BEIJING Beijing-based Chinese biotech giant Beigene Ltd. said Brukinsa (zanubrutinib) won accelerated FDA approval to treat adults with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who received at least one prior therapy. This is the first China-discovered innovative cancer drug to win FDA clearance.
Hand-held diagnostics don't come cheaply, and their applications remain somewhat limited. Abbott Laboratories' Istat portable clinical analyzer, for example, retails at about $15,000, with each individual cartridge costing hundreds of dollars apiece to measure each of roughly a few dozen blood gas, electrolyte, chemistry and hematology levels in few minutes from two to three drops of whole blood.
A neuropsychologist consult is typically the first step for a neurologist in aiding in the diagnosis and monitoring of neurological conditions. But timely appointments for an assessment by these specialists can be difficult to obtain, even under the best of circumstances. To better enable neurologists to assess which patients are most in need of a consultation with a neuropsychologist, Royal Philips NV has launched an artificial intelligence (AI)-based cognitive assessment tool in the U.S. Known as Philips Intellispace Cognition, the digital, cloud-based assessment tool takes established neuropsychological tests and enables their administration by a medical assistant via a tablet in an office setting.
The fish were biting Tuesday at Amarin Corp., as the FDA released its briefing documents for Thursday's advisory committee review of a first-of-its-kind indication for the company's fish oil-based Vascepa.
Patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implant may need a pacemaker after the TAVR device, but a new study suggests that right bundle branch block may predict the need for pacing. The data may have implications for device selection as some devices are seen as less likely to trigger the need for a pacemaker, a development that may move the needle in the robust but increasingly competitive market for TAVR.
Virta Health Corp. reported 90-day data from a pilot study of its Virta Treatment for type 2 diabetes (T2D) in military veterans. Conducted jointly by Virta and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the pilot shows 84% of participants who used the low carbohydrate and diabetes coaching model reduced their glycemic levels to below the diabetes threshold or experienced at least a one-point drop in HbA1c, a measure of blood sugar.
The Alfred Mann Foundation (AMF) and Össur have signed an agreement that will allow Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur to further develop and license the implanted myoelectric sensor (IMES) system developed by AMF. Both organizations expect clinical trials to begin within the year.
Diabetes management company Dexcom Inc. trounced Wall Street forecasts for the third quarter of 2019, with the company reporting worldwide sales of $396.3 million, up 49% from $266.7 million in the same period of 2018. Dexcom officials attributed the surge to volume growth plus new patient additions as providers and consumers become more aware of the benefits of real-time continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), where Dexcom's G6 has seen steady demand since launching in June 2018.
Bowing to congressional pressure, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Wednesday filed suit against Gilead Sciences Inc. for infringing government patents related to the use of HIV drugs Truvada and Descovy for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Whether prescription drug prices are skyrocketing in the U.S. is a question of perspective and context. Patients needing regular refills of insulin or certain other brand drugs with no generics are seeing their out-of-pocket costs going up, sometimes with every trip to the pharmacy.