Day: July 22, 2021

Listen: Breakthrough infections, the power of lobbying, & pharma’s cinematic villainy

Did we take off our masks too soon? Can Democrats pass a drug pricing bill? And do pharma CEOs get weapons training? We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, Céline Gounder of NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine joins us to discuss the issue of breakthrough coronavirus […]

U.S. sees first cases of dangerous fungus resistant to all drugs in untreated people

For the first time ever, researchers have reported cases of people carrying or infected with strains of the dangerous fungus Candida auris that were resistant to all classes of antifungal drugs before any treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The agency also reported evidence of some transmission of the strains within […]

STAT+: Most clinical trials failed to meet U.S. transparency requirements for recently approved drugs

In the latest look at clinical trial transparency, a new analysis found that only 26% of drug makers made results publicly available for all studies used to win approval for their medicines during a recent two-year period. The total rose to 67% when examining trials that were conducted in patients for indications approved by the […]

Alphabet firm DeepMind releases massive database of 3D protein structures

With the advent of cheap genetic sequencing, the world of biology has been flooded with 2D data. Now, artificial intelligence is pushing the field into three dimensions. On Thursday, Alphabet-owned AI outfit DeepMind announced it has used its highly accurate deep learning model AlphaFold2 to predict the 3D structure of 350,000 proteins — including nearly […]

When Covid first hit, prostate cancer surgeries fell much more for Black men than white men

Last year’s lockdown during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic erased cancer surgery from many hospitals’ calendars as they diverted resources to meet the mounting surge in Covid-19 patients. A new study reports a wide racial disparity in which men with prostate cancer during the pandemic’s first wave underwent a prostatectomy, a gap that […]

STAT+: Pharmalittle: Biogen defends its controversial Alzheimer’s drug; critics pan Pfizer plan for Covid-19 shot production in Africa

Hello, everyone, and how are you today? A shiny sun and delightful breeze are enveloping the Pharmalot campus this morning, where the short person has left for gainful summer employment and the official mascot is happily snoozing in his corner. As for us, we are staring at the intimidating to-do list and quaffing cups of […]

Biogen mounts defense of its Alzheimer’s drug, saying ‘misinformation’ is fueling controversy

Biogen on Thursday mounted a vigorous defense of its controversial Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm, with the company’s head of research and development releasing an open letter to the Alzheimer’s community that took direct aim at critics of approval. Al Sandrock, the R&D chief and an architect of many of Biogen’s successes, wrote that the purpose of […]

STAT+: Seres Therapeutics’ microbiome therapy for ulcerative colitis falls short in Phase 2 trial

Seres Therapeutics’ highly anticipated clinical trial in ulcerative colitis failed to meet its primary endpoint, the company announced Thursday. Seres, which is focused on microbiome therapeutics, is also shutting down two ongoing open label and maintenance studies of the therapy. Just 10% of the people who received Seres’ treatment went into remission; about the same […]

STAT+: Happify to release prescription app to treat depression under loosened FDA rules

Leveraging Food and Drug Administration regulations loosened during the pandemic, Happify Health, which is best known for its consumer wellness app, will launch new prescription-only software to treat depression. Happify, founded in 2012, recently announced it had raised $73 million to bolster its efforts in digital therapeutics, a space that is rapidly growing as well-funded […]

Opinion: Proven ways to boost Covid-19 vaccination: mandates plus nudges

The United States is approaching a plateau in vaccination rates at a perilous moment as the highly transmissible Delta variant has become the dominant strain. People are throwing away their masks and going to restaurants, movies, and traveling as they did in the time before the coronavirus pandemic emerged. New Covid-19 cases have doubled during […]

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