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World’s most expensive drug costs $US2m

Gene therapy drug Zolgensma has become the world’s most expensive drug, with the one-time treatment priced at $ US2.1255 million ($ A3 million). Swiss drugmaker Novartis has won US approval for its gene therapy Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic cause of death in infants. Novartis executives defended the price, saying that… Read More »

Puma Biotech’s new cancer drug Nerlynx suffered a terrible quarter. What gives?

Puma Biotech has only retained commercial rights to its cancer drug Nerlynx in the U.S. and Japan after a series of licensing deals. But even the remaining U.S. launch doesn’t seem to be going well.   In the first quarter, Nerlynx ginned up sales of $ 45.6 million, Puma said Thursday. That’s way below analyst expectations of… Read More »

F.D.A. Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression

The first drug for women suffering postpartum depression received federal approval on Tuesday, a move likely to pave the way for a wave of treatments to address a debilitating condition that is the most common complication of pregnancy. The drug works very quickly, within 48 hours — a significant improvement over currently available antidepressants, which… Read More »

Parkinson’s drug pumped directly into brain fails to pass key tests

Researchers came up with an advanced device to deliver the drugMintMotion for Passionate Productions By Clare Wilson A radical new treatment for Parkinson’s disease involves pumping drugs directly into the brain, but results from the latest trial can’t tell us whether it actually helps improve the lives of people with the condition. Parkinson’s disease certainly… Read More »

A High-Tech Pill to End Drug Injections

Here was the challenge for bioengineers: Find a way to for patients to take drugs — like insulin or monoclonal antibodies used to treat cancers and other diseases — without injections. The medicines are made of molecules too big to be absorbed through the stomach or intestines; in any event, the drugs would be quickly… Read More »

U.S. Senator Sanders asks why drug, once free, now costs $375k

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to Catalyst Pharmaceuticals on Monday asking it to justify its decision to charge $ 375,000 annually for a medication that for years has been available to patients for free. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference on Yemen resolution on Capitol Hill in… Read More »