Biomedical groups call for antibiotic research funding
Representatives of the BioIndustry Association, Antibiotic Research UK, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and AstraZeneca called for a new comprehensive approach to funding antibiotic research, warning that without new antibiotics, routine surgeries and other procedures "will become increasingly dangerous." Their open letter appeared in the Financial Times. BBC
Combined treatment from MSD promising for HCV patients with cirrhosis
An analysis of data from six mid- and late-stage trials found that MSD's fixed-combination therapy of elbasvir and grazoprevir without ribavirin achieved virologic response rates of 98% among treatment-naive hepatitis C patients with related cirrhosis. Administration of the treatment with ribavirin was associated with virologic response rate of 90%. PharmaTimes (U.K.)
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Pharmacies' ties to drugmakers scrutinized
Express Scripts, OptumRx and CVS Health are reviewing or have terminated contracts with certain mail-order pharmacies. "What we had not been aware of, until really the last year, was these type of pharmacies that have a really high proportion of sales from a drugmaker and it was not out in the open," said Everett Neville of Express Scripts. Reuters
Report: Generics saved US $254B last year
The US saved an estimated $254 billion through the use of generic drugs in 2014, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. Last year's savings were almost $8 billion greater than in 2013. Savings were greatest in the areas of mental health, hypertension and cholesterol treatment. The American Journal of Managed Care online
Africa backs India's ability to produce cheaper generics
African nations have endorsed India's efforts to retain aspects of its Patents Act enabling production of low-cost generics in spite of drugmakers' patent rights. The US plans to push for stricter enforcement of drug patents at a December trade summit in Nairobi, Kenya, according to a World Trade Organization official. AllAfrica Global Media
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