Month: November 2021

FDA panel narrowly recommends authorization of first antiviral pill to treat COVID

A panel of experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration voted by a slim margin on Tuesday to recommend the agency authorize the Covid treatment developed by Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, after a vigorous debate about the risks and benefits of the first oral drug to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The FDA is […]

States: Sackler family members abusing bankruptcy process

NEW YORK — A federal judge should reject a sweeping settlement to thousands of lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, a group of states said at a hearing Tuesday, arguing that the protections it extends to members of the Sackler family who own the firm are improper. States have credible claims that family members took […]

Despite interventions, Black and Hispanic men are contracting HIV at the same rates as 10 years ago

Despite numerous advances in the prevention of HIV, new data show that the rate of new infections among Black and Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men did not decline over the past decade. Officials say the finding, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, underscores the need to address underlying social issues and gaps in […]

Holmes admits to misstep & Amazon scores a big health cloud client

Holmes admits to one key misstep in Theranos debacle Since Elizabeth Holmes first took the stand, she’s stuck to the case her lawyers promised from day one of the now 13-week-long trial: pass the buck. The Theranos founder has pointed the finger at others for failings in her company’s assays (the lab director and other hires) and […]

STAT+: Pharmalittle: Moderna CEO cautions Covid shots will be less effective against Omicron; Pfizer predicts new vaccine for the variant in 100 days

Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. We can tell because the official mascot is itching to bound about the Pharmalot grounds in search of varmint and the official and unofficial to-do lists are growing longer. But what can you do? The world, such as it is, keeps spinning. So to […]

STAT+: Immunogen study achieves primary goal of shrinking tumors in patients with ovarian cancer

An antibody treatment that delivers a targeted dose of chemotherapy directly to cancer cells shrank tumors in advanced ovarian cancer patients, achieving the primary goal in a late-stage clinical trial, the treatment’s maker, Immunogen, said Tuesday. Based on the study outcome, Immunogen plans to submit the treatment — a so-called antibody drug conjugate — for […]

Doctors hope Omicron causes milder cases of Covid — but it’s still too early to say

Physicians around the world have suggested the Omicron variant may cause milder illness than other forms of the coronavirus. But actually understanding Omicron’s severity is an open question, experts caution — one that requires more patient data and more time to answer. The South African physician Angelique Coetzee told the BBC this weekend, for example, […]

Opinion: In AI development, equality starts with a mandate for fairness and inclusivity

What are the most important ethical considerations for artificial intelligence (AI) in health care? The World Health Organization tried to answer this question in its recent report “Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health.” It offers recommendations on how to design safe, transparent, and equitable AI products and applications that can help providers make […]

Pfizer research head envisions a sprint to develop Omicron vaccine, if it’s needed

A top Pfizer executive says the company is hopeful that booster shots will provide sufficient protection against the Omicron variant — but has already envisioned a timeline for the development of a new vaccine if that’s not the case. Mikael Dolsten, Pfizer’s chief scientific officer, likened the company’s role to that of firefighters: It doesn’t […]

STAT+: Injecting cancer patients with genetically engineered viruses could be a ‘rock star’ therapy. Why hasn’t it taken off?

Stacy Erholtz had run out of options. At the age of 49, she had already been fighting multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, for almost a decade. In that time, she tried — and exhausted — every treatment available to her: traditional chemotherapy, novel drugs, and stem cell transplants. Continue to STAT+ to read the full […]

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