Clinical News

Sharp price increases for cancer drugs
Sharp price increases for cancer drugsA majority of oncology drugs—particularly older cancer drugs—had price hikes in 2015, according to a study. Plus, Ariad Pharmaceuticals raised the price of its chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) drug ponatinib (Iclusig) for the fourth time this year to around $199,000 a year, according to The Street.
DEA slashes opioid drug productionThe US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reduced the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that may be manufactured in the US by 25% or more.
Drug maker pays out millions over EpiPen chargesAs Mylan continues to face criticism over price hikes on its EpiPen epinephrine injection, the company agreed to a $465 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies for overcharging on the EpiPen.
Cystic fibrosis drug approved for younger patientsFDA recently expanded the use of lumacaftor/ivacaftor (Orkambi, Vertex Pharmaceuticals) to treat cystic fibrosis in children aged 6 to 11 years who have two copies of the F508del mutation.
Aggressive blood sugar control slows diabetic eye disease progressionNIH-funded study shows less diabetic retinopathy progression among those who underwent intensive glycemic control.
Know these barriers to reduce type 2 diabetes costsIMS Health study: Up to 15% of healthcare system costs avoidable and effective patient activation by multiple stakeholders is key to driving improvement.
FDA approves biosimilar to HumiraFDA’s pace of biosimilar approvals is picking up, as it approved two major drugs for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases in the past month.
Invokamet extended-release approved for diabetesFDA recently approved an expanded use for Invokamet (Janssen): Invokamet XR, an extended-release combination drug to treat type 2 diabetes. The original Invokamet was approved by FDA in 2014.
New drug approved for heart patientsFDA approved once-daily Yosprala (Aralez), a fixed-dose combination of aspirin, an anti-platelet agent and omeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), for patients who require aspirin for secondary prevention of cardiovascular (CV) and cerebrovascular events and who are at risk of developing aspirin-associated gastric ulcers.Here are the top 5 facts to know about Yosprala.
FDA approves first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophyEven though an FDA panel recommended against approving a new drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in April, the agency granted accelerated approval to eteplirsen injection (Exondys 51, Sarepta Therapeutics) in mid-September.