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The alarmingly high number of pediatric deaths so far during the 2017–2018 flu season reinforce the need to shift away from the traditional chicken-egg-based approach to mass production of commercial influenza vaccines, according to consultant GlobalData. The egg-based vaccines commonly induce a suboptimal…
A one-month antibiotic regimen to prevent active tuberculosis (TB) disease was at least as safe and effective as the standard nine-month therapy for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, according to the results of a large international clinical trial. Adults and adolescents…
Newly released phase 3 results have shown that lanadelumab, Shire plc’s experimental hereditary angioedema (HAE) drug, reduced monthly attack rates and improved quality of life compared with placebo. Recently presented at the 2018 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology meeting, the data…
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued new guidance that adults with type-2 diabetes can aim for an easier-to-achieve blood sugar target than what’s been used to guide treatment in the past, according to a Reuters report. But that advice is already controversial. Based on its review of…
The FDA has approved a supplemental biologics license application updating the dosing schedule of nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol-Myers Squibb) to include 480 mg infused every four weeks (Q4W) for a majority of approved indications. This approval will give health care professionals the flexibility to customize…
Researchers have found that temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups and may be associated with slowing a child’s growth, challenging a common medical practice involving children with mild-to-moderate asthma.…
A federal judge in New York on Monday ordered Martin Shkreli, the former drug company executive convicted of defrauding investors, to forfeit $7.36 million in assets, which could include a Picasso painting and a one-of-a-kind album by the Wu-Tang Clan. U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn…
The FDA’s bid to shut down an Arkansas drug compounder over allegations of “serious deficiencies” is drawing a heated response from the company owner, who says he’s fighting “a bureaucracy that makes broad claims against us, gives little feedback, and ignores independent third-party experts.”…
A first-in-class medication being developed to treat back-of-the-eye diseases achieved positive results in the pivotal phase 3 PEACHTREE trial, the developer has announced. Among patients with macular edema associated with noninfectious uveitis, 47% of those treated every 12 weeks with suprachoroidal…
The multiple sclerosis medication daclizumab (Zinbryta, Biogen/AbbVie) is being withdrawn from the market voluntarily following reports that it has been associated with inflammatory encephalitis and meningoencephalitis. The two companies said that “characterizing the complex and evolving benefit/risk…
Influenza activity decreased in the United States during the week ending February 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In week 8 of this trying flu season, the proportion of outpatient visits to doctors blamed on influenza-like illness (ILI) fell for the third straight…
Drug-makers are racing to scoop up patient health records and strike deals with technology companies as big data analytics start to unlock a trove of information about how medicines perform in the real world, according to a Reuters report. Studying such real-world evidence (RWE) offers manufacturers…
Two new studies suggest that patients do better when providers switch from using intravenous saline therapy to balanced fluids that closely resemble the liquid part of blood. Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers believe the studies could improve survival and decrease kidney complications.…
The FDA has approved a lidocaine topical system (ZTlido, Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.), 1.8%, for the relief of pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) that Sorrento bills as “a major advancement in analgesics” because of improved adhesion. “ZTlido was designed to solve a problem that…
Nearly one in five health employees (18%) said they would be willing to sell confidential data to unauthorized parties, according to a new survey from consultant Accenture. The survey of 912 employees of provider and payer organizations in the United States and Canada found that the respondents willing…

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