Breast Cancer Survivors Report Improvements in Side Effects After Acupressure

| January 17, 2019

article image
Researchers from the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center reported in 2016 that acupressure helped reduce fatigue in breast cancer survivors. In the new study, they looked at the impact of acupressure on symptoms that frequently accompany fatigue in this population: chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and poor sleep. They found acupressure improved all of these symptoms compared with standard care.

Spotlight

Vel Vaccines Biosciences

VEL (Variable Epitope Library) vaccine technology was developed to address the need for effective immunization strategies against antigenically variable targets. The main limitation of current technologies is their inability to elicit sustained, protective immune responses against these constantly changing targets. VEL vaccines anticipate large numbers of mutational outcomes in the target and challenge host immune defenses with thousands and tens of thousands of epitopes. Immune systems primed with VEL-vaccines produce unprecedented repertoires of T-cells capable of containing and neutralizing disease caused by antigenically variable targets.

OTHER ARTICLES

Five Ways to Manage Your Trial Effectively in a Fast-Changing Global Environment

Article | March 11, 2020

Over the past half-century, clinical trials have grown increasingly complex. A flood of new data from novel sources combined with more elaborate study designs and tougher regulatory standards have lengthened timelines and hiked costs, contributing to a steady decline of efficiency. It all adds up: Nearly half of all drug launches underperform revenue expectations. And if that isn’t enough, the outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide is having an effect on how life sciences companies operate their businesses, including how clinical trials are conducted. Most clinical trial research organizations have tried to adapt by tweaking a platform here, adding a new app there, but this has only yielded patchwork systems of sites, spreadsheets and dashboards that further burden the process.

Read More

What to Watch in 2020: Non-Specialty Drugs

Article | March 1, 2020

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are constantly working to develop new and improved medications. Join us as we explore the non-specialty drugs you should be watching in 2020. If you missed last week’s article about the most important upcoming specialty drugs, be sure to check it out here. Approximately 40 new medications are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) every year.1 (Please note: If you’re curious about what it takes to develop a drug and bring it to market, check out our previous article). Why should you care about these new medications? Because they can affect both your organization’s pharmacy spend and your members’ cost share. For non-specialty drugs, we will focus on medications that may come to market this year, including ones that are currently being reviewed by the FDA, or that are in the last clinical trial (Phase III) stage.

Read More

Roche Prepares to Launch COVID-19 Antibody Test System

Article | April 17, 2020

Swiss pharma giant Roche is joining the race to develop a test for COVID-19 antibodies in people who have been exposed to the disease. This morning, Roche announced the development and upcoming launch of its Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 serology test to detect antibodies in people who have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Roche is eying May for the launch of the test in Europe and is in talks with the U.S Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval of the system. Antibody testing is central to help identify people who have been infected by the virus, especially those who may have been infected but did not display symptoms, the company said. Roche noted that as more information becomes available about immunity levels to COVID-19, society can return to a sense of normal much more quickly. Roche’s test will join a number of other antibody tests that have recently come on the market. Earlier this month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first blood test for COVID-19 antibodies.

Read More

5 Pharma Trends and Their Impact on Packaging

Article | February 27, 2020

The pharmaceutical industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. New biological treatments for cancer, and a dramatic rise of widespread diseases such as diabetes, call for new processing and packaging solutions to fulfill the different needs all over the world. Keep your eye on these five main packaging trends for 2020 for the global pharmaceutical market.

Read More

Spotlight

Vel Vaccines Biosciences

VEL (Variable Epitope Library) vaccine technology was developed to address the need for effective immunization strategies against antigenically variable targets. The main limitation of current technologies is their inability to elicit sustained, protective immune responses against these constantly changing targets. VEL vaccines anticipate large numbers of mutational outcomes in the target and challenge host immune defenses with thousands and tens of thousands of epitopes. Immune systems primed with VEL-vaccines produce unprecedented repertoires of T-cells capable of containing and neutralizing disease caused by antigenically variable targets.

Events