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February 11, 2013
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  • Celgene's multiple myeloma drug Pomalyst wins FDA approval
    The FDA has approved Celgene's Pomalyst, or pomalidomide, as treatment for patients with multiple myeloma who have stopped responding to other therapies. Pomalyst is intended to strengthen the immune system in blocking and eliminating cancer cells. The drug's label will include a warning that it can cause clots and that it should not be used by pregnant women because of the risk for birth defects. HealthDay News (2/8), Reuters (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Care & Policy 
  • Guidance for new Alzheimer's treatments unveiled by FDA
    The FDA released a nine-page draft guidance document that recommends ways to develop medicines aimed at treating Alzheimer's disease before the onset of brain damage and memory loss. "This draft guidance is intended to serve as a focus for continued discussions between the FDA and pharmaceutical sponsors, the academic community, advocacy groups, and the public," the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's Dr. Russell Katz said. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has identified a lack of noninvasive, validated biomarkers and the nature of the illness itself as reasons behind statistics that show only three drugs have been approved since 1998, while 101 candidates have failed. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/7), The Hill/RegWatch blog (2/7), Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food & Agriculture 
  • Rothamsted considering another biotech wheat trial
    Scientists at Rothamsted Research are considering applying for permission to conduct additional field trials of biotech winter wheat. "Feedback we have received from farmers and members of the public has questioned whether it would be better to trial GM winter wheat, because it is more appropriate to this country," a Rothamsted spokesman said. Farmers Weekly Interactive (U.K.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industrial & Environmental 
  • RFS offers economic, environmental benefits
    Abandoning or amending the Renewable Fuel Standard would prevent U.S. from realizing its energy, climate and economic goals, and increase its reliance on fossil fuels, write DuPont Industrial Biosciences President Jim Collins and Jeremy Martin of the Union of Concerned Scientists. The RFS is helping to advance the development of cellulosic biofuels, which are a key part of the Union of Concerned Scientists' goal of reducing the country's oil use by half over 20 years. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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