February, 2024

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STAT+: Here are the cancer drugs Pfizer thinks could reignite investors’ interest

STAT

Pfizer spent more than four hours Thursday laying out its oncology program to investors. But the company also spent some time talking about the effects of the Inflation Reduction Act on its pipeline. The drug giant, which is facing investor dissatisfaction after a year in which its stock dropped 44%, said it would be focusing on drugs that are based on proteins, not small molecule pills as it has traditionally developed.

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The opportunities and challenges facing rare disease therapies developers

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Explore the opportunities and challenges facing rare disease therapies developers, including the impact of Rare Disease Day, FDA regulations, and cutting-edge technologies like CRISPR gene therapy.

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Adding GPs to ARRS not the way forward, says pharmacist partner

The Pharmacist

Using Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) funding for GPs would be ‘ridiculous’ given the difficulty of recruiting doctors and the efficiency of utilising other roles within the surgery, a pharmacist partner in a south coast general practice has said. Shilpa Patel, lead prescribing pharmacist and partner at WellBN health centre in Brighton and Hove, spoke […] The post Adding GPs to ARRS not the way forward, says pharmacist partner appeared first on The Pharmacist.

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RxP expands life sciences real estate portfolio in Mumbai with $150+mn investment

Express Pharma

Rx Propellant (RxP), a platform focused on providing real estate solutions, including research and development (R&D) laboratories and associated facilities for the life sciences and associated sectors in India, has announced an initial investment of $75 million in phase 1 of the Navi Mumbai Research (NMR) District, as part of its continued regional expansion strategy across India.

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Position Your Pharmacy for Expansion

Speaker: Chris Antypas and Josh Halladay

Access to limited distribution drugs and payer contracts are key to pharmacy expansion. But how do you prepare your operations to take the next step? Meaningful data: Collect and share clinical data regarding outcomes, utilization, and more Reporting: Limited distribution models require efficient tracking and reporting systems Workflows: Align workflows with specific pharma and payer contractual requirements For in-depth, expert insights on pharmacy expansion, watch this webinar from Inovalon.

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India’s Tata Institute develops tablet for cancer recurrence prevention

Pharmaceutical Technology

India’s Tata Institute has developed a tablet combining resveratrol and copper that has the potential to prevent the recurrence of cancer.

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Alnylam change to heart drug trial sparks doubts, sinking shares

BioPharma Dive

Analysts pressed Alnylam executives on the reasons for the changes to HELIOS-B, a Phase 3 study in ATTR amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy that is important to the company’s future.

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Clinical research is about trial and error

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Clinical research involves trial and error as part of the drug development process. Learn more about how to optimise drug trials and the important role of participants in clinical research.

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Mounjaro weight loss service hoped to ease supply issues

The Pharmacist

Hundreds of community pharmacies have begun offering a tirzepatide injection as part of a new weight loss service beginning this week. The move follows the approval of a new four-dose version of Mounjaro last month. It is hoped that the new service will expand the availability of private weight-loss treatments amid ongoing shortages of alternatives […] The post Mounjaro weight loss service hoped to ease supply issues appeared first on The Pharmacist.

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Positive results for MAIA’s SCLC treatment published in Nature Communications

Pharma Times

The aggressive type of cancer accounts for 13% of all lung cancer cases worldwide

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MHRA agrees licence change for Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty vaccine

Pharmaceutical Technology

The UK MHRA has granted approval for a variation in licence of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty XBB.1.5 vaccine targeting Omicron variant.

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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Pharmacy Management Software

Are you still using workarounds to manage your daily operations? To achieve peak performance, it's time to explore other options for specialty and infusion pharmacy software. Streamline pharmacy operations and improve clinical performance with automated processing, real-time data exchange, and electronic decision support. Download this helpful infographic to: Drive efficiency and patient adherence from referral receipt to delivery and ongoing care – all with our Pharmacy Cloud.

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Venture firm Scion Life Sciences launches with $310M to back new biotechs

BioPharma Dive

The new firm intends to carefully select its startups and fund them for the long haul. “We're not a company formation factory,” said Aaron Kantoff, the firm’s co-founder.

