People who experience frequent migraines may soon have access to a new class of drugs. In a pair of large studies, two drugs that tweak brain circuits involved in migraine each showed they could reduce the frequency of attacks without causing side effects, researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Ogivri (trastuzumab-dkst) as a biosimilar to Herceptin (trastuzumab) for the treatment of patients with breast or metastatic stomach cancer (gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma) whose tumors overexpress the HER2 gene (HER2+). Ogivri is the first biosimilar approved in the US for the treatment of breast cancer or stomach cancer and the second biosimilar approved in the US for the treatment of cancer.
Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma is buying Cambridge, Mass.-based Mitobridge for a total of $390 million. Astellas is pulling the trigger on an acquisition option from a partnership deal the two companies formed in 2013. Under that deal, the two companies collaborated on discovering and developing drugs that target mitochondrial function. The most advanced program from the collaboration is MA-0211, which is presently in Phase I clinical trials for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Astellas is an equity investor in Mitobridge already, and is paying $165.5 million in cash in addition to the $60 million in equity it already owns. There is also an additional $225 million in potential milestone payments. John Carroll, with Endpoints News, writes, “For years now, Salk’s Ron Evans—a celebrated serial entrepreneur in scientific circles—has been concentrating on the potential of a new pathway for turning your average couch potato rodent into Mighty Mouse—without exercise…. A couple of ...
Adults who lived high-stress childhoods have trouble reading the signs that a loss or punishment is looming, leaving themselves in situations that risk avoidable health and financial problems and legal trouble.
Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), is the most common heart arrhythmia, and a leading cause of stroke. AFib affects more than 30 million people worldwide, and one in four people over the age of 40 are at risk for developing it. Millions of people around the world are unknowingly living with AFib. Yet, two out of three strokes are preventable when AFib is detected and treated appropriately.
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