U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves IMBRUVICA™ (ibrutinib) as a Single Agent for Patients with Mantle Cell Lymphoma

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FDA OKs ‘Breakthrough’ Drug Imbruvica

 U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves IMBRUVICA™ (ibrutinib) as a Single Agent for Patients with Mantle Cell LymphomaWho Have Received at Least One Prior Therapy, a rare and aggressive type of blood cancer
Corporate Conference Call Scheduled Today at 10:00 AM PT, November 13, 2013http://www.pharmalive.com/fda-oks-breakthrough-drug-imbruvica

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYC) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved IMBRUVICA™ (ibrutinib) as a single agent for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy.1 This indication is based on overall response rate (ORR). An improvement in survival or disease-related symptoms has not been established. IMBRUVICA is a new agent that inhibits the function of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK).1 BTK is a key signaling molecule of the B-cell receptor signaling complex that plays an important role in the…

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Mast Ischemia Drug Gets Orphan Drug Designation

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Wed, 11/13/2013
Mast Therapeutics Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated MST-188 for the treatment of acute limb ischemia as an orphan drug.http://www.dddmag.com/news/2013/11/mast-ischemia-drug-gets-orphan-drug-designation

MST-188 (purified poloxamer 188)

MST-188 is a purified form of a nonionic, triblock copolymer (poloxamer 188). It is an investigational agent that binds to hydrophobic surfaces on damaged cells and improves membrane hydration and lowers adhesion and viscosity, particularly under low shear conditions. MST-188 has the potential to reduce ischemic tissue injury and end-organ damage by restoring microvascular function, which is compromised in a wide range of serious and life-threatening diseases and conditions. We initially are developing MST-188 as a treatment for complications arising from sickle cell disease.

How MST-188 Works…


Non-purified forms of poloxamer 188 (P188) have been used in foods, drugs and cosmetics since the 1950s. In the 1980s, extensive research on the mechanisms and potential clinical…

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Chugai Pharma to commercialize Helsinn’s Anamorelin for anorexia-cachexia syndrome in Germany, France, Benelux, UK and Ireland

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LUGANO, Switzerland, November 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Swiss Pharma Group Helsinn seals an alliance with Japanese company Chugai by granting exclusive distribution & licensing rights to commercialize its innovative phase III ghrelin receptor agonist in Germany, France, Benelux, UK andIreland

Swiss-based Helsinn group has granted Chugai Pharma Marketing Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., exclusive commercialization rights to their innovative ghrelin receptor agonist, anamorelin, for the three major European pharma markets.

Anamorelin is a new first-in-class, oral, once daily drug, currently in phase III for the treatment of anorexia-cachexia in NSCLC, a detrimental multifactorial disorder that affects over 50% of people with cancer and in which systemic inflammation, reduced food intake and altered metabolism contribute to loss of muscle mass and reduction of body weight leading to reduced quality of life, functional impairment and decreased survival.


  • Anamorelin is a synthetic orally active ghrelin receptor agonist which…

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Cempra’s Taksta secures FDA orphan drug status for prosthetic joint infections treatment

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FUSIDIC ACID, 6990-06-3

2-[(1S,2S,5R,6S,7S,10S,11S,13S,14Z,15R,17R)-13-(acetyloxy)-5,17-dihydroxy-2,6,10,11-tetramethyltetracyclo[,7.011,15]heptadecan-14-ylidene]-6-methylhept-5-enoic acid

Taksta (CEM-102)
Clinical-stage pharmaceutical firm Cempra has secured orphan drug status from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its drug candidate Taksta (CEM-102) to treat patients with prosthetic joint infections (PJI).

Cempra’s Taksta secures FDA orphan drug status for prosthetic joint infections treatment



Fusidic acid is a bacteriostatic antibiotic that is often used topically in creams and eyedrops, but may also be given systemically as tablets or injections. The global problem of advancing antimicrobial resistance has led to a renewed interest in its use recently.

Fusidic acid acts as a bacterial protein synthesis inhibitor by preventing the turnover ofelongation factor G (EF-G) from the ribosome. Fusidic acid is…

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FDA approves Gazyva for chronic lymphocytic leukemia

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Drug is first with breakthrough therapy designation to receive FDA approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Gazyva (obinutuzumab) for use in combination with chlorambucil to treat patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

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Roche’s new leukaemia drug, Obinutuzumab, superior to Rituxan in clinical trial

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Roche has announced that its experimental leukemia drug GA101, or obinutuzumab, used in combination with chemotherapy, was better than Rituxan at helping people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia live longer without their disease worsening, according to the results from the second phase of the clinical trial. Both drugs were tested and compared in combination with chlorambucil.

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