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11:34 EDT 24th May 2017 | BioPortfolio

26 die after attempting to replace Abbott's blood pump controller themselves

At least 26 advanced heart failure patients have died and 19 have been injured by attempting to change the controller on Abbott Laboratories’ HeartMate II blood pumps themselves at home. The manufac...

Pierre Fabre Buys Promising Assets from Igencia in the Field of Immuno-Oncology

CASTRES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pierre Fabre, the 2nd largest French private Pharmaceutical group, today announced the signature of a definitive purchase agreement to acquire several asset...

MSD receives first FDA approval based on specific genetic feature

In a historic first, MSD (known as Merck in North America) has received approval for its immunotherapy treatment Keytruda in patients with a specific genetic feature, otherwise known as a biomarker. T...

Kroger’s Paul Bowen retires after 46 years of service

Brian BerkHe began his career with Jay C in 1971 as a produce department manager before taking a military leave of absence to serve in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976. read more

Regeneron and Sanofi Announce FDA Approval of Kevzara for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Kevzara® (sarilumab) for the treatment of adult patients with modera...

US FDA rejects Sun epilepsy drug due to ongoing problems at Halol plant

The US FDA has refused to reapprove Sun Pharma Advanced Research LTD’s epilepsy drug Elepsia XR (levetiracetam) citing problems at its plant in Halol, India.

Eye drops to replace painful injections in AMD patients

The University of Birmingham has developed a cell-penetrating peptide it claims could be used to make eye drop versions of age-related macular degeneration drugs currently delivered by injection.

Integrated DNA Technologies Appoints LubioScience as Distributors in Switzerland

Researchers in Switzerland no longer need to import IDT products; local expertise facilitates ordering Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), has signed a distributor agreement with LubioScience GmbH (Lub...

Organoid Banking: Cryopreservation & Thawing of Organoids

AMSBIO reports on an independent study that evaluated the use of CELLBANKER® and STEM CELLBANKER® reagents for cryopreservation and thawing of organoids. Data is presented that ...

Intertek expands one of Europe’s largest GMP Pharmaceutical stability storage facility

Intertek, a Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, today announced the further expansion of its UK GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) pharmaceutical stability storage facility to a c...

Marking Dementia Awareness Week in Milton Keynes – Milton Keynes Citizen

Milton Keynes CitizenMarking Dementia Awareness Week in Milton KeynesMilton Keynes CitizenLast week was Dementia Awareness Week and intu Milton Keynes, along with other MK businesses united together t...

Antibiotics found to fail in quarter of pneumonia patients

A new study that emerged from the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference revealed that 22.1% of patients who were treated for pneumonia required further treatment after receiving anti...

Magic mushrooms the safest recreational drug, says study – The Independent

The IndependentMagic mushrooms the safest recreational drug, says studyThe IndependentAccording to the study - in which almost 150,000 people took part - only 0.2 per cent of the 12,000 people who had...

eve®: The Solution for Validatable Computer-Aided Systems in GMP Processes

For validating its eve® bioprocess platform software, INFORS HT now offers validation packages that meet the requirements of FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and EudraLex Annex11 Good Manufacturing Practice, or...

Stay on Track with CellSens 1.17

Providing flexible object tracking to evaluate dynamic processes and a simplified GUI with 4K support, Olympus’ cellSens imaging software offers sophisticated solutions to extract more research ...

Black man is given white man’s penis in transplant operation – Metro

MetroBlack man is given white man's penis in transplant operationMetroA black man who has had the world's third successful penis transplant operation is to have his new organ tattooed – because the ...

MSD under CMA investigation over unfair Remicade pricing

MSD is facing legal trouble after the Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA) alleged that the pharmaceutical firm had engaged in anti-competition practices by implementing an unfair discount scheme...

Opioid crisis “highest initial priority” for new FDA Commissioner

Scott Gottlieb, the newly appointment FDA Commissioner, has indicated that his first priority is to tackle the opioid crisis currently wracking the US, through messages on the FDA blog and in an inter...

Magic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug to take – Daily Mail

Daily MailMagic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug to takeDaily MailMagic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug to take, researchers said on the back of a new international survey. Just o...

Number of Harlow dementia sufferers to increase by a third by 2025 says ​Alzheimer’s Society – Essex Live

Essex LiveNumber of Harlow dementia sufferers to increase by a third by 2025 says ​Alzheimer's SocietyEssex LiveAlzheimer's Society has predicted dementia will overtake heart disease and cancer to b...

Guest column: Reduce mental health stigma – Post Register

Post RegisterGuest column: Reduce mental health stigmaPost RegisterDuring Mental Health Awareness Month, pause to learn a few ways to help someone suffering from mental illness, writes Dr. Ron Larsen ...

Where can I donate blood in Greater Manchester following the terror attack? – The Sun

The SunWhere can I donate blood in Greater Manchester following the terror attack?The SunMEDICS treating the victims of the Manchester terror attack are appealing for people to donate blood. A suicide...

Chocolate eaters `may have lower risk of irregular heartbeat´ – Daily Mail

Daily MailChocolate eaters `may have lower risk of irregular heartbeat´Daily MailPeople who regularly eat chocolate may have a lower risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, a new study has found. ...

