Epigenetic Changes Make Breast Cancer Cells Drug Resistant

LabRoots | January 20, 2020

Changes in the epigenetics -  the modifiable chemical tags that can change the genome and gene expression - of breast cancer cells can make them resistant to drugs that are targeting them. This seems to happen to ER+ breast cancer cells, which make up around two of every three cases of breast cancer. This type of cancer can become resistant to the hormonal therapy used to treat it. Breast cancer relapse could be reduced, researchers suggested, if these epigenetic changes can be reversed. Reporting in Nature Communications, scientists have found that in ER+ breast cancer cells that resist treatment, the genome has been structurally rewired. This 3D change alters which genes are active or inactive.

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More Americans are concerned about health care costs (85%) that are concerned about other common worries like retirement (73%), housing (66%), and child care (49%).1 While Republicans, Democrats, and independents are divided over many healthcare issues, everyone agrees that the top health care priority should be lowering health care costs.2 Americans know the status quo is unacceptable. They want solutions.

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More Americans are concerned about health care costs (85%) that are concerned about other common worries like retirement (73%), housing (66%), and child care (49%).1 While Republicans, Democrats, and independents are divided over many healthcare issues, everyone agrees that the top health care priority should be lowering health care costs.2 Americans know the status quo is unacceptable. They want solutions.

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Edenbridge Pharmaceuticals Announces the Launch of DARTISLA ODT

Edenbridge Pharmaceuticals | March 01, 2022

Edenbridge Pharmaceuticals, LLC announced that DARTISLA ODT is now available by prescription in the United States through Phil, the commercialization partner and eHub for DARTISLA ODT, as well as in retail pharmacies throughout the country. To ensure access to patients in need, Edenbridge is sponsoring the DARTISLA ODT Copay Program, which allows eligible patients to obtain the product for as little as $0 when filled through Phil or $20 when filled at other pharmacies. “DARTISLA ODT is the first and only FDA-approved orally disintegrating tablet of glycopyrrolate, and we are excited to introduce this novel formulation of glycopyrrolate to patients and healthcare providers,” noted Daniel G. Worley Jr., Edenbridge’s Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel. “Further, Edenbridge is committed to ensuring patient access to this product, and we are pleased to be sponsoring the DARTISLA ODT Copay Program to facilitate getting DARTISLA ODT into the hands of people that need it most.” “Phil is proud to support Edenbridge’s commitment to providing broad access to this innovative therapy by simplifying the patient onboarding process allowing affordable, fast, broad-based distribution of Dartisla ODT,” Deepak Thomas, Founder and CEO of Phil The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Dartisla ODT for adults to reduce symptoms of a peptic ulcer as an adjunct to treatment of peptic ulcer on December 16, 2021. DARTISLA ODT is manufactured by Catalent using their proprietary Zydis® orally disintegrating tablet delivery technology to create a freeze-dried tablet that disperses almost instantly in the mouth without water. Patients receiving the 2 mg dosage strength of another oral tablet dosage form of glycopyrrolate may be switched to the 1.7 mg dosage strength of DARTISLA ODT. DARTISLA ODT is not recommended for patients initiating treatment or receiving maintenance treatment with a lower dosage strength of another oral glycopyrrolate product (e.g., tablet strength of 1 mg). Patients who are at risk for anticholinergic toxicity due to various underlying medical conditions or who have hypersensitivity to glycopyrrolate or the inactive ingredients should not take DARTISLA ODT. Adverse reactions include blurred vision, drowsiness, decreased sweating, flushing, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, tachycardia, and urinary retention. About Edenbridge Edenbridge is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on identifying, developing, and marketing prescription pharmaceutical products. Edenbridge’s goal is to create a broad portfolio of limited source branded and generic pharmaceutical products that will provide high-quality, affordable, and accessible alternatives in the healthcare market. Edenbridge’s approach is to work with best-in-class and like-minded industry partners to deliver its products to physicians and patients everywhere. Founded in 2008, Edenbridge launched its first product in February 2010 and has sold its commercial products through every major channel of the U.S. prescription pharmaceutical supply chain. In addition, Edenbridge has a robust product development pipeline that includes 505(b)(2) NDAs, ANDAs, and foreign filings. About Phil Phil is a commercialization partner for innovative life sciences companies, offering pharmaceutical manufacturers a modern alternative to traditional access, affordability and distribution options. Through its digital stakeholder experiences, patient access services, market access solutions and distribution models, pharma manufacturers can provide patients with more affordable and timely therapy access.

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Kairos Pharma Received FDA Approval of the IND Application for an Investigational New Drug

Kairos Pharma, Ltd. | March 15, 2022

Kairos Pharma, Ltd. a privately-held clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on cancer drug resistance and immunotherapy, announced today that its activated T cell therapy, KROS 201, has received FDA approval to move forward with a Phase 1 clinical trial in patients with recurrent glioblastoma. Kairos Pharma is funding the phase I trial, which will occur at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. John Yu, M.D., Kairos CEO, commented, "This IND acceptance is the second substantial clinical milestone within the past month as Kairos accelerates toward its clinical goals for 2022. This first-in-man Phase 1 clinical trial will activate T cells against the cancer stem cells at the root of glioblastoma." "This achievement pushes the envelope of immune therapies designed to target T cells against devastating cancers." Neil Bhowmick, Ph.D., Kairos Chief Scientific Officer KROS 201 activated T cells (ATCs) are killer T cells created in cell culture by activating a patient's white blood cells with cytokines or T cell activating signals and priming dendritic cells with antigens specific to glioblastoma cancer stem cells. Patients with recurrent glioblastoma are given the strongly activated T cells intravenously. As a result, cancer stem cells, which are the source of cancer, are killed by these cells. In February, the FDA granted an IND for a Phase 2 trial of ENV105 with apalutamide, in addition to the planned Phase 1 trial of activated T cell treatment for KROS 201. In 2022, an ENV105 Phase 1 trial with Tagrisso (AstraZeneca) for lung cancer is expected. Kairos Pharma also published a notice of allowance of their patent Compositions and Methods for Treating Fibrosis by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which coincides with the advancement of its clinical milestones. The method of treating fibrosis and certain types of cancer, the composition of matter, and the administration of therapy utilizing KROS-401, a cyclic peptide inhibitor of the IL-4 and IL-13 cytokine receptor complex, are all covered by this patent. This drug has been proven to treat fibrosis and cancer by reversing the M1 to M2 immunosuppressive macrophage shift in cancer and fibrosis. CEO of Kairos Pharma, Dr. John Yu, stated, "This milestone further supports the already substantial and diversified intellectual property portfolio of Kairos and enables the unfettered clinical development of this novel and transformative therapeutic." Dr. Ramachandran Murali, Kairos VP of Research and Development and inventor of the KROS 401 molecule, commented, "KROS-401, in addition to fibrosis and cancer, opens a new avenue in therapeutic development for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease."

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Apricus Health Partners with Medicare Advantage Plan Devoted Health and Full-Service Retail Pharmacy Liton Rx

Apricus Health | November 04, 2020

Apricus Health, an innovative healthcare company delivering high impact, relationship-based care, today announced two new partnerships that provide its members with extraordinary services. Medicare Advantage plan provider Devoted Health and full-service retail pharmacy Liton Rx are now partnering with the Apricus Health Network which is designed by Arizona physicians. "We are committed to helping our members with a range of quality services to improve health outcomes and significantly lower costs for patients and payers," said Dr. Kishlay Anand, CEO and co-founder of Apricus Health. "Our new partnerships with Devoted Health and Liton Rx, further that mission, with both organizations sharing our core value of emphasizing extraordinary customer service."

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