Bristol-Myers Squibb said its Opdivo (nivolumab) recently gained endorsement from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) as the first immuno-oncology approved regimen for treating advanced gastric cancer.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said its Shingrix vaccine, indicated for the prevention of herpes zoster (commonly known as shingles) in older adults, recently attained unanimous preliminary approval from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee.
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals said a Phase 1/2a study of its experimental drug VTS-270 (2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin) injected into the spinal theca indicated the drug can slow the symptoms of the progression of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C1 (NPC-1).
Novartis said recently that a review of the outcomes of a test of diabetics who had heart failure in which their left ventricle could no longer contract as it should indicates Entresto pills helped those diabetics better manage their blood sugar levels than enalapril.
Chemotherapy may save lives, but it can also cause patient hair loss – which is why pharmaceutical device maker Dignitana Inc. developed a special cap, recently FDA approved, to prevent this unpleasant side effect.