Chocolate eaters ‘may have lower risk of irregular heartbeat’ – BT.com

BT.comChocolate eaters 'may have lower risk of irregular heartbeat'BT.comThe study concluded that higher levels of chocolate intake were associated with a lower rate of clinically apparent atrial fibr...

WHO reform a top priority for Ethiopia’s Tedros – News24

News24WHO reform a top priority for Ethiopia's TedrosNews24Addis Ababa - The first African to head the World Health Organisation, Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom, says he aims to replicate his success in tu...

FDA commissioner asks for more to be done to stem the opioid crisis

Brian Berk“As commissioner, my highest initial priority is to take immediate steps to reduce the scope of the epidemic of opioid addiction. I believe the Food and Drug Administration continues t...

Study: DIR fees, MACs are biggest concerns for rural pharmacists

Brian BerkNearly 80% of respondents reported DIR fees as a very large magnitude challenge, with 83.3% reporting this as a very immediate challenge. Seventy-eight percent of respondents reported MACs n...

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Merck’s Keytruda for Solid Tumors with Specific Biomarkers

KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new i...

Bioverativ to Acquire Rare Disease Biotech True North for $400 Million Upfront

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bioverativ Inc. (NASDAQ: BIVV), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative therapies for hemoph...

FDA approves Merck’s Keytruda for patients who have a specific biomarker

Brian BerkAccording to the agency, this is the first time it has approved a cancer treatment based on a common biomarker rather than the location in the body where the tumor originated. read more

Viita encourages New Yorkers to #StayDry

David SalazarViita’s lingerie contains a natural fiber comfort fabric, a high absorption antibacterial cushion and a protective membrane to resist leaks. read more

Target CEO to Congress: A Border Adjustment Tax is a bad idea

Brian BerkThe retail CEO added the U.S. tax code is “broken,” and noted the BAT would more than double the retailer's tax rate to 75%, making it difficult for Target to invest in ...

FDA Approves Genentech’s Actemra for Treatment of Giant Cell Arteritis

South San Francisco, CA — May 22, 2017 — Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved...

CVS’ Merlo talks AHCA, opioid crisis on WBUR

CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo was the guest on Boston’s WBUR radio station’s “Here & Now” Tuesday, speaking with host Jeremy Hobson about such topics as tax re...

Giant to return as title sponsor for National Capital Barbecue Battle

Brian BerkThe award-winning Barbecue Battle, on June 24 and 25, is one of the largest and most popular food festivals in the country, welcoming more than 100,000 barbecue fans each year. read more

Walmart makes employment, remodel push in Florida

Marianne WilsonThe retailer will open nine new stores across Florida in its current fiscal year, creating more than 800 jobs, and also execute a multi-million-dollar capital investment plan by remodel...

Albertsons grows digital team with 2 hires

David SalazarKarl Varsanyi, Albertsons’ new group VP product management and user experience, and Ramiya Iyer, who was named group VP IT digital and marketing/merchandising, possess a collective ...

CVS Health officially introduces prescription-free naloxone in Arizona

Brian BerkThe retailer welcomed Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and State Rep. Heather Carter on Tuesday. read more

Report: Walgreens Boots Alliance communications chief to depart

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s SVP communications and international affairs Yves Romestan will be departing the company, according to a report in PRWeek. Laura Vergani, who will become VP internatio...

World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

Estée Lauder shuffles leadership of 4 brands

David SalazarWith two executives set to retire, Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble and La Mer will see leadership changes.  read more

Bluemercury’s brick-and-mortar strategy paying off

The beauty retailer plans to open some 40 stores in 2017, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. read more

Walmart rolls out new military employee pay policy

Marianne WilsonThe changes, which go into effect June 24, mean that if an associate’s military salary is less than what they were making at their job at Walmart, the company will pay them the di...

Walgreens-funded Pharmacy Chain 36.6 expecting exponential online sales growth

Brian BerkRussian pharmacy retailer expects online sales to account for 10% of total revenue by mid-2018 from just 1% now, its corporate finance director told Reuters. read more

The June 2017 issue of Pharmafocus is now live!

The latest edition of Pharmafocus is available to read online now! read more

Keeping it simple

Dave WendlandIn his latest blog entry, HRG’s Dave Wendland discusses how retailers can position themselves as a partner to help customers navigate the myriad health-and-wellness products they en...

Walgreens CEO: Retailer seeing the results of its front-end transformation

Brian BerkWalgreens is focusing more on health, wellness and beauty and it attempts to draw pharmacy customers to the front end. read more

Data shows reach of Walgreens’ mental health platform after 1 year

David SalazarRoughly three-quarters of visitors to the online platform are taking active follow-up steps, the retailer announced Tuesday, noting that its digital mental health resources also are reach...

Walgreens’ Gourlay to ring Nasdaq closing bell

Brian BerkAppearance of company’s co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance will help honor Red Nose Day on May 25. read more

European approval for novel Eisai epilepsy monotherapy

Eisai and Bial have revealed that their drug Zebinix (eslicarbazepine acetate) has been awarded marketing authorisation by the European Commission as a monotherapy for the treatment of adults with new...

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