The Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance welcomes the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upholding the Eliquis Patents

The Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance issued the following statement: We welcome the decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s to affirm the U.S. District Court’s August 2020 decision finding the composition of matter (COM) patent (US 6,967,208) and formulation patent (US 9.326,945) covering Eliquis valid and infringed. Given today’s decision, the earliest that generic manufacturers are permitted to […]

Shorter course of antibiotics is effective for men with urinary tract infection

Researchers report that, for treatment of afebrile (non-feverish) men with a urinary tract infection (UTI), a 7-day course of ciprofloxacin or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole is a non-inferior alternative to a 14-day course of treatment. The findings were published on July 27, 2021 in JAMA/Journal of the American Medical Association. “The findings support the use of a 7-day course of ciprofloxacin or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole […]

Using artificial intelligence for early detection and treatment of illnesses

Artificial intelligence (AI) will fundamentally change medicine and healthcare: Diagnostic patient data, e.g. from ECG, EEG or X-ray images, can be analyzed with the help of machine learning, so that diseases can be detected at a very early stage based on subtle changes. However, implanting AI within the human body is still a major technical challenge. TU Dresden scientists at […]

A reversible male contraceptive, targeted to the testes with magnets

Women have several choices for long-lasting, reversible contraceptives, but most options for men are either single-use, such as condoms, or difficult to reverse, like vasectomies. Now, in a step toward a safe, long-lasting and reversible male contraceptive, researchers reporting in ACS’ Nano Letters have developed magnetic, biodegradable nanomaterials that reduced the likelihood of mice fathering pups for at least 30 days. Elevated […]

EMA gives green light for 8 new medicines

The European Medicine Agency’s key decision-making committee on human medicines (CHMP), has recommended eight medicines for approval at its June meeting.  The Committee recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation for Abecma (idecabtagene vicleucel) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least three previous therapies, and whose cancer has worsened since receiving the last treatment. […]

EMA reports big wins for small pharma

The success rate for marketing authorisation applications for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has doubled between 2016 and 2020, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). In 2016, 40% of medicines with an SME applicant received a positive opinion. In 2020, the number had increased to 89%. In 2020 alone, SMEs were behind 16 recommendations for approval of a new […]

Dessicated liposome technology improves vaccine stability

Mountain Valley MD, Ontario, Canada The results of the first study to evaluate the stability of Trivalent Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (tIPV) formulated in desiccated liposomes (QuIcksometm) has yielded promising results. The technique involves laying down a film of desiccated liposomes containing the vaccine in a vial. The vaccine is the reconstituted using Water for Injection at the point of administration. […]