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Patient Experience Still Undervalued in Regulating Drugs

As I write this, I’m sitting in the University of British Columbia/Vancouver General Hospital (UBC/VGH) Eye Care Centre, where my husband, Chuck, is completing post-tests at the conclusion of a six-month study on prosopagnosia, otherwise known as face blindness. The…

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The FDA Should Provisionally Approve Vascepa

The FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee (EMDAC) rocked the biotech industry last week by voting 9 to 2 against approval of Amarin Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s fish-oil derived omega-3 supplement Vascepa in the supplemental indication of mixed dyslipidemia. The drug…

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Bug Juice: Antibiotics’ Slow Drip Turns to Flow

I’m terrified of hospitals. Not so many years ago, this would have been an absurd remark. With doctors and high-tech medical care all around, a hospital seemed like one of the safer places in the world to be. But then,…

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It’s How You Look at the Vial

What’s in a biosimilar name? That depends on whether the vial is half empty or half full. Seeing it as half full, many generic makers focus on the similarities between a follow-on and its reference biologic. Because of those similarities,…

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Patients Want More than Check-the-Box Experience

Patients getting their four minutes to say how an experimental drug changed their life or gave them hope have become a routine part of nearly every FDA advisory committee meeting – as routine as the call to order or the…

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Statistical Tinkering in Device Regulation a Disservice to Patients

Despite the regulatory approval of new antiepileptic drugs (AED) over the past decade and the expansion of indications deemed suitable for epilepsy surgery, individuals with intractable seizures – roughly one in three epilepsy patients – still face a dearth of…

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Omontys Recall Rings Alarm Over Biosimilars

Despite what the New York Times and its echoers have said, makers of innovative biologics have legitimate reason to sound alarms about automatic substitution of biosimilars that have not proven their interchangeability – and it’s not just because of the…

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On the ‘Gom-Boo,’ Ampligen, and Holding Out Hope

About a week ago, my obituary arrived by email. But something related, which you might think is weirder, happened Tuesday afternoon, and all of it involves chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and Hemispherx Biopharma Inc.’s drug candidate for it, Ampligen. More…

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Don’t Call Them Generics!

When the FDA’s Rachel Sherman said the biggest challenge the agency faces with biosimilars is educating the public, she wasn’t exaggerating. An article in the New York Times shows just how big of a challenge it’s going to be. The…

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Biosimilars are Changing the Global Game

I recently took a few months off from daily deadlines to explore the evolving world of biosimilars for the newest BioWorld Data report, The Biosimilars Game: A Scorecard for Opportunities, Threats and Critical Strategies. It was quite an eye-opening adventure….

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