Pharmacology

2016/08/31MEDICAL UPDATE

EMA Highlights: Green light for new medicines

by Gary Finnegan: Eight new medicines have been approved by the European Medicines Agency at its summer meeting. The influential Committee for Medicinal Products for Human use (CHMP) has now approved a total of 45 medicines in 2016.

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2016/08/30MEDICAL UPDATE

EMA Highlights: EMA chief ‘building leaner organisation’

by Gary Finnegan: The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has restructured its staff in a bid to efficiently deal changing demand. The Agency faces the challenge of keeping up with growing demand without consuming additional resources.

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2016/08/29MEDICAL UPDATE

EMA Highlights: Spain and Italy pushing to host EU drug watchdog

by Gary Finnegan: Within hours of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, at least half a dozen countries began to call for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to be moved from London. With a total budget of €324 million and a steady stream of experts travelling back and forth for meetings, housing the agency is a big prize.

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2016/07/13MEDICAL UPDATE

Study supports use of aspirin after transient ischemic attack (TIA)

by Bruce Sylvester: Following a transient ischemic attack (TIA), quick aspirin treatment can significantly reduce the risk of a major stroke in the next few days, researchers reported on May 18, 2016 in The Lancet.

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2016/07/12MEDICAL UPDATE

Methylene blue appears to improve short-term memory

by Bruce Sylvester: One dosing with methylene blue appears to increase MRI-based response in brain areas that control short-term memory and attention, researchers reported on June 28 in Radiology. Methylene blue is currently used to treat methemoglobinemia.

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2016/07/11MEDICAL UPDATE

Pioglitazone shows efficacy against a chronic liver disease

by Bruce Sylvester: Pioglitazone shows efficacy against the progression of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, a chronic liver disease caused by a buildup of fat. Researchers reported this finding on June 21, 2016 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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2016/07/08MEDICAL UPDATE

Ketamine cuts suicidal thinking in depression

by Bruce Sylvester: Ketamine reduced suicidal thoughts in a small group of patients with treatment-resistant depression, researchers reported on May 10, 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

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2016/06/28MEDICAL UPDATE

EMA Highlights: Green light for six new medicines

by Gary Finnegan: Six medicines, including two combination therapies for chronic hepatitis C, have been recommended for approval at the May meeting of the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).

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2016/06/27MEDICAL UPDATE

EMA Highlights: EMA wants to improve safety of first-in-human trials

by Gary Finnegan: The EU drug watchdog is reviewing the guidelines on first-in-human clinical trials in response to the tragic death of a participant in a trial in Rennes, France, early this year.

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2016/06/27MEDICAL UPDATE

EMA Highlights: Drug developers get regulator advice on new meds

by Gary Finnegan: Most successful applicants to the EU drug watchdog, the European Medicines Agency, have something in common: they seek scientific advice from the regulator when developing their product.

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