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FDA grants for clinical trials 'may lead to lower drug prices'

Over the next four years, more than $22 million in grants have been awarded for clinical trials and research into treatment for patients with rare diseases, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. In a statement released by the regulatory body, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD,...

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FDA approves new pediatric indication for Tracleer

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new indication for the Actelion Pharmaceutical's drug Tracleer (bosentan). The medication may now be used to treat pediatric patients aged three and over who suffer from idiopathic or congenital pulmonary arterial hypertension...

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HIV drug Truvada 'safe for young males'

A combination therapy used to reduce the chances of HIV infection in adult patients is safe for adolescents, a new study by the National Institutes of Health network suggests. Truvada (tenofovir, emtricitabine) is a single pill combination drug currently approved as a pre-exposure prophylaxis...

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cUTI drug Vabomere 'available in US by the end of 2017'

Vabomere (meropenem and vaborbactam), an injection for treating adult patients with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs) will be available in the United States. by the end of 2017. Rempex Pharmaceuticals was granted approval for the antibiotic by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),...

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Benefits of Keytruda 'outweigh risks for approved uses'

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement clarifying its position on Keytruda (pembrolizumab) after scientists monitoring studies of the drug found an excess of deaths among patients given the drug in combination with certain other medicines.  Currently, Keytruda is...

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Pfizer's Mylotarg receives Orphan Drug Designation from FDA

Pfizer's acute myeloid leukemia (AML) medicine Mylotarg (gemtuzumab, ozogamicin) has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug is indicated for the treatment of adults with newly diagnosed AML whose tumors express the CD33 antigen (CD33-positive...

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10 Medicines To Include In Your Travel Health Kit

Everyone needs a vacation, but when traveling overseas it is important to make preparations to ensure holidays are not cut short by illness and sickness. Some simple steps include: packing prescription medications, and the prescriptions themselves; ensuring all vaccines are up to date; and checking...

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'Six out of ten Americans plan to get a flu vaccine in 2017-18'

More than six out of ten (61%) Americans get a flu vaccine each year or plan to get one this year, two percentage points higher than last year, according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of CVS Health. Seniors aged 65 and above were more likely to get immunization than younger people, with 76...

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