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Walgreens Flu Index Across US

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–While flu activity remains low or moderate across most of the U.S., Walgreens Flu Index™ data suggests a gradual increase in incidence of flu in a growing number of markets. The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. The Flu Index does not provide data measuring actual levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrates which populations are experiencing the most incidences each week based on Index methodology.  read more

FDA approves wearable defibrillator for children at risk for sudden cardiac arrest

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new indication for the LifeVest wearable cardioverter defibrillator. The LifeVest is approved for certain children who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, but are not candidates for an implantable defibrillator due to certain medical conditions or lack of parental consent read more


PR Newswire – THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2015) – Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced that the European Commission has approved the use of IMLYGIC™ (talimogene laherparepvec) for the treatment of adults with unresectable melanoma that is regionally or distantly metastatic (Stage IIIB, IIIC and IVM1a), with no bone, brain, lung or other visceral disease. IMLYGIC is the first oncolytic immunotherapy to demonstrate therapeutic benefit for patients with metastatic melanoma in a Phase 3 clinical trial. more

Novo Nordisk and C40 partner to improve environment and health in cities

Bagsværd, Denmark and London, UK, 18 December 2015 – Novo Nordisk and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) today announced a research-based partnership aimed at establishing that green policies in cities are beneficial to both the state of the environment and the health of their citizens. The collaboration will see the organisations’ expertise and specialist knowledge combine to generate new insights on a range of co-benefits of climate action – in particular the health of city populations.  

At the heart of the partnership lies the pivotal role of cities in the fight against climate change and poor health. City lifestyles are contributing to the diabetes epidemic and two thirds of the world’s 415 million people living with the condition can be found in urban areas.1 Meanwhile, the rapid rise of cities accounts for two thirds of global energy consumption and more than 70% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. 

Boehringer Ingelheim presents strong lung cancer portfolio and long-awaited head-to-head data of afatinib compared to gefitinib at ESMO Asia 2015 Congress

INGELHEIM, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that the latest data from its oncology portfolio will be presented at the ESMO Asia 2015 Congress in Singapore, 18-21 December 2015. New data for BI 1482694* (HM61713**) demonstrate a strong anti-tumour activity (confirmed objective response and disease control rates) with a favourable safety profile in patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumours have acquired the most common mechanism of resistance, the T790M mutation, and have stopped responding to treatment with previous 1st- and/or 2nd-generation EGFR targeted therapies. BI 1482694 is a novel, 3rd-generation, EGFR mutant-specific tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). read more

Bristol-Myers Squibb to Sell its HIV R&D Portfolio to ViiV Healthcare

December 18, 2015 02:01 AM Eastern Standard Time

PRINCETON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced that it has entered into two individual agreements with ViiV Healthcare, a global HIV company, to divest its pipeline of investigational HIV medicines consisting of a number of programs at different stages of discovery, preclinical and clinical development. Under these agreements, ViiV will pay to Bristol-Myers Squibb upfront payments totaling $350 million with potential development and regulatory milestone payments of up to $518 million for the clinical assets and up to $587 million for the discovery and pre-clinical programs. Once products are approved and commercialized, ViiV Healthcare will pay tiered royalties. Additionally, ViiV Healthcare will pay sales-based milestone payments of up to $750 million for each of the clinical assets and up to $700 million for each of the discovery and pre-clinical programs. Completion of the divestiture is expected during the first half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions, including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. read more

Puma Biotechnology Expands Third Cohort in Phase II Trial of PB272 in HER2 Mutation Positive Cancer Patients

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Puma Biotechnology, Inc. (NYSE: PBYI), a biopharmaceutical company, has expanded the

third cohort from its Phase II clinical trial of its lead drug candidate PB272 (neratinib) as a single agent in patients with solid tumors who have an activating HER2 mutation (basket trial). The cohort that has been expanded is the cohort that includes patients with metastatic biliary duct (bile duct) cancer and whose tumors have a HER2 mutation. read more

GeNeuro Announces the Launch of Phase IIb Proof-of-Concept Study with GNbAC1 in Multiple Sclerosis and Servier Equity Investment

GENEVA & SURESNES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GeNeuro SA, a pioneer of new therapies for neurology and autoimmune disorders, announced today that it has initiated its planned Phase IIb study “CHANGE-MS” (Clinical trial assessing the HERV-W Env ANtagonist GNbAC1 for Efficacy in Multiple Sclerosis) with its lead antibody GNbAC1 in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS). The study plans to enroll 260 patients in 68 clinical centers in the European Union and Eastern Europe. Preliminary results are expected by the end of 2017. read more

Merck’s BRIDION® (sugammadex) Receives FDA Approval for the Reversal of Neuromuscular Blockade Induced by Rocuronium and Vecuronium in Adults Undergoing Surgery

KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved BRIDION® (sugammadex) Injection 100 mg/mL (equivalent to 108.8 mg/mL sugammadex sodium) for the reversal of neuromuscular blockade (NMB) induced by rocuronium bromide and vecuronium bromide in adults undergoing surgery. BRIDION works differently than neostigmine, an agent used to reverse non-depolarizing neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBAs) by increasing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction. BRIDION forms a complex with the non-depolarizing NMBAs rocuronium and vecuronium, thereby removing these agents from the neuromuscular junction and facilitating the return of muscle function. Unlike neostigmine, BRIDION can be used to reverse different levels of rocuronium and vecuronium-induced NMB, including deep block (1-2 post-tetanic counts [PTCs]).

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