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Exposure to specific antibiotics is linked to the development of certain strains of antibiotic-resistant Clostridium difficile, one of the fastest-growing “superbugs,” according to a new study led by Stuart Johnson, MD, of Loyola University. C. difficile now rivals methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus…
Positive preliminary findings have been reported from the AURION (Aurinia Early Urinary Protein ReductION Predicts Response) study of voclosporin (Aurinia Pharmaceuticals) in patients with lupus nephritis. All of the first seven patients who had reached at least eight weeks of therapy achieved at least…
Public health agencies, as well as individual health care providers, have their work cut out for them in the looming battle against the Zika virus, according to an article posted on the FierceHealthcare website. In an interview on National Public Radio, Tom Frieden, MD, director of the Centers for Disease…
In a report issued ahead of a meeting scheduled for February 9, FDA staff members have supported a biosimilar version of Janssen Biotech’s best-selling arthritis drug Remicade (infliximab). The product, called CT-P13, was developed by a Korean company, Celltrion, in partnership with Pfizer. If approved…
Vertex Pharmaceuticals has received a complete response letter from the FDA in answer to the company’s supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for the use of ivacaftor (Kalydeco) in patients 2 years of age and older with cystic fibrosis (CF) who have one of 23 residual function mutations in the cystic…
A prespecified interim analysis has shown that the primary endpoint of improved overall survival was met in the phase 3 TOWER trial. This randomized, open-label study evaluated the efficacy of the antibody construct blinatumomab (Blincyto, Amgen) compared with standard-of- care chemotherapy in adult…
A new method for detecting infection in wounds could take physicians less than one minute to complete rather than the current 24 hours it takes to “plate” bacteria and leave them to incubate overnight, according to research from George Washington University’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences.…
The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the recent sexual transmission of the Zika virus in Texas amid worries that such infections could make efforts to combat the virus even more difficult, according to a report from Reuters. Earlier, WHO had declared a global health emergency,…
How concerned should people be about the Zika virus? What research is being conducted on the virus? Is a vaccine the best or only approach to containing the virus? Scientists at Colorado State University’s Arthropod-Borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory are among the nation’s experts on these…
The FDA has approved a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for intravenous (IV), single-dose fosaprepitant dimeglumine (Emend, Merck), a substance P/neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor antagonist, in combination with other antiemetic medications, for the prevention of delayed nausea and vomiting in adults…
The FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee (PDAC) voted 8 to 2 that substantial evidence had been presented to support the efficacy of vortioxetine (Brintellix, Takeda/Lundbeck) for treating certain aspects of cognitive dysfunction in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). The committee…
Researchers in Japan have developed a new method for measuring blood glucose using harmless, noninvasive far infrared light (FIL). Diabetes patients traditionally monitor their daily blood glucose levels with a conventional meter, which requires blood sampling from the fingertips. In the past, scientists…
The Journal of the American Medical Association has published positive results from a phase 2a study of dupilumab (Sanofi/Regeneron Pharmaceuticals) in adults with moderate-to-severe chronic sinusitis with nasal polyposis who did not respond to intranasal corticosteroids. Dupilumab is an investigational…
The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the U.S. has been reported in Texas by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, according to Reuters. The virus, linked to severe birth defects in approximately 35,000 babies in Brazil, is spreading…
A new survey of approximately 3,000 brand-name prescription drugs has found that prices more than doubled for 60 and at least quadrupled for 20 since December 2014. The survey was conducted by DRX, a provider of price-comparison software to health plans. Leading the list of medications with the biggest…

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