Monthly Archives: July 2009

New NIH Leader Backs Personalized Medicine

Image by Getty Images via Daylife No one was surprised last month when the White House nominated world-famous geneticist Francis Collins for the top job at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The driving force behind NIH’s Human Genome Project for 15 years, Collins is experienced in managing large research projects and big budgets and […]
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Statins Get Boost from New Study

Image via Wikipedia Statins should be given to people with high blood pressure or diabetes, even if they don’t have heart disease, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. While several studies have shown that statins benefit those with cardiovascular disease, this is the first large study which looked at statins as […]
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Pharma Accused of Keeping Good Generics Down

Image via Wikipedia The European Commission has accused the pharmaceutical industry of delaying the entry of generic drugs to the market. As a result, it intends to step up its scrutiny of the sector under EU antitrust law. “We must have more competition and less red tape in pharmaceuticals,” claimed Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. “The […]
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Daiichi Sankyo Chief Talks Effient

FDA, late Friday, approved Daiichi Sankyo and Eli Lilly’s Effient (prasugrel), a blood thinner designed to lower the chance of blood clots in patients undergoing angioplasty. The drug received a black box warning from the get go, warning doctors of an increased risk of bleeding. However, the fact that the two companies now have a […]
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Novo Nordisk Launches Branded Twitter Campaign

Novo Nordisk, last week, officially launched its branded Twitter site “Race with Insulin” to keep patients aware of the day-to-day happenings in the life of indie racer Charlie Kimball. Using the social networking tool, Kimball openly talks about what it’s like to live with Type 1 diabetes and tweets about using Novo Nordisk’s Levemir (insulin […]
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