marinis
Brigatinib (AP-26113, Alunbrig) is a second-generation anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) that is highly active in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring ALK translocation. Brigatinib was found to be very active against different ALK resistance mutations that mediate acquired resistance biology processes, particularly G1269A ALK C1156Y, I1171S/T, V1180L and others. Different clinical trials evaluated the activity of brigatinib in crizotinib-resistant patients, confirming high activity with durable response not only in parenchymal disease, but also in intracranial disease...
August 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119147/betrixaban-a-direct-oral-inhibitor-of-activated-factor-x-for-the-prophylaxis-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-patients-hospitalized-for-acute-medical-illness
#4
G Escolar, M Díaz-Ricart, E Arellano-Rodrigo
Venous thromboembolism (VTE), comprising deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, is a serious clinical and public health concern. Hospitalization is a major risk factor for developing VTE. Hospital-associated events account for more than 50% of all cases of VTE. Heparins have demonstrated to be efficacious in the prevention of VTE in medically ill patients. Despite the demonstrated efficacy and safety of the available direct oral anticoagulants in the prevention and treatment of different thromboembolic conditions, their net benefit in the prevention of VTE in hospitalized medically ill patients has not been fully confirmed...
August 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837185/american-diabetes-association-77th-scientific-sessions-june-9-13-2017-san-diego-california-usa
#5
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S Lam
The 77th American Diabetes Association (ADA) Sci-entific Sessions took place in San Diego, California. The meeting brought together scientists and professionals from a wide range of disciplines in the field of diabetes and provided a platform for networking, allowing experts and researchers to share ideas and learn about the significant advances in diabetes research, treatment and care. Over the course of the 5 days, participants received exclusive access to more than 2,500 original research presentations.
July 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837184/checkpoint-inhibitors-a-cutting-edge-in-oncology
#6
REVIEW
C Jago
The checkpoint inhibitor field, and indeed the whole of immuno-oncology, is fast-paced and fascinating, with huge clinical and commercial potential. The challenge in the coming years will be to define the best type and combination of immunotherapy, and the best target population to receive it. Keytruda's ground-breaking approval for a biomarker-based rather than location-based indication is a solid step in this direction, and is likely to be followed by other such approvals. As the field develops, it is to be hoped that immuno-oncology therapeutics will continue to deliver the significant improvements in patient outcome that have been seen so far...
July 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837183/keratitis-in-association-with-herpes-zoster-and-varicella-vaccines
#7
A P Grillo, F W Fraunfelder
The objective of this review was to collect reports of keratitis in association with herpes zoster virus (HZV) or varicella zoster virus (VZV) vaccines. HZV vaccination is intended for at-risk adult populations and VZV vaccination is intended for all pediatric patients. We reviewed the literature and reports of keratitis in association with herpes zoster or varicella vaccine from the National Registry of Drug-Induced Ocular Side Effects and the World Health Organization. Twenty-four cases of unilateral keratitis in association with VZV vaccines were collected from the adverse reaction databases and literature...
July 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837182/bezlotoxumab-for-the-treatment-of-clostridium-difficile-associated-diarrhea
#8
REVIEW
R Thakare, A Dasgupta, S Chopra
Diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile is one of the major emerging threats to modern healthcare systems worldwide. Although C. difficile spores are present in the gut innocuously, because of repeated broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy, the spores germinate with concomitant release of exotoxin A and B, resulting in mild to severe diarrhea. Antibiotic therapy is augmented by addition of the humanized antibodies actoxumab and bezlotoxumab to prevent the action of exotoxins A and B, respectively, since they provide passive immunity...
July 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837181/avelumab-for-the-treatment-of-metastatic-merkel-cell-carcinoma
#9
REVIEW
L M Cordes, J L Gulley
Avelumab is a promising new therapeutic agent for patients with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare and aggressive type of neuroendocrine tumor of the skin. Until the recent approval of avelumab (Bavencio), no therapies were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma. In a recent trial, avelumab, an anti-programmed death ligand-1 antibody, demonstrated an objective response in 28 of 88 patients (31.8% [95.9% CI, 21.9-43.1]) with advanced, chemotherapy-refractory Merkel cell carcinoma...
July 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799582/american-urological-association-aua-112th-annual-meeting-may-12-16-2017-boston-massachusetts-usa
#10
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
#11
REVIEW
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
#12
REVIEW
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
#13
REVIEW
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
#14
REVIEW
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
#15
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
#16
REVIEW
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
#17
REVIEW
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
#18
REVIEW
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
#19
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
#20
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
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