Monday, January 27, 2020
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Insys Therapeutics’ founder and former CEO, John Kapoor, has been sentenced five and half years in prison after he was found guilty of playing a key role in enticing doctors to prescribe Subsys in an opioid kickback scheme. Subsys contains fentanyl, which is to be taken sublingually or under-the-tongue.
The FDA has approved Tracleer (bonestan) tablets for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a condition characterized by high blood pressure in the lungs. Developed by Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd., bosentan 62.5 mg and 125 mg tablets have been found effective at treating PAH.
The FDA announced last week an accelerated approval of Tazverik (tazemetostat) for the treatment of metastatic and locally advanced epithelioid sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, for patients above 16 years. Epithelioid sarcoma is a rare soft tissue cancer that affects younger adults.
US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has revealed his detailed smoking cessation report in a press conference on Thursday. He said 40 percent of smokers are not encouraged to quit smoking by their doctors. In a detailed 700-page report, Dr. Adams mentioned the importance of counseling and medications when it comes to quitting smoking.
A new study, which appeared in Cell Reports, has found that a gut microbiome could help in preventing and even reversing Parkinson’s disease, an incurable neurological condition. Researchers found that a gut bacterium clears the clumping of a protein associated with Parkinson’s disease.
The FDA released a Complete Response Letter (CRL) to Sarepta Therapeutics on the agency’s website over its drug called golodirsen (Vyondys 53) for the treatment of Duchene muscular dystrophy. The letter mentioned the potential risk of infection and renal toxicity of the drug.
California regulators are considering deeming the drug acetaminophen (Tylenol) as a carcinogen. Although there have been mixed results, some studies have found that acetaminophen increased the risk of certain cancers, such as blood, kidney, and bladder cancer. However, the evidence is unclear.
The CDC said that the United States has its first case of mysterious coronavirus that was detected in Wuhan, China. The first case of the virus in the US appeared in Washington when a patient arrived from Wuhan on January 15. Four days later, he received medical attention and was confirmed to have the virus.
In the latest bidding of China’s bulk-buy program that took place on Friday, global pharma companies and generic drugmakers slashed their prices by 53% on some of their off-patent drugs. The national bulk-buy program’s goal is to get medications at the lowest possible prices at public hospitals and medical centers.
US health officials have said that they will screen every passenger coming from Wuhan, China, for a new respiratory virus, which has affected at least 45 people and killed two. The officials will screen all passengers at the three airports upon their arrival. If anyone is suspected, further testing will be done.