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STAT+: A ‘vaccine-like’ version of Wegovy is on the drawing board at Novo Nordisk

STAT

LEXINGTON, Mass. — New obesity drugs like Wegovy and Zepbound are currently taken once a week, indefinitely. But what if they could be taken once a year instead, like a vaccine? That’s a question that Novo Nordisk, the pharma company behind Wegovy, is exploring as it faces increased competition from other drugmakers aiming to develop similar GLP-1-based treatments for obesity.

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Transforming drug development with AI

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Discover how artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionising the drug development process and transforming the way FDA-approved drugs are produced, ensuring compliance and optimising the supply chain. Learn more about the future of AI in pharmaceuticals.

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Nearly 400,000 vape kits to be sent to smokers

The Pharmacist

Nearly 400,000 vape kits are set to be sent to smokers in England under the government’s swap-to-stop scheme, our sister title Healthcare Leader has exclusively revealed. At least four integrated care boards (ICBs) and more than 80 localities have expressed interest in the scheme with 379,562 ‘vape starter kits’ requested as of February 2024, data […] The post Nearly 400,000 vape kits to be sent to smokers appeared first on The Pharmacist.

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Maternal Vitamin D, Multivitamin Supplementation May Reduce Risk of Autism in Offspring

Pharmacy Times

Supplementation during pregnancy also reduced communication warning behaviors in children who developed autism compared to the children of women who did not take supplements.

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Alternative therapies are needed to combat the impending threat of AMR

Pharmaceutical Technology

The potentially disastrous consequences of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) were highlighted at the recent World Economic Forum Meeting 2024.

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Viking data suggest obesity drug could rival Zepbound, Wegovy

BioPharma Dive

The biotech’s drug led to significant weight loss in a Phase 2 trial, causing shares to double as analysts compared results to the marks set by drugs from Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk.

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CDC advisory panel says people 65 and older should get a Covid spring booster shot

STAT

An expert panel advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccines on Wednesday recommended that people 65 and older should get an additional Covid-19 vaccine shot this spring. The recommendation was approved by CDC Director Mandy Cohen, allowing the United States to join Canada and the United Kingdom in offering a spring booster this year to people at high risk of severe disease if they contract Covid.

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Data science in healthcare

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Data science in healthcare is transforming the industry, from drug discovery to patient care. Learn about the role of data, artificial intelligence (AI), and the impact of initiatives like the NHS Datastore in revolutionising healthcare outcomes.

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NHC Celebrates Health Care Pioneers this Black History Month

Putting Patients First Blog

NHC Celebrates Health Care Pioneers this Black History Month February 12, 2024 By: Omar A. Escontrías, DrPH, MPH, Senior Vice President, Equity, Research & Programs Black History Month honors and celebrates the life, culture, and trailblazing contributions of African Americans in the United States. In defiance of systemic, racial, and discriminatory policies and practices, African Americans have pioneered and revolutionized the field of medicine and health care.

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California Passes First-in-Nation Law to Reduce Medication Errors, Address Pharmacy Staffing Concerns

Pharmacy Times

California's Stop Dangerous Pharmacies Act aims to improve patient safety by establishing new pharmacy staffing regulations and a medication error reporting system, arising from understaffed conditions.

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Beacon Therapeutics unveils promising interim results for gene therapy AGTC-501

Pharmaceutical Technology

AGTC-501 is in Phase II development for retinitis in the SKYLINE trial (NCT03316560) and addresses unmet needs within the retinitis space

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NEJM paper fills in details on ‘remarkable’ CAR-T result in autoimmune disease

BioPharma Dive

The full results spotlight cell therapy’s potential to treat lupus and other inflammatory conditions, but also the problems drug developers must solve first.

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‘Brain fog’ is one of Covid-19’s most daunting symptoms. A new study measures its impact

STAT

Of all the lingering symptoms of long Covid , difficulty focusing and thinking, known as brain fog , may be the most frightening and baffling. A new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, which looks at how much cognition is impaired in the months after a coronavirus infection, shows that Covid-19’s impact can be measured in the equivalent of IQ points.

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Roche’s Xolair is first medicine for food allergy in US

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Fast approaching the end of its patent life, Roche and Novartis’ Xolair is going out with a bang, picking up a new approval as the first and only drug therapy for people with food allergies in the US.

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STAT+: White House to hold a listening session on reforming pharmacy benefit managers

STAT

In a bid to combat prescription drug costs, the White House will hold a listening session on Monday in search of ways to reform pharmacy benefit managers , according to people familiar with the plans. The list of attendees includes representatives from the federal government and industry, who are expected to provide insights into how the largest pharmacy benefit managers determine which medicines are covered by insurers and employers, as well as prices that are paid at pharmacy counters.

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Opinion: Medicare Advantage is bad for patients and bad for investors

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In 2023, enrollment in Medicare Advantage, the version of Medicare run by private insurers, surpassed 50% of eligible beneficiaries for the very first time. Going by this headline, or perhaps the predictable flood of advertisements for plans during the fall’s open enrollment period, you might be fooled into thinking 2023 was MA’s best year yet.

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Cholera vaccine shortage reaches worst point yet, with experts fearing deadly outbreaks

STAT

An unprecedented shortage of cholera vaccine has public health experts fearing that a recent surge of outbreaks across developing countries will only worsen, a situation they argue is as regrettable as it was avoidable. At least 16 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean are dealing with cholera outbreaks. According to the latest report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control , between Dec. 23 and Jan. 23, nearly 50,500 people contracted cholera and nearly 500 died.

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Amid measles outbreaks, U.K. launches vaccination ad campaign to boost childhood immunizations

STAT

LONDON — Facing a growing outbreak of measles, the U.K. has unveiled an advertising campaign aimed at boosting vaccination rates in children, which have steadily fallen over the past decade and took an even greater dip during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. The campaign, starting March 4, features children talking about their lack of protection from infections like measles and whooping cough if they’re not vaccinated.

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More than 1 billion people have obesity, including 159 million young people, study estimates

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More than 1 billion people — or one in eight people worldwide — are now estimated to have obesity, a new study finds. Obesity rates grew particularly fast among children and teens, quadrupling from 1990 to 2022, the latest year the analysis looked at, while rates among adults more than doubled. That comes to 159 million children and teens with obesity, and 879 million adults, according to the study, published Thursday in the Lancet and conducted by the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration

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STAT+: FTC says pharmacy benefit managers are stonewalling requests for information

STAT

A much-anticipated inquiry by U.S. antitrust regulators into pharmaceutical industry middlemen has been stymied because the companies have failed to provide many of the documents that, in some cases, were requested as far back as June 2022. The inquiry was begun by the Federal Trade Commission in response to the role that pharmacy benefit managers play in the cost of prescription medicines.

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STAT+: Obesity treatment from Boehringer Ingelheim, Zealand Pharma succeeds in study in liver condition MASH

STAT

LONDON — A drug in development as a weight loss treatment succeeded in a Phase 2 study in a serious liver condition, its developers said Monday, as the competition in the broader obesity medicine field pushes ahead. The drug, survodutide, is being developed by the privately held German firm Boehringer Ingelheim and the Danish biotech Zealand Pharma.

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Q&A: The scientific integrity sleuth taking on the widespread problem of research misconduct

STAT

Elisabeth Bik, a microbiologist by training, has become one of the world’s most influential science detectives. An authority on scientific image analysis who’s been profiled in The New Yorker for her unique ability to spot duplicated or doctored photographs, she appeared frequently in the news over the past year as one of the experts who raised research misconduct concerns that led to an investigation into, and the eventual departure of, former Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavig

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STAT+: A ‘renaissance in neuroscience’ could deliver a fresh crop of psychiatric medicines

STAT

One by one, the companies behind Zoloft, Prozac, and Paxil soured on psychiatry. It was the early 2000s, and as America warmed to the sounds of Sisqó and Shakira, the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms were running out of ideas to treat mental illness. Their blockbuster treatments for depression and schizophrenia had reshaped society and made billions of dollars in the process, but the old cash cows were soon to go generic.

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STAT+: Liver disease MASH is next target for obesity drugs in development

STAT

As drugmakers race to join the obesity drug market ignited by the approval of Wegovy and Zepbound , they’re not just competing on their drugs’ weight loss effects. They’re also competing on their products’ ability to treat a severe form of liver disease. A new update of the STAT Obesity Drug Tracker shows that at least 23 — about one-fifth — of the 105 obesity treatments in development or on the market are also being investigated for metabolic dysfunctio